The CDC estimates that nearly 15% of all Americans suffer from some form of tinnitus (That’s over 50 million people). Out of that 15% or 50 million plus, about 20 million suffer from chronic tinnitus while over 2 million people deal with extreme and debilitating cases of ear ringing.
These are people who hear ringing in their ears almost every waking hour of every day for 365 days a year! Unless you are one of these 50 million people, it is very difficult to imagine the kind of suffering and discomfort that people with tinnitus endure.
- You cannot watch TV
- You cannot talk to your friends
- You cannot sleep well enough
- You cannot even listen to good music
This condition makes it difficult to have an average everyday life without making some adjustments and finding ways to deal with it.
What are Some Potential Remedies for Tinnitus?
One peculiar thing about tinnitus, or ringing of the ears, is that it is not technically classified as a disease. In fact, according to an ancient Chinese 5 element acupuncture theory, tinnitus is associated with the energy flow through meridian channels in our organs and bodies. Conventional doctors, on the other hand, associate it with damage to the functions of the inner ear.
All this makes tinnitus quite difficult to objectively diagnose and treat. However, some potential remedies have been found to work for different patients suffering from severe or chronic ear ringing. These include:
- The use of hearing aids
- Improved general wellness in the patient
- Vibrational healing
- Behavioral therapy
- Drug therapies
There is also an assortment of experimental therapies; each one with varying results in every patient.
How Vibrational Sound Healing Works as a Natural Form of Tinnitus Treatment
For centuries, mantra recitations and chanting have been a huge part of certain eastern holistic beliefs such as Hindu spirituality and yoga. So, the idea that sound has a profound effect on our health and well-being is not exactly new.
The Chinese 5 Element Theory of Acupuncture that we have already mentioned works on the principle that all matter, including the organs in our bodies, is vibrating at different yet specific frequencies. Things like stress, ill-health, disease and depression all cause the organs in our bodies to vibrate at frequencies not of their natural setting.
Therefore, playing soothing tones using things like a tuning fork or singing bowls promote vitality and healing which allow our DNA strands to naturally repair themselves and get back to their original frequency.
It is on this theory that vibrational sound therapy for tinnitus is based. Some studies that have confirmed that sound vibration actually works.
The idea is that the healer uses a tuning fork on a select number of acupoints thus creating energetic vibrations that go towards clearing whatever meridian imbalances you have that may be causing the tinnitus.
The theory is steeply entrenched on the belief that your health generally depends on your outlook. If you take good care of yourself and have a positive outlook through it all, you will see a marked improvement much faster than if you went into it doubtful.
What About Vibrational Sound Therapy and Conventional Medicine?
Granted, some people are just not programmed to believe in this sort of thing. The good news is that vibrational sound therapy can still apply in this case only the prescribing doctor will need to take a different approach. In this case, acoustic therapy comes into play.
Sound Therapy for Ringing Ears
Originally developed as a way to distract people suffering from tinnitus, doctors now use low-level sounds to create background noise that can help manage the condition. This background noise is exceptionally useful in several different ways:
- The sound and vibration created takes your attention away from the ringing noise in your ear
- Masking can cover up the sound frequencies in your ear
- Fostering ‘habituation’ which eventually forces your brain to regard the sound in your ringing ears as a lesser nuisance that is to be ignored
There is also a school of thought that believes tinnitus is caused by too much activity in specific parts of your brain. Therefore, the background noise is used to create neuromodulation which forces your brain to change the patterns that may be causing the activity the is leading to the ringing.
How does this work?
In most cases, special devices that are customized to each patient are either placed in the patient’s presence, or they are forced to carry them wherever they go. These devices produce the background noise that you need. This could be:
- A smartphone app
- Wearable sound generator
- A media player
- Electric fan
- Hearing aids
The devices that are customized for a patient’s specific case of tinnitus play background sounds at specified frequencies and tones that soothe you.
Vibrational sound therapy has been found to work particularly well for most tinnitus patients because it tones the muscles in the middle ear, calms hyperactivity in the brain cells, stimulates the cilia, corrects auditory mapping and in the most optimistic of cases, restore normal auditory function.
What you need to understand is that vibrational sound therapy is really like physiotherapy for your ears. You need to get daily doses to strengthen the middle ear muscles and brain pathways involved. It should also be stated that the duration it takes to achieve results is entirely subjective and could be as little as 24 hours and as long as 14 months or even more.
No two tinnitus patients are the same. Therefore, you should strive to get a specific diagnosis for your own condition and find professionals who are willing to take the time to come up with a highly specialized and customized regiment of vibration sound therapy for your special brand of ringing ears.
However, even though the therapies employed might be different, the principles are the same, and with consistency and a positive outlook, you will find a workable way to manage your ringing ears syndrome and lead a relatively normal life.