Guest Post: Tinnitus Part Two. Earrings, yes please! Ringing in the ears, no thank you!

Alternative Therapies
Acupuncture is known to have been successful for some tinnitus sufferers. The stimulation of certain parts of the body using this technique have provided relief for some people. If you choose to try this option, you should ensure that you see a licensed acupuncture specialist.

Craniosacral therapy works on the idea that the brain makes rhythmic movements and that these pulses can be felt with the fingertips. Manipulating this craniosacral system is thought to relieve pain and other conditions such as tinnitus by unblocking pathways. It is believed that releasing any restrictions has benefits for the entire central nervous system.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is another treatment being used for tinnitus sufferers. It involves the subject being exposed to 100% oxygen in a chamber which increases the oxygen supply to the inner ear and other body tissue. This treatment was originally used for carbon monoxide poisoning or decompression but is now being offered as a solution for those with tinnitus.

Hypnosis is another technique that people have reported has helped ease their symptoms. Again, it has had varied results but some have found it very effective.

Sound Therapy is a technique that uses different devices that produce ‘white noise’ which can help mask the sound of your tinnitus. It can be especially helpful when trying to sleep as this is when many sufferers report the ringing sound is worse. This type of therapy is often used alongside some form of counselling which can help you to learn relaxation techniques as well as reduce the chances of depression.

Medical Treatments
Drug Therapies are currently not available that has been proven to get rid of tinnitus. Some doctors are trying out different possibilities which would need to be discussed with you at a consultation.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a technique being tried out by some doctors. This therapy uses the magnets to stimulate parts of the brain that show a higher rate of blood flow with small magnetic field impulses. This increase in circulation has been associated with tinnitus and this treatment is thought to alleviate the symptoms. This is a non-invasive treatment that requires no anaesthetic and people are usually able to continue with normal activities immediately after treatment.

Cochlear Implants are usually only prescribed to people who are deaf or have an extremely profound hearing loss as well as tinnitus. This is because the procedure itself can actually damage any remaining healthy cells in the inner ear. It consists of an electrode array that is threaded into the cochlea and a receiver that is implanted just under the skin behind the ear. These electrodes send electrical sound signals from the ear to the brain, bypassing the non-functioning part of the ear. This technique has had quite a lot of success in patients with this condition.

Dentist visit for TMJ check-up. The Temperomandibular Joint is the main joint in your jaw. It can often become damaged or misaligned which can sometimes lead to tinnitus. Dental treatment or joint realignment can often prove effective so if you think this could be the cause of your tinnitus you should consult your dentist.

Hearing Aids would only be offered to someone who was also suffering from a hearing loss. Many of today’s hearing aid manufacturers have realised that several of the people they design them for, also suffer from tinnitus. For this reason, they have incorporated dedicated tinnitus programs into the hearing aids themselves. They work in a similar way to other sound therapy devices in that they will mask the sound of your tinnitus. These hearing aids will produce different harmonic tones which actually draw your attention away from the ringing noises and help you get on with your daily life. Many can be personalised, allowing you to select the tone that works best for your individual needs. Many sufferers have reported a significant improvement when using this type of hearing aid.

Read about what causes tinnitus and which supplements you should consider in Part One, and then get full spectrum help for your tinnitus by consulting your doctors. Although they cannot provide a cure, they can discuss your symptoms and together you can find the solution that works best for you.

Author Bio: Paul Harrison has been in the hearing aid industry for 20 years and in that time is has worked at both retailer and manufacturer level. Pauls business is a online portal that connects hearing aid audiologists with hearing aid users and if required hearing aids can be supplied a much lower costs than on the high street all with the same aftercare and warranties.

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