Acupuncture & Tinnitus Relief

The eastern world, although still behind the developed western countries, is where the majority of first human civilizations were found. This gives the Asian continent certain credibility when it comes to its rituals, beliefs and, of course, ancient medicine. Eastern medicine like acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and is believed to have existed even before the western sciences were born. However, the thing with eastern medicine like acupuncture is that you will never find conclusive evidence from the western science to prove that it works. And yet, there are so many amongst us who have tried it and now believe in it completely. The most attractive thing about eastern medicine like acupuncture is that it provides a cure for things that are tough to cure with conventional medicine. For example, acupuncture has been found instrumental in Tinnitus relief for many patients without any side effects.

Covering up Tinnitus with Masking

Doctors recommend treatments such as tinnitus masking which is a way of covering up your tinnitus noise with another more pleasing sound. The most common approach is to use "white" noise which contains all the sound frequencies. Other types of masking noises are "pink" noise (higher frequencies are removed), and "brown" noise (focus is more on the lower frequencies).

Does Caffeine Cause Tinnitus?

For many of us the only reason to get out of bed in the morning is to grab that amazing cup, or 2 of coffee. Others, a nice warm tea on a cold morning or a couple of sodas to get through the afternoon.  And lets not forget about our delicious chocolate treats throughout the day.  Tinnitus sufferers hear the dread rumors that caffeine causes tinnitus, and most would rather live with the constant ringing in the ears than give up their jolt of caffeine! Could it be true? Does caffeine cause tinnitus?

Meniere's Disease and Tinnitus

Meniere's is a syndrome in which you experience sporadic episodes of spinning vertigo.  Tinnitus is another of the major symptoms of Meniere's, as well as hearing loss. Typically, it only affects one ear, but in 10% - 20% of cases involves both ears.  Meniere's disease affects both men and women at the same rate, usually in the age range of 20 - 50 years old.  Each person is affect and experiences symptoms differently.  Episodes typically last anywhere from 20 minutes to 4 hours.  Between the unpredictable attacks, you usually do not have any problems or symptoms of the disease. 

Pulsatile Tinnitus

Pulsatile tinnitus is a disorder in the individual’s ear which is also referred as objective tinnitus. Pulsatile tinnitus is a condition where you will hear the rhythmical sound that beats in tempo with your heart beat pulse. It can be heard as a quantity of traits like a lower pitched pounding or booming noise or a high pitched clicking sound. The sound can be heard by others by means of a stethoscope or some highly precise apparatus. It may be characterized by single, rhythmic sound, or numerous bi-phase beats.

Hearing Loss or Tinnitus, Which Came First?

So, what came first, tinnitus or hearing loss?

How Does Loud Noise Cause Tinnitus?

Exposure to loud sounds is the leading cause of tinnitus world wide.  One example of this can be seen in US soldiers returning from war.  According to the American Tinnitus Association, tinnitus and hearing loss top the list of war-related health costs and is the number-one service-connected disability of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  How does loud noise cause tinnitus?

What is Tinnitus?

Ringing, buzzing, the ocean, hissing, crickets, heart beating in my ears.  These are just a few ways that you might describe that sound in your ears that won't go away.  No one else can hear it, nor do they understand what this sound is doing to you.  You learn that it is called tinnitus, some refer to it simply as T.  But what is tinnitus?