Tinnitus – A Basic Overview
Tinnitus is the medical name for a ringing noise in the ears. Tinnitus is a symptom and not a disease or pathology itself. Volume, intensity, frequency, and duration of the sounds created by tinnitus may vary from person to person.
Tinnitus – Not Always About Hearing Loss
Tinnitus can occur in anyone and is not always a symptom of hearing loss. The condition can be explained as the misinterpretation by the brain of irritation in the ear, causing one to hear sounds that do not exist.
- Loud music: One of the causes for tinnitus is trauma to the ear drum, which can be caused by severely loud music or any loud noise. A recent list of the top loudest bands raised a few eyebrows about the importance of ear protection at rock concerts. AC/DC, Kiss, and Black Sabbath were named as three of the loudest bands of all time. Musicians who play amplified music are often plagued by tinnitus as they age.
- Intense noise: Another loud and traumatic cause of tinnitus is the noise and percussion caused by explosives. An ear, nose, and throat specialist, Air Force Staff Sergeant Lee Adams, confirmed that many of the young servicemen he examines have complaints of hearing loss, and none of them were wearing ear protection. He explains that intense noise can cause irreparable damage to the sensory nerve in the ear, which detects sound and expresses that sound to the brain.
- Pathology: Besides intense sound, infections and aging may also result in tinnitus.
If you have ringing in your ears, consult a professional. Do not attempt to treat the condition yourself with alternative medicine unless you have guidance from an experienced healthcare professional.
There are no conventional medical treatments for tinnitus, although research into pharmaceutical drugs that reduce nerve irritation has proved promising.
Tinnitus and Alternative Medicine
- Manipulative Therapies: Chiropractic care and osteopathy are manipulative therapies that focus on treating medical conditions by correctly aligning the spine. Some patients have reported that their tinnitus is relieved by a vertebral adjustment to relieve pressure from the auditory nerve in the neck.
- Acupuncture: Acupuncture, a Chinese medicine treatment that increases circulation and energy flow, has been used to treat tinnitus. The acupressure points may also be stimulated with lasers or crystals.
- Oxygen: Hyperbaric oxygen chambers are sometimes used to treat tinnitus. The theory behind this treatment is that the auditory nerve has been starved of oxygen, and the hyperbaric chamber encourages an oxygen supply to be restored to this nerve.
- Vibrations: Vibration therapy has been used as a tool to help retrain the brain. Vibration is applied to the mastoid bone (the part of the skull behind the ear) in the same frequency as the tinnitus. Another retraining technique involves wearing headphones that are playing the same sound as the tinnitus, until the brain learns to tune it out.
- Nutrition: Nutrients that may benefit tinnitus include garlic, pineapple, kelp, sea vegetables, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B12, antioxidants, magnesium, pyridoxine, and zinc. Dairy, saturated foods, refined sugars, and processed foods may worsen tinnitus.
- Aromatherapy: Essential oils can be massaged around the ear to relieve tinnitus. Rose, lemon, cypress, and rosemary oils have been used for this purpose. Never put any non-sterile liquid into the ear except under professional medical guidance.
- Homeopathy: The homeopathic remedies kali phos, kali sulph, mag phos, and ferr phos have been used to treat tinnitus.
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