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“How can I help you hear?” The transforming power of six little words

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 18 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h184

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Restoration of normal hearing without hearing aids in age related hearing loss by our non-invasive and painless "Dr. Arulrhaj Technique".

Dear Editor,

We have read with deep interest this article by Sarah Chapman {1]. There indeed remains much to be done, and correct guidance through the medical system is one of the foremost requisite. There must be arrangements in place, proper directions and guidelines, which ensure that every patient knows what to expect, and whatever needs to be done or followed. As far as possible, do listen to what your patient or the care givers convey by means of speech, by expressions, or by signs, etc. Do not be dismissive or be impolite or in a hurry, as you don’t know what all troubles has the patient already taken to get an appointment and then to keep it.

It has been quite some time since we talked about reversing hearing loss in presbycusis, and that we are perhaps wrong in considering the inner ear, cochlear issues, sensorineural hearing loss, as the only cause for presbycusis [2]. As nascent or incomplete as our innovative technique for reversal and restoration of hearing loss in age related hearing loss (presbycusis) may be, we have recently restored partial hearing in an elderly patient with presbycusis for over two decades not helped by hearing aids without any assistive devices or any further need of hearing-aids, etc.

Our innovative technique that we had named after our mentor as, “Dr. Arulrhaj Technique” for restoration and reversal of hearing loss in presbycusis [2-3], helped this patient as well to hear (although partially) without any external aids or hearing aids. This is a non-invasive and painless technique, which has been presented in our book that contains 14 innovative medical techniques for chronic medical conditions [4]. But then much more needs to be done from now on by the global fraternity for this technique. Alone, without any help or encouragement whatsoever, we couldn’t do anything more. We would definitely want the world’s scientists and medical fraternity to take on from here, without being over critical, outrightly dismissive, or persecutive in any manner. We would like to state that we must be actually wary of using this technique independently, and not until large scale trials are done at some well established medical and research centres, and not until the worthiness and efficacy is established for sure, and that this technique is made absolutely safe even in the hands of a novice.

Best regards.

• Dr (Lt Col) Rajesh Chauhan
Hon’ National Professor IMA CGP, INDIA

• Dr. Ajay Kumar Singh Parihar

• Dr. Shruti Chauhan

References :

1. Sarah Chapman. “How can I help you hear?” The transforming power of six little words. BMJ 2015;350:h184.

2. Chauhan R, Parihar AKS, Chauhan S, Chauhan SPS. Age related hearing loss or presbyacusis: are we prepared to listen and think differently for a tenable solution? BMJ 20 April 2013. Available at : (Accessed on 05 March 2015)

3. Chauhan R, Parihar AKS, Chauhan S, Chauhan SPS. Re: Cost effectiveness of strategies to combat vision and hearing loss in sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia: mathematical modelling study. BMJ 25 May 2013. Available at : (Accessed on 05 March 2015)

4. Chauhan R, Chauhan S, Parihar AKS. Restoration of natural hearing in age-related hearing loss by ‘Dr. Arulrhaj Technique’. In : Innovative medical techniques showcased at international medical conferences. Lap Lambert Academic Publishing; 2014. Pp 14 -22.

Competing interests: These are our own personal opinion and views, and have no bearing whatsoever to any organization or institution. This technique is part of the 14 innovative techniques that were recently published in our book that is titled, "Innovative medical techniques showcased at international conferences".

05 March 2015
Dr (Lt Col) Rajesh Chauhan
Consultant Family Medicine
Dr. Ajay Kumar Singh Parihar; Dr. Shruti Chauhan
Hon' National Professor IMA CGP, INDIA.
Family Healthcare Centre, Sector 6 - B (HIG)/ 154, Facing Central Park, Avas Vikas Colony Sikandra, AGRA -282007. INDIA.