What Is Tinnitus: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment for Tinnitus

Most of us occasionally hear ringing sounds even when there is no external noise. This lasts for a few minutes or hours. But if there is persistent noise or other noises in the head it is Tinnitus. It is often associated with hearing loss, though it does not cause it. Tinnitus is a continuous buzzing and irritating sound in the ear for a prolonged time. Though the reason of tinnitus is not known, hearing high pitched noise is blamed to be the cause of tinnitus. The high pitched noise imbalances the whole body system, especially acupuncturist believes it.

Tinnitus is a complex condition; it is not treated very easily by normal modes of treatment. Acupuncture is beneficial in treating tinnitus more effectively. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy. It involves inserting fine needles, needles very thin like hair into the skin at specific points of the body. According to Chinese acupuncture therapy, tinnitus is an imbalance caused between yin and yang. Yin is related to fluid and water. Yang is the fire energy of the body. These two forces are complementary to each other but they are also opposing. Yin is considered to be a female force, calm and passive it represent dark and cold.

Yang represents male force, aggressive and stimulating. It represents heat and light.
So according to this method, tinnitus occurs when there is rise in yang and fall in yin. The imbalance between these two results in tinnitus.

Tinnitus acupuncture treatment involves insertion of these fine needles into the skin at determined acupuncture points. After the therapy a person experiences a sense of relaxation. Acupuncture in tinnitus, in some persons give significant response while some people have partial benefit. The result will vary from person to person.

Symptoms of Tinnitus

  • One or both the ears experience buzzing, tinkling, ringing and humming or other persistent and intermittent noises.
  • Hearing is interfered.
  • Possible disturbance of sleep.

Causes of Tinnitus

  • Allergies leading to common cold
  • Ear infection like otitis media and otitis externa
  • Excessive wax in the ear
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Tobacco and caffeine
  • Diabetes and thyroid disease
  • Menieres disease
  • Stress
  • Head injury
  • What ever may be the cause, tinnitus becomes worse by stress, mental as well as physical. Some people can live with this problem happily, while for others life becomes miserable.
  • Tinnitus can be in one or both ears.
  • Buildup of wax or dirt in the outer ear, perforated eardrum or infections of the middle ear can damage hair cells in the inner ear.
  • Exposure to loud noises, head injuries, excessive use of aspirin and alcohol are other factors.

Tinnitus Treatment

  • Before starting any self treatment it is advisable to check with your ENT specialist regarding your condition.
  • Alternative therapy such as acupressure, acupuncture, hypnosis homeopathy may be helpful.
  • At times living becomes difficult with tinnitus, help of a counselor is useful in such cases.
  • Keep blood pressure under control.
  • Avoid stimulant drinks like tea and coffee.
  • Reduce your stress level.
  • Meditation and yoga are recommended in people suffering from tinnitus.
  • Ginkgo biloba helps in blood circulation.
  • Eating fresh pineapple reduces the inflammation in the ear.
  • Diet containing plenty of garlic, kelp and vegetables should be consumed.
  • Goldenseal, baberry bark, hawthorn leaf are known to purify blood and reduce the infection.
  • One of the most promising methods is to overcome the sound of tinnitus with less bothersome sounds from a radio, television and white-noise machines.
  • Ambient sounds picked up from a hearing aid and a tinnitus masker are other beneficial products that give back control over noise.
  • Acupuncture, hypnosis and relaxation techniques reduce stress that aggravates tinnitus.
  • Avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeine that constrict blood vessels and makes tinnitus worse.