Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

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What is Tinnitus?

A medical condition which causes noises in the ear.

Tinnitus can be annoying and distressing.


What are the symptoms of tinnitus?

Tinnitus is usually described as ‘ringing in the ears’ but the symptoms often take the form of buzzing, hissing or whistling noises. Most commonly the noises are quite high-pitched, but some people experience low rumbling or humming noises. For some people the noises are there all the time, while for others they come and go. The symptoms can be worse when they lie down, which makes it very difficult to sleep.


Who suffers from tinnitus and what causes it?

Tinnitus can affect people of all ages. Elderly people often notice tinnitus more, but this might be because they spend time alone or without other noises to distract them. Nobody knows exactly what causes tinnitus.

Some doctors say it’s caused by damage to the inner ear. Many people believe it can be started by extremely loud noise (such as standing too near the speakers at a concert). Some doctors believe that it’s a side effect of hearing loss, but there are plenty of people who suffer from tinnitus even though their hearing is still good..

Treatment for Tinnitus

Conventional medicine offers very  little help for people who have tinnitus. Treatment usually takes one of two forms:

  • giving patients a device that makes another noise, to try and mask the tinnitus
  • training the patient to try and ignore the tinnitus

Holistic Treatment

I offer a holistic treatment for tinnitus. Instead of trying to cover up the tinnitus noises, my aim is to reduce or get rid of them. Clients say that, with regular monthly treatments, they hardly ever suffer from tinnitus. If and when they do hear the noise, it is usually much quieter than before.  The treatment is a combination of reflexology and an acupressure massage of the head and shoulders.

A 60-minute treatment costs £25

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