Sudden hearing loss｜Effects of acupuncture and moxibustion
Four requirements increase effectiveness。
Severe sudden hearing loss that does not improve with intravenous steroids or intraventricular steroid infusion therapy can improve in 60 percent of cases if the four requirements are met.
The patient was discharged from the hospital with scale-out on all frequencies after hospitalization and intravenous steroid and prostaglandin E1 treatment did not improve his hearing.
Scale-out improved after 8 acupuncture treatments. In many cases, if the treatment is continued, it improves to about 40 decibels, but the patient wanted to continue the treatment, so he was transferred to a nearby acupuncture clinic.
Acupuncture is effective for sudden hearing loss, although there is no institution that officially studies acupuncture for sudden hearing loss. In addition, acupuncture seems to have a different effect than the therapeutic effect of steroids. If limited to sudden hearing loss alone, the efficacy rate is similar to that of the "Investigation of treatment of sensorineural hearing loss by recombinant human insulin-like cell growth factor-1 inner ear administration using bioabsorbable sustained-release gel for acute severe hearing loss cases," which was the subject of a clinical trial conducted at Kyoto University.
The base cause of sudden hearing loss is stress.
Stress is known to adversely affect the immune system by decreasing capillary blood flow. For those whose sudden hearing loss does not get better, acupuncture for stress often improves symptoms.
When the sympathetic nervous system is strained by stress, blood flow to the face and limbs is reduced. The accompanying decrease in immunity and natural healing power makes it difficult for the disease to heal. This is one of the causes of sudden hearing loss that ENT doctors are not interested in.
Facial blood flow. before and after treatment
Acupuncture produces the hormone serotonin in the brain. It improves blood circulation in the elimination, thus returning blood flow to the inner ear. The immune system is strengthened and sudden hearing loss is more easily recovered.
Even modern medicine cannot diagnose stress by imaging. The place in the brain that processes stress has a center that regulates body temperature, so mapping the entire body with thermography can confirm the state of stress. Acupuncture treatment according to the state of stress can enhance natural healing power and cure sudden hearing loss.
One cause of sudden hearing loss is ear infarction
Many otolaryngologists describe sudden hearing loss as ear infarction. In fact, many people's sudden hearing loss improves with acupuncture, which changes the body's constitution to be less prone to infarction.
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Poor blood flow in the calf can lead to the formation of blood clots. Most patients with sudden hearing loss have abnormal blood flow in the calf, so the calf is treated to improve blood flow.
Calf blood flow Before and after treatment
The calf is said to be the second heart. Improved calf movement improves blood flow in the microvessels. Blood flow to the inner ear also improves, which speeds recovery from sudden hearing loss.
Patients with slow recovery from sudden hearing loss often have compression of the vertebral artery that supplies blood flow to the inner ear and autonomic nervous system. Acupuncture is performed while checking with an echo. Improved blood flow to the vertebral artery enhances the natural healing power of the inner ear.
Treatment is tailored to the type of hearing loss
In the course of acupuncture treatment for patients with sudden hearing loss, we discovered that there are three types of sudden hearing loss. Acupuncture treatment according to the type can maximize the effects of acupuncture treatment.
When there is an abnormality in the body, the inner ear, which is the weakest part of the body, is affected. When we observed the process that led to the sudden hearing loss and the current situation, we realized that there are three types of sudden hearing loss.
By examining not only the condition of the inner ear, but also the body's general symptoms and performing acupuncture treatment for each type, it is possible to cure sudden hearing loss from the cause of the problem.
The temperature of the neck on the side of the sudden hearing loss drops. This type of sudden hearing loss is more likely to occur in people who are under a lot of stress working in the same position for a long time. The audiogram tends to be lower in the lower frequency range. Acupuncture is very effective for this type of sudden hearing loss. The thermography and audiogram are data immediately after the patient was hospitalized and treated with steroids. Hearing that did not change with steroids has improved with acupuncture. Low tinnitus and a feeling of being plugged up in the ears may occur, but these symptoms disappear as the hearing recovers.
There is scoliosis of the neck and mild inflammation. This type of sudden hearing loss is more likely to occur in people who have had whiplash or back pain in the past. During sleep, blood flow to the inner ear often worsens, so this type of sudden hearing loss is noticed abnormally when the patient wakes up in the morning. The audiogram often falls in the middle and low tones. Acupuncture is an effective treatment for this type of sudden hearing loss. The thermogram and audiogram are taken immediately after the patient has finished taking the steroid medication in the hospital. The hearing which did not change with the steroid treatment has improved with acupuncture which improves blood flow in the neck.
There is severe inflammation of the neck. This type of sudden hearing loss tends to occur after a cold, fever, or immunization. Dizziness is often felt at the onset of sudden hearing loss. The level of hearing loss is often high. The audiogram is generally decreased. Acupuncture is somewhat effective in this type of sudden hearing loss.
Sudden hearing loss is a general term for sensorineural hearing loss for which a variety of tests have failed to establish a name for the disease. By no means is the cause completely unknown. Considering sudden hearing loss as a systemic disease rather than a disease of the inner ear alone creates many opportunities to improve sudden hearing loss. If medication is not effective, please consider acupuncture.
How to recognize a good treatment center
Acupuncturists are a medical-technical profession and vary in their knowledge and skills. Choosing a good acupuncture clinic to treat sudden hearing loss is the most effective way to cure sudden hearing loss.
We are working on scientific acupuncture treatment of otolaryngological diseases
Hearing tests using audiograms, tests of blood flow status to the inner ear using echoes, and tests of stress and autonomic imbalance using thermography are all performed by the acupuncturist and utilized in subsequent acupuncture treatment, down to the smallest detail.
Bone and air conductivity testing with an emphasis on the ability to hear.
Blood flow to the inner ear is tested in the most common posture in daily life.
Autonomic balance and stress conditions are examined.
All acupuncture treatments are by appointment only.