Reverse Hearing Loss

With her 80th birthday approaching, Mary* began experiencing hearing difficulties all too common for people her age.Stock photo from istockphoto.com.
“When I would be talking to someone, I would only catch half of what they were saying,” she recalls. “I’d have to ask over and over again, I’m sorry, what did you say? Or if I answered them wrong, they’d give me a funny look and then I’d explain, I didn’t totally hear you.
Her inability to carry on a conversation without constantly asking people to repeat themselves was especially frustrating for her husband, Mary says.
She had her hearing tested and bought hearing aids. But she soon found them to be a nuisance.
“I was constantly turning them up higher, down lower,” Mary complains. “It was a pain in the neck, but I had no choice. Some people talk louder, some people talk softer, and that was a pain in the neck, too.”
By the time she began her eighth decade of life, she was resigned to the idea she’d need to wear such devices for the rest of her life.
Then one day, Mary’s husband picked up a copy of Florida Health Care News in a doctor’s office.
The publication included an article about an innovative inner ear treatment performed by John Lieurance, DC, to reverse hearing loss.
“I read it and I said, Hmm, sounds pretty good that he can help people,” Mary shares.
Dr. Lieurance is a chiropractic neurologist and naturopath, as well as a certified provider of Lumomed sound laser therapy, which is designed to rejuvenate damaged ear cells. Treatments have been clinically shown to improve hearing loss, as well as to reduce the effects of many balance disorders and tinnitus, or ringing in the ears.
Mary made an appointment with Dr. Lieurance at Advanced Rejuvenation, a regenerative medical practice in Sarasota. She reports the doctor was “very, very thorough” during her initial examination and consultation, which included a hearing test.
“He explained everything – how the laser therapy worked and what I could expect as far as getting my hearing back,” Mary adds.
Dr. Lieurance scheduled her for a course of Lumomed therapy, which consisted of 15 thirty-minute laser treatments on each ear.

Healing Energy

Advanced Rejuvenation is the only center in the United States approved to use Lumomed’s protocols. Dr. Lieurance had been treating hearing loss, balance disorders and tinnitus for many years through his functional chiropractic neurology practice when he heard about Lumomed from one of his patients. While in Germany, she received the treatment from Dr. Amon Kaiser, who has worked with lasers for more than 30 years.
“My patient got in touch and told me, Hey, this doctor is doing wonderful work in Germany for inner ear regeneration. It would be such a great adjunct to what you’re doing in Florida,” Dr. Lieurance relates.
He contacted Dr. Kaiser and traveled to Germany to study the science they had discovered and the methods for the treatment protocols.
“I was so impressed that I brought this back to Sarasota,” Dr. Lieurance states. “It’s phenomenal. I’m constantly looking for the best and most effective technologies to help people with conditions that are considered untreatable. When someone tells me, You can’t do it, it makes me want to do it even more.”
Dr. Lieurance explains the science behind Lumomed this way: Special nerve cells in the inner ear, called hair cells, allow for the perception of sound and are essential for balance. If those cells are damaged, an individual may suffer hearing loss, tinnitus or a debilitating balance disorder such as vertigo.
“We have a great deal of technology today, such as cell phones, iPods® and computers,” he expounds. “That technology, along with sirens and various machines in our environment, make different, high-pitched sounds that are very loud. As a result, the hair cells are highly stressed.

“If I hadn’t met up with Dr. Lieurance, I would still be wearing hearing aids.” – Mary

“When these cells are constantly overwhelmed by noise and stress, they cannot process energy correctly,” Dr. Lieurance continues. “With low or depleted energy, the auditory and vestibular cells in the ear lose their ability to do their jobs, and disease results, whether it’s a hearing loss, dizziness or tinnitus.”
The hair cells have their own energy source, which is adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. It is produced by structures inside the cells that act as power plants, called mitochondria. Maintaining the ears when they’re stressed requires vast amounts of energy. Without it, the cells begin to break down.
“Studies have shown that hair cell regeneration is possible,” Dr. Lieurance asserts. “Inner ear laser therapy is performed with specialized laser equipment set at very specific settings. The Lumomed laser showers energy into the ear in the form of photons. This energy is then used by the hair cells to repair themselves.”

No More Hearing Aids

The therapy is most effective for younger patients, who are “developing their language based on what they hear,” Dr. Lieurance points out. “If we can fix their hearing at a young age, they don’t develop a lot of speech impediments.”
The laser, which is applied while patients wear goggles and lie on a treatment table, emits very little heat. Some people feel the sensation of sunshine, while others feel nothing.
Some patients notice an improvement in their hearing within the first few sessions, Dr. Lieurance informs. For others, it takes longer.
“After the first two treatments, I was told not to wear my hearing aids anymore,” Mary remembers. “I should just trust that my hearing was slowly getting better, and it did get better” with each treatment.
Today, Mary says she can hear as well as she did years ago. She’s living proof that it is possible to turn back time, and that hearing loss is reversible.
“If I hadn’t met up with Dr. Lieurance, I would still be wearing hearing aids,” Mary shares. “People are telling me, Your hearing is back! Your hearing is back! I am very, very happy.”

*Patient name withheld at their request.
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