We may have experienced at some point in our lives a temporary period of deafness after being exposed to a sudden loud noise. This exposure leads to temporal deafness. But, if the exposure to loud sounds occurs every day, it could lead to injuries in the auditory organs and cause problems such as hearing loss of tinnitus.
Though not classified as a disease, tinnitus is an abnormal physical condition whose symptoms include an awareness of certain sounds in the head that actually have no external origin. This sound is not heard by other people.
People with tinnitus often hear an internal ringing noise which is either high pitched or low pitched. Other tinnitus sufferers also can hear whooshing, loud roaring, buzzing, humming, ticking, clicking or other sounds. The quality of the sound may be musical, or even mechanical in nature.
The Causes of Tinnitus
Tinnitus may come about in a spontaneous manner either from an unknown or a specific cause(s). Each case of this disorder is unique. In traditional Chinese medicine, tinnitus arises when an imbalance exists within the body. The imbalance usually occurs around the neck or head areas. In conventional medicine the auditory hallucinations is blamed on specific psychological issues.
Tinnitus can be due to issues associated with age. But no matter what cause it originated from, this condition always adversely affects the quality of life of the sufferer.
A unique type of Chinese medical procedure, acupuncture involves the insertion of filiform needles into foreknown acupuncture points located in specific parts of the body to help resolve disease and pain conditions. It can be a viable modality for the management of tinnitus.
TCM or Traditional Chinese medicine follows a certain procedure, and instead of resolving the symptoms, treats a person as a whole.
In treating tinnitus, a qualified acupuncturist inserts needles through the affected acupoints. The idea of needles piercing the skin may seem unsavory for some people. In lieu of needles, the acupuncturist can instead massage gently these points to relieve the peculiar sound sensation in the ears.
A number of effects will happen when a tinnitus patient is treated with acupuncture. These effects include:
-A reduction of any swelling or inflammatory conditions that may develop in the ear resulting in tinnitus
– A lowering in the levels of a certain neurotransmitter that functions as a vasoconstrictor that may be one of the reasons for tinnitus.
– Alleviation of the internal sound that seem to emanate in the inner ear.
– A contraction in the ear that affects the outer hair that aids in the proper adjustment of the cochlear frequency response.
Acupuncture treatments have been shown to be very effective modes of treatment for tinnitus.