Struggling with Tinnitus? Try Acupuncture!
Updated: Nov 30, 2022
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a medical symptom that indicates ear or auditory system impairment. Ringing in the ears is a common description, but you might also hear buzzing, clicking, roaring, or humming.
For some people, tinnitus comes and goes. For others, tinnitus can last for several hours or even days at a time. Regardless of the duration, tinnitus can be a huge disruption to your daily life, making it hard to concentrate, sleep, work, or enjoy activities.
There are many different causes of tinnitus, but the most common is exposure to loud noise. This can damage the tiny hair cells in your ear that send sound signals to your brain. Other causes include:
- Earwax buildup or a foreign object in your ear
- Meniere's disease
- Acoustic neuroma
- TMJ disorders
Tinnitus can also be a symptom of other underlying health conditions, such as anemia, thyroid problems, Lyme disease, and cardiovascular issues. If you have tinnitus, it's important to see your health practitioner to rule out any other potential underlying cause. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for tinnitus, but there are treatments that can help. One promising treatment is acupuncture.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine, and is most commonly used to treat pain. However, acupuncture has also been shown to be potentially effective in treating other conditions, such as tinnitus.
How Can Acupuncture Help with Tinnitus?
There are a few different ways that acupuncture may help to treat tinnitus. First, acupuncture can help to reduce the inflammation of the tissues around the ear. This can help to reduce the ringing or buzzing sound that is associated with tinnitus. Acupuncture can also help to improve blood circulation in the ear, which can also help to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus. Finally, acupuncture may help address underling health issues that are causing tinnitus.
A number of research studies have examined the efficacy of acupuncture in treating tinnitus. Although the findings so far have been mixed, many recent studies suggest that acupuncture may reduce the intensity of tinnitus, thereby boosting overall quality of life. Adults in one study from 2018 found that acupuncture helped make tinnitus sounds “quieter and less severe.”
If you are considering acupuncture for tinnitus, it is important to consult with a qualified acupuncture practitioner. They will be able to assess your individual situation and determine whether acupuncture is right for you.
If you're struggling with tinnitus, don't suffer in silence. Talk to your Hot Springs acupuncturist about potential treatments and ways to cope with this condition!
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