Acupuncture for Hearing Loss & Tinnitus: Does it Really Work?

Acupuncture for Hearing Loss & Tinnitus: Does it Really Work?

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Duane L. Smelser

Acupuncture is part of ancient Chinese medicine, and it’s a way of helping to cure imbalances in the body and set the body back on a normal path again. There have been claims from Acupuncture practitioners that the art can help reduce conditions like Tinnitus and general hearing loss. Some people believe this to be the case, while others are highly skeptical. Those who believe it certainly try it and many people who are suffering from severe hearing conditions might give it a shot as well. In general, it’s a good idea to fully understand what you might be getting into before you commit to any course of action.

Understanding Hearing Loss

Hearing loss tends to happen for one of two reasons. Either there’s a problem with the little hairs in your ear that convey sound to your brain, or there’s a problem with the auditory nerve which is what brings the signal there. Both conditions can happen for a wide number of reasons. For example, you can end up with a problem with the hairs in your ear due to a genetic problem. These hair cells can just become damaged due to head trauma or hearing too many loud noises. Or, they can just lose some functionality due to age. The same sort of thing applies to problems with the auditory nerve. There can be genetic problems or there can be head trauma or there can be many other potential causes.

Understanding Tinnitus

Tinnitus occurs when there’s a repeating noise in your ear, usually due to some problem with the nerve there. It happens over and over, and it can keep going for hours or even weeks or months at a time. The sound can be a buzzing, it can be a ringing, it can be just clicking. The point is that it repeats enough to be a distraction. It can make it hard to sleep or concentrate on anything at all. That’s why it’s important to take care of it as soon as you can.


The art of acupuncture comes from traditional Chinese medicine. This art uses small needles to help activate the body. The philosophy behind acupuncture is that the body has imbalances of special energy in the body, called qi. These imbalances, whether due to an excess or a dearth, end up causing problems like tinnitus or hearing loss. In particular, needles are placed at several key points inside of the ear points that are outlined in detail in old books about the best way to use these needles to help stop problems. The needles are often thin enough to make bleeding minimal and not even really cause pain, depending completely on the situation at hand, of course. The focus of the needles is on channeling energy. This is the belief, in any case. Not everyone agrees that this even does anything, but some people swear by it. The practice is one of those things that tend to invite a lot of controversy in any case.

Does Acupuncture Help Relieve Tinnitus or Hearing Loss?

There’s a lot of controversy on this topic, and there isn’t a whole lot of consensus that claims that acupuncture always works. There are some studies that show that it’s had an effect on some patients, however. It’s uncertain why the treatment helped, but some studies showed that some patients found some relief for their Tinnitus or increased hearing from some level of hearing loss after trying the technique. In other words, the research on the matter is extremely missed, to say the least.

Seeking Treatment

In the end, the best thing to do, oftentimes, is to at least start with traditional treatment and then work up from there. This means going to a specialist near you, getting a hearing test, and then scheduling for a fitting for a hearing aid if that’s what’s determined to be the best course of action to help treat your hearing loss problems. There are also treatments specifically designed to help alleviate Tinnitus. At the least, these methods are more proven.

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