Tinnitus is a medical condition of ringing in the ears with a high pitched sound which causes some hearing loss. It can affect men and women. Around 18% of the population suffer from tinnitus.
Symptoms of tinnitus include ringing, buzzing, clicking, or rushing, dizziness and even hearing loss.
The volume of ringing in the ears can vary week to week. For some patients with tinnitus it can be a sudden onset and be debilitating. It can affect people's sleep, mood and sociability.
A lot of people complain about tinnitus. Modern living with the use of headphones and loud music venues have damaged a lot of people's hearing.
The causes of tinnitus can be exposure to loud noise, an ear infection, trauma to the ear drum and a head injury in western medicine. From a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) viewpoint it can be caused by trauma to the ear drum by a head injury or loud noises as well as excessive working, exercising or poor lifestyle and diet. Therefore, it's important to make lifestyle changes to improve general health.
Acupuncture for tinnitus
There is no treatment for tinnitus in western medicine. Normally, people will play low level noise at night to muffle the sound of the ringing in the ears so they can switch off from it and sleep.
Within traditional Chinese medicine theory, tinnitus is caused by a weakness of the kidneys, which comes from overworking, age or a poor lifestyle and diet.
Acupuncture treatment has been used for thousands of years as a treatment of tinnitus. It can reduce the levels of tinnitus in some people, depending upon their underlying health.
I can treat tinnitus by:
- Acting on the cochlea, specifically on the contractile activity of outer hair cells
- Acting on the function of the efferent olivocochlear system
- Altering the brain's chemistry, increasing neuropeptide Y levels and reducing serotonin levels
- Reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory actors
- Increasing local microcirculation, which aids dispersal of swelling