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

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

Hearing loss or impairment is a condition where the patient loses his or her ability to hear speech, sound or noise clearly. It can cause significant impact on the sensory organs in the ear as well as quality of life. Hearing loss can originate from infection, loud noises or other underlying health conditions. However, in most cases, the loss is age-related, inherited or happens gradually. Luckily, hearing loss can be controlled if not cured completely, and this information talks about some of those treatment plans.

Understanding Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a gradual phenomenon in most people. There are very rare instances where it has happened overnight, such as in case of trauma and illness. Most people who experience hearing loss are not aware of the loss in the beginning because of the brain’s ability to compensate for the deficiency in hearing. With time, the loss becomes obvious. The family or friends of the affected person may acknowledge the hearing issue or the person himself will realize the severity of the issue. They may put off hearing test at first but as the condition progresses, there may not be much options left other than visiting an audiologist and getting appropriate treatment.

Understanding Tinnitus

Tinnitus is an ear condition where the person hears noise that do not literally exist. The ‘acoustic hallucination’, which is not an actual sound but the perception of sound happens due to damaged inner ear. The cells in the ear in this case send faulty signals to the brain causing the person to hear sound. There are many causes of damaged ear cells. One of them is exposure to extremely loud noise. Trauma or ear injuries are other causes. If a person works in a noisy surrounding, it is likely to cause hearing loss or tinnitus. This is why wearing some kind of ear protection is important.

Acupuncture

There are many holistic approaches to treating hearing loss and one such approach is the oldest Chinese tradition called Acupuncture. It is a natural practice that stimulates certain parts of the body through penetration of skin with needles. These needles coupled with magnetic energy reduce pain and help treat various medical conditions, including hearing loss. Numerous studies, although lack scientific evidence, have shown that acupuncture is very effective in treating tinnitus or at least moderately effective in curing hearing issues.

 

Does Acupuncture Help Relieve Tinnitus and Improve Hearing?

 

Additionally, studies have shown that acupuncture has the ability to alter brain chemistry. Acupuncture helps change the release of neurotransmitters that are responsible for impacting central nervous system. As a result, the person’s blood pressure, body temperature and blood flow are regulated which are all important in the optimal functioning of hearing. Note that, hearing loss may also be triggered by certain illnesses such as diabetes, blood pressure and obesity, so any changes that happen to the body that positively influence these conditions will go a long way in treating hearing loss or tinnitus as well.

Seeking Treatment for Hearing Loss and Tinnitus

For anyone experiencing hearing loss or tinnitus, it is important to visit hearing health provider to get a hearing test done and be fitted with hearing aid or undergo necessary treatment. There are several options available as a part of hearing loss treatment plan. The medical treatment comprises of using listening devices – hearing aids. The length of treatment varies and depends on the severity and cause of the hearing loss. Most age-related hearing loss cannot be cured but can be controlled to a certain extent. Other types of hearing loss if temporary can be cured by treating any underlying condition that the patient has. Listening devices and aids not only help the person hear clearly but improve quality of life as well.

If in any case the diagnosed hearing loss cannot be treated with hearing aids or medical intervention in general, your audiologist may recommend alternate treatment plan that would be most appropriate for you. The consultation with an audiologist will help determine the cause of hearing loss as well as the treatment plan tailored to your needs and budget. This may include diet, exercise or change in habits or lifestyle.