In every activity in our daily life, we communicate with Panch Maha Bhuthas (The Five Elements). This is communicated either automatically or through reflex action. In other words, we do not have any conscious recollection or awareness of this communication. We will only notice it when we encounter a problem.
The ear is one of the most important tools of contact, both to the external world and internally. Human beings generally have a very good hearing range; audible range of frequencies is usually from 20 to 20,000 Hz. This varies with different individuals, especially at high frequencies. There is a gradual decline with age.
The cognitive organs of the body is called Dnyanendriya – organ of perception, which includes ears, eyes, nose, tongue and skin. The ears are probably the second most complex sensory organ of perception; the eyes being the first. Hearing is an important way of input to our brains. We acquire most of our knowledge through listening. The ears play a very important role in achieving our sense of balance, such as in an asana practice – be it Tadasana (standing still), Sirsasana (headstand) or other yoga poses. Further, we have to listen to the sound of our breaths to master pranayama.
Yoga therapy for ear disorder is all about knowing how to deal and prevent further ear problems.
We should take good care of our ears, given it plays an important role in our lives.
Avoid staying in a noisy environment for a long time. Avoid using headphones and bluetooth for long hours; do not listen to music at a very high volume. Our ears need silence. Practise yoga nidra or silent meditation for few minutes a day. Stay in a quiet place for a while; it is a great relief for the ear.
The most common causes of ruptured eardrum and other ear damage is putting an object into the ear, for instance, to clean the wax with ear picks or to relieve itchy ears.
As soon as we suspect hearing loss or notice sudden changes in hearing or ear pain, consult an otologist.
Therapeutically, practice of pranayama and asanas help us prevent damages and maintain healthy ears. Through practice, the breath and Prana can do wonders to ensure proper functioning of the ears. Yoga therapy, under the guidance of a yoga teacher, helps address ear disorders.