I have received a new testimonial from a patient who was introduced in the post: [CASE] Hearing Loss and Ringing in Ears
My experience with Ichiro at Cozy Acupuncture has been nothing short of amazing. In the fall I suddenly started to have clogged/full ears, ringing in the ear, and hearing loss. After exhausting all of my options with ENT doctors, I decided to try acupuncture and chose Cozy because of the easy online scheduling and stellar reviews. The results were immediate. Ichiro gave me something the doctors could not - relief and hope. Amazingly, he's also been able to bring back some hearing loss that I've had for over 15 years - I never in my life expected that to happen! Sessions at Cozy are truly healing and peaceful experiences. Ichiro's practice goes beyond the needles themselves and looks at healing more holistically, which has been really helpful for easing my symptoms and just making me feel better overall. I can't recommend Cozy Acupuncture highly enough!
For reference: [CASE] Hearing Loss and Ringing in Ears
The patient is 34-year-old female who is a mother of 2 kids.
She has had hearing loss and tinnitus in her left ear for 3 years and tried steroid injections, but they didn’t work. Since a week ago, clogged feeling and low pitch noise have gotten worse. She visited my clinic being afraid that she would have to use a hearing aid for her left ear because she had already been using a hearing aid for her right ear for 14 years.
She consulted two specialists and both of them told her that her ears were crappy and would not be improved.
What I try to do mainly during the sessions is relieving the tenderness around her ears and neck with my finger-pressure, and loosening the skin on the skull especially around the ears.
Ringing in her left ear has gradually decreased and the noise has become like wind and then computer fan, and it has become as low as she doesn’t notice, though it sometimes gets worse when she is tired.
Her right ear that has been using a hearing aid for 14 years also has been improved and she doesn’t need to use the hearing aid anymore, though it sometimes feels clogged and the hearing is weaker than her left ear.
Once she had vertigo and went to the specialist, she was diagnosed as Meniere’s disease, but she hasn’t had vertigo after a few treatments.
She is continuously having acupuncture treatment to improve and stabilize the condition.
A patient came to my clinic. He had had ringing in the ear before. That had been good after some acupuncture treatments, but it came back.
In the case of ringing in the ear, I usually retain needles at the points located around the ear in addition to the whole body treatment, and at the end of the treatment, I leave a short needle at one of the points around the ear.
I did the similar treatment on him, but when he came back, he told me that his ear was good for just a few days. So I left a short needle at the different point from the previous treatment, but the result of the treatment was almost the same.
So I decided to leave a tiny ball on a sticker around his hip joint. Hip joint?
When he had come for ringing in the ear previously, it had been difficult to leave a needle around the ear because of the hair, so I had tried to use a point around the hip joint. This point had not been indicated for ringing in the ear, but I just had felt like it could be effective for the ear. And actually it had worked well.
But I found a good needle which could stay even in the hair so that I started to use the needle in the hair instead of the hip joint point.
He came back again in a week and this time he told me he didn’t notice ringing in the ear so much.
Hip joint for ringing in the ear?
Acupuncture is interesting.
The patient had been coming to my clinic for light depression and lack of focus. One day he told me that he also had had a ringing in his left ear for a few years and we started the acupuncture treatment for the ringing in the ear as well.
The treatment was retaining needles at the acupuncture points specially for a ringing in ears located on the left side of the head in addition to the whole-body treatment.
The interval of the treatments was once a week until the 6th treatment and then every other week until the 10th treatment.
There was up and down about the condition of the ringing noise, but gradually decreased and since he said that he hadn’t noticed the ringing noise very much in his daily life at the 10th treatment, the series of treatment for a ringing in the ear ended.
I asked him about the noise in his ear when he came for his regular treatments, but it still seemed calm after that so that I didn’t give him the treatment for a ringing in the ear.
If you are concerned about a ringing in the ear, how about giving a try to Cozy Acupuncture?
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I’m treating a patient with hearing loss by acupuncture. She has had a hearing loss for a few years. She wants to talk with her grandchildren without trouble when they visit her.
I treated her 3 times for hearing loss. After the second treatment, she said that she could lower the volume of TV and could hear more clearly when she talked with her friend.
At the beginning, her left ear had weak hearing, but in the last treatment, hearing of her right ear was weaker. Hearing loss is an ear problem, but I’m not treating around ears though I treat around ears in the case of ringing in ears (tinnitus).
I hope that her hearing will be improved more by continuous treatments.
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One morning when 40 years old female called her daughter, she felt slight pain in her throat. In the after on the same day, she felt a little stronger pain in her throat when she drank water. After that, the pain in her throat occurred repeatedly.
One month after she started to feel the pain in her throat, she felt a severe pain in her left ear when she sneezed. The pain was like the inner ear was pierced by a lot of hot needles. The severe pain calmed down in 15 seconds. But when she swallowed saliva, the severe pain started again. She went to a otorhinologist (nose and ear doctor), but nothing abnormal was found and the doctor suggested the possibility of shingles. Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus and appears in a band on the skin. It can be triggered by stress or weakness of the immune system. She was prescribed with pain killer and antivirals, but there was no improvement. The cycle of the pain became shorter and she felt the pain every 1 minute even while sleeping. She was in a mentally tight spot due to the pain.
She had various kinds of tests in various hospitals, but the cause of the pain was not found. In the department of neurosurgery, MRI was taken but nothing was found and very strong pain killer was prescribed. The strong pain killer removed the pain but she started to feel strong tiredness. The cause of the strong tiredness was lowered liver function so she was unable to be prescribed with the strong pain killer any longer.
Then she was referred to a specialist of neurology in a hospital. Since MRI, CT or X-ray cannot image nerves mostly, various tools are used in neurology to check nerves. First, the brainstem was tested. If there is any abnormality in the brainstem, there should be some abnormality in the limbs. But there was no abnormality. After that, all the nerves that could be affected were checked. Trigeminal nerves were tested. Blinking shows sensitive reaction of trigeminal nerves. If the movement of blinking is slow, the abnormality of trigeminal nerves is suspected, but there was no abnormality. The last nerve not tested yet was glossopharyngeal nerve. MRI is unable to image nerves but MRI was taken again focusing on something around the glossopharyngeal nerve.
Fig. 1 is her actual MRI image. Only one side of the blood vessel by the glossopharyngeal nerve is thick. This was the cause of the severe pain. The disease was glossopharyngeal neuralgia. Hardening of the blood vessel located by the glossopharyngeal nerve occurs and the thickened blood vessel presses the glossopharyngeal nerve, causing a severe pain. She was released from the severe pain by the surgery to separate the blood vessel from the glossopharyngeal nerve.
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