Many of those who suffer from tinnitus often turn to over-the-counter solutions to their problem, however these are usually not very effective and cause a variety of unpleasant side effects that could worsen the patient’s well-being. This is why I am providing you with five alternative treatments to tinnitus. But first, lets go into more detail about exactly what it is and what causes it.
What Is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is typically defined as having a ringing sensation in the ear that is not coming from any source of noise outside the body. Although the noise most people with tinnitus experience is typically described as a ringing, these noises can range from chirping to hissing, whistling or other sounds, and they can also range in volume as well.
In some people this noise can be continuous, while in others it can come and go. It is generally most noticeable when there is little or not background noise, such as when reading a book in a quiet room or trying to fall asleep. In some rare cases the sound can even become in sync with one’s heart beat.
Although loud noises are the most common cause of tinnitus, there are a variety of other causes. These can include:
- Blockages in the ear caused by wax build up, an ear infection or, in rare cases, a benign tumor
- Certain drugs such as aspirin, anti-inflammatories, sedatives and antidepressants
- The natural aging process
- Menier’s disease
- Injuries to the head or neck
In order to combat tinnitus, many people take pharmaceutical medication to help deal with it’s symptoms. Not only do these medications provide a new set of symptoms to worry about, they are also shown to not be very effective and in some cases they can even contribute to tinnitus symptoms.
Thankfully, there are a variety of alternative treatments to tinnitus that have proven effectiveness and don’t come with a long list of side effects. Here are the 5 best alternative treatments for tinnitus.
There have been several studies which highlighted the effectiveness of acupuncture when it comes to curing tinnitus. An acupuncturist who has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine will be able to differentiate the treatment for different types of tinnitus, and treatment usually focuses on fixing the “obstruction” in the ear’s channels.
A basic acupuncture prescription for tinnitus may take up to 10-15 sessions before noticeable improvement. Acupuncturists generally target the points on the scalp or ear during treatment.
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