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

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

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Acupuncture is a complementary and alternative medical practice that involves inserting needles into a person’s skin at various depths to stimulate a particular response. It is believed that performing acupuncture on one’s body can help balance their energy, eventually cure several illnesses and improve the wellbeing of a person.

The practice of acupuncture originated from China. Chinese medicine explains that illness is the consequence of an imbalance of the extreme forces ‘ying’ and ‘yang’ of a life force known a qi (chi). With complementary alternative practices like acupuncture, a person can balance their life force through targeting specific to promote energy flow and good health. When performing acupuncture, 350 acupuncture points are targeted in the body.

What to expect with acupuncture

An acupuncturist first examines the patient and inserts one or more thin, sterile needles into the patient’s body.

Depending on where the needles need to be inserted, the patient will be asked to lie down on their front, back or one side. Sometimes the needles are heated or stimulated with electricity after insertion. The patient may feel a very brief stinging or tingling sensation, as each needle is inserted. The needles will be kept in the patient’s body for up to 30 minutes, depending on the patient’s needs. Acupuncture is usually a relatively painless procedure, but patients occasionally feel a dull ache at the point where the needle was inserted. This ache usually subsides after a short period of time.

Risks of Acupuncture

The possible risks of acupuncture include, bleeding, bruising, and soreness that may occur at the insertion sites, infection from unsterilized needles and damage to internal organs in rare cases if the needle breaks. Acupuncture may also be dangerous if a patient has a takes blood thinner or has a bleeding disorder.

While there is no scientific proof to support the concept of acupuncture points in the body, numerous clinical trials suggest that acupuncture works for some conditions. Acupuncture has been used to provide relief from migraines, painful periods, dysentery and high and low blood pressure. It has also been used to improve hearing loss and tinnitus.

Hearing loss & Acupuncture

Hearing loss is a condition in which a person’s ability to hear is reduced. This condition when there is damage to the auditory nerve. People with this condition find it difficult to hear speeches and sounds. Some of the most common causes of this condition are aging and noise.

Several research studies have shown a positive effect of acupuncture in treating this condition. In the past people seeking treatment hearing loss, used conventional techniques such as cochlear implants, vitamin therapies, vasodilator medications and steroids. Today, people seeking treatment hearing loss, are now open to use complementary and alternative medicine such as acupuncture for treating this condition. This condition is a serious health condition that can affect the quality of life of a person. Untreated hearing loss can have serious consequences. Diminished cognitive function, poorer mental health, and social withdrawal are all consequences of untreated hearing loss.

Tinnitus & Acupuncture

Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. This is an associated symptom with other underlying conditions such as, age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder. Even though the perception of ringing in your ears can be bothersome, this condition is not usually a sign of something serious. Even though this condition can worsen with age, the condition can improve with treatment. Treating the underlying disease usually reduces the perception of noise or ringing. Even though there is currently no cure for this condition, people seeking treatment for tinnitus have a range of treatments can help, including acupuncture.

Traditional Chinese Medicine divides this condition into five categories based on the type of disruption to your chi or life force. Generally, acupuncture for this condition usually focuses on points in your ear.

For instance, a potential cause of this condition is imbalance in the kidneys or gallbladder, since chi pathways are found between these parts of your body and your ears. As a result of this, some acupuncturists might use abdominal points that address kidney imbalances.

People seeking treatment for tinnitus may also use hearing aids and sound therapy. Hearing aids provide external sounds to amplify to distract you from this condition, while sound therapy provides low-level sounds as background noise to help manage the condition.

That said, it’s still a good idea to visit a healthcare provider first to rule out any underlying causes that might require treatment, such as, head and neck injuries, medical conditions such as high blood pressure, Lyme disease, congestion and head and neck injuries.

My Hearing Centers

The jury’s still out on acupuncture as tinnitus or hearing loss treatment, but here at My Hearing Centers, we believe provide comprehensive hearing health services. For tinnitus, we provide sound therapy options and for hearing loss, we stand by advanced hearing technology. To learn more, contact us today. We provide comprehensive hearing health services and we’re here to help!