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Natural and Alternative Tinnitus\ Hearing Loss Treatment Options

Tinnitus is the perception of sound within the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound. Tinnitus is a condition that can result from a wide range of underlying causes: neurological damage (multiple sclerosis), ear infections, hearing Loss, etc. Several factors can affect a person's hearing including trauma, aging, hereditary predisposition, certain medications or long exposure to loud sounds.

 
To relieve their pain, many people take over-the-counter medications—either acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.Although hearing loss and tinnitus are common, there are basically few methods that conventional medicine has found to correct or reverse these conditions. Drug therapy, vitamin therapy, biofeedback, hypnosis, electrical stimulation, relaxation therapy, counseling, and habituation therapies have all been tried, but have limited success.

So what can you do? Well, there is some hope…from the world of alternative medicine.

Acupuncture may be the most useful treatment for tinnitus as well as hearing loss, and is often used with Chinese herbs. Acupuncture uses small needles, the size of a hair, and usually 8-12 needles are required. You should observe initial benefits within eight to 10 treatments, although more sessions may be necessary to obtain maximum benefit. There are many different styles of acupuncture, so be sure to find an acupuncturist that has had success with these conditions.

Chinese medicine is another method that may help tinnitus and hearing Loss. According to the Chinese, there are several different underlying syndromes that can cause tinnitus, so you should seek a certified Chinese herbalist. Although partial relief can occur in a few days, it usually takes 4-8 weeks to obtain substantial relief.

Meanwhile, you should avoid various substances and events that can worsen tinnitus and hearing loss. Continued loud noises of course will make your condition worse, so hearing protection is vital. Avoid medications that can cause tinnitus, the most common being aspirin products, but also anti-malarials, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics and anti-depressants may cause an increase in symptoms.

Finally, you should realize that the longer these conditions have been present, the more difficult and the longer it takes to resolve them, so don’t wait long to obtain proper treatment. As a general rule of thumb for homeopathy, for every year that a disease has manifested, it takes about a month of treatment to obtain maximum benefit. Most herbs take at least two months for initial benefits. Acupuncture may be the fastest, depending how frequently you attend. So, if you have tinnitus and/or hearing loss, don’t despair. There may be an alternative method that can help you.
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