Tinnitus Case Study
In early 2018 a patient of mine who was a voice over actor, he would sit or stand in a studio for 10 hours or more a day with ear phones on one ear or sometimes over both. Eventually after prolonged acoustic exposure this gentleman, we can call him Ben, developed a high pitch disturbance in both ears, mostly noted at night time but began to hear the ringing during the day which was disrupting his work. Ben was at his wits end with the frustration of dealing with the symptoms of tinnitus resulting in poor sleep quality and the effects that followed. I explained to Ben during the initial consult and health history that we would investigating lifestyle habits, diet, exercise and past traumas. I told him, the tinnitus wouldn’t be resolved in one treatment but given his history and probable cause, that after a series of treatments acupuncture can certainly help manage it and reduce the buzzing to both ears. After following my recommendations Ben found substantial relief after a month of acupuncture treatments, 10-12 treatments, then came in for maintenance once every week after that for 3 months.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a distracting sensation of noise in the ears or head when no such external physical noise is present. It may be ringing, buzzing, roaring, whistling or hissing sound. The noises vary in volume, pitch and frequency (continuous or intermittent) as well as their localization and can occur on one or both sides. It can happen suddenly for no apparent reason and cause great distress to the sufferer or sneak up gradually over years.
The cause of tinnitus can be hard to determine. Numerous factors increase risk, including loud noise exposure, infections in the ear or sinuses, hearing loss, Meniere’s disease, excess ear wax, direct trauma or vibration to the head, high blood pressure, dental problems, inadvertent reactions to aspirin, antibiotics or other medications, neck problems and tension around the jaw joint (TMJ), inner ear trauma e.g. diving, autoimmune processes and side effects of chronic or degenerative diseases. Psychological stress and physical stress which may be caused by pain, pathology, infection or overall deterioration of general health, can contribute to the development of tinnitus or lead to its worsening. Tinnitus related to emotional factors may be treated with acupuncture.
Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture for Tinnitus
Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine can help with tinnitus. The results vary depending on how advanced the tinnitus actually is. The chances of acupuncture being extremely effective in the case of an elderly person with tinnitus is significantly less than in the case of a younger person. However, with my approach with Ben and all my patients, I do NOT simply focus on the tinnitus. Your practitioner will want to investigate the root cause. This can be a vitamin deficiency or nerve damage. Eastern Medicine has treated billions of patients for thousands of years. Pharmacological drugs and steroids are not the only option. Side effects, dependency and not treating the ROOT cause and only the symptoms is not the way to cure these problems. Don't be surprised if your Doctor brings up your diet and will recommend some diet changes along with exercises and postural corrections. It is recommended to search out a qualified acupuncturist who is a registrant of the CTCMA here in Vancouver.
Contact Us! Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture for Tinnitus in Vancouver, BC
If you’d like to chat whether acupuncture may be beneficial for your particular condition, or if you’d like to talk about other treatment recommendations, feel free to give Acubalance a call.
In good health,
Jordan Titchener, R.Ac., PCP., CLT.,