Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears)

Tinnitus is the perception of sound within the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound. Tinnitus is not a disease, but a condition that can result from a wide range of underlying causes: neurological damage (multiple sclerosis), ear infections, oxidative stress,[1] foreign objects in the ear, nasal allergies that prevent (or induce) fluid drain, wax build-up and exposure to loud sounds. Withdrawal from benzodiazepines may cause tinnitus as well. In-ear earphones, whose sound enters directly into the ear canal without any opportunity to be deflected or absorbed elsewhere, are a common cause of tinnitus when volume is set beyond moderate levels. (Wikipedia)


Reports of tinnitus are on the rise in North Bay, and likely everywhere else also. This is one condition that can generally NOT be treated by acupuncture, in fact the treatment can be known to make it worse. The reason for the increase in cases is unknown, although there are theories about it being related to a particular drug or type of drugs, or perhaps a new technology. The Wikipedia article referenced above contains a list of common causes if you’re interested in learning more.

Since there are so many potential causes of tinnitus, we can’t recommend a specific way for you to avoid it, other than to generally take good care of yourself through proper nutrition, adequate sleep and regular exercise.  We can tell you to avoid listening to music at loud volume, especially while wearing earbud-style headphones. Ingesting high amounts of ASA (Aspirin) is a known and common cause as well.

Here’s to your good health!

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