Acupuncture for Hearing Loss & Tinnitus: Does it Really Work?

Acupuncture for Hearing Loss & Tinnitus: Does it Really Work?

Dr. Kevin H. Ivory

Dr. Kevin Ivory, Au.D., CCC-A received his Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then went on to earn his Doctor of Audiology degree from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, one of the top 10 audiology residential programs in the country.
Dr. Kevin H. Ivory

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Hearing loss has become a common problem that is affecting almost all people of all ages across the world. The hearing problem is not only affecting the health of an individual but also the social and economic life of a person. It is, therefore, reasonable to treat hearing loss regardless of the type and its severity. Many patients who have severe hearing loss are because they ignored the condition when it was still at its primary stage. There are various ways of treating hearing loss, but this article is going to have in-depth of acupuncture as a method of treating hearing problems.

An Outlook of Hearing loss

First, it is essential to understand what hearing loss is. Hearing loss is a problem that affects the individual’s sense of hearing in that he or she gets difficulties in perceiving sounds. We all know that the body part that is used to understand is the ear. An ear is complex in structure though outwardly, it looks just like a simple appendage. This body part has several other components that help it in its effectiveness. Once any internal part of the organ experiences a problem, you will have a problem in hearing too. Hearing loss can be noise-induced conductive or poor sensitivity of the sensorineural organs.

There are various stages of hearing loss because it always starts as a simple condition and keeps on upgrading if it is left untreated. The following are the general symptoms of hearing loss.

  • Failing to understand what other people are saying
  • Having difficulty in speech recognition and sounds
  • Staying away from social gatherings egg meetings and conferences
  • Difficulty in hearing voices when in crowds
  • Hearing of buzzes and ringing sound in your ears
  • Listening to audios and videos at high volumes
  • Frequent pardoning when talking to someone

There are hearing loss and tinnitus. The two are different though both of them are problems affecting the ear.

Highlight on Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a hearing problem that mainly affects your hearing and may cause discomfort, frustration, and stress. It is a condition whose characteristics include hearing of sounds and noises in your ear. The noises can be buzzes, hisses, and hearing like the noise of a ringing bell. Most of the time, you will experience tinnitus after you have listened to music with a loud voice. For example, when you are after attending a music concert or show, you will experience this condition for some time. Tinnitus can be subjective or objective, and it can be short term or long-term. The noise can be of high or low pitch.

Various factors can cause tinnitus, and it is a common condition that is experienced by older adults. Geriatrics tend to experience this problem because most of them, when they reach the age of sixty years suffer from ager related hearing loss. As stated earlier, loud noise can also cause tinnitus. When the ear wax accumulates in your ear, and you do not remove it, it can cause tinnitus. Some other factors may include mental illness, stress, head injuries, and even some medications can cause this condition.

Can Acupuncture Treat Hearing Loss and Tinnitus?

Acupuncture is a method that is used in the treatment of many conditions and not hearing loss and tinnitus. The technique involves the use of thin needles that are inserted in the body to stimulate the nerves so that they send impulses to the brain, and the body can heal itself naturally. It is a method that is practiced in various parts of the world, especially in China and Japan. Research shows that some patients have been healed using this method though some health professionals do not approve it.

The answer to the question is yes, but it is not the surest and effective way to treat tinnitus and hearing loss. This is because acupuncture involves the use of needles hence not safe for your health. The needles might not be sterile, and this can subject you to infections.

It is crucial for a patient with hearing problems to see a qualified hearing specialist who will provide him or her with the effective and safest alternatives for managing the conditions.