What is Ringing in the Ear?
There are many people that experience a ringing, buzzing, or other sound in the ear from time to time. This sensation, known as tinnitus, is a natural part of aging and is not considered a serious or fatal condition. There are times, however, when a person experiences a prolonged case of tinnitus, and this occurrence is usually a symptom of other conditions. Tinnitus has been known to affect one’s quality of life and disturb sleep, and can be caused by a degenerative auditory nerve, ear infections, neurological problems, prescription medications, chemotherapy, and Meniere’s disease. Tinnitus is usually associated with hearing loss, though the specific mechanical process of how the sound is made is not known.
How can I treat Ringing in the Ear?
Traditional Chinese medicine considers ringing in the ear to be a function of weakness in the kidney network and an abundance of negative emotions. Treatment focuses on strengthening this network and regulating one’s emotions and can be done through a balanced diet of smaller, more frequent meals that build heat. Preferred foods include organic chicken and lamb, fish, baked tofu, soybeans, eggs, lentils, black beans, scallions, and ginger. Other remedies include conducting standard ear irrigation with earwax kits, and drinking three daily cups of tea made from oregano, cilantro, rosemary, sage, cinnamon, and fresh ginger. It is also recommended to practice regular cardiovascular exercise, combined with tai chi or qi gong, to stimulate circulation of the blood.
What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Ringing in the Ear?
In building heat, it is important to avoid cold and raw foods, icy beverages, greasy and oily foods, processed meats, dairy products, alcohol, smoking, aspirin, diuretics such as Lasix, chemotherapy, exposure to loud noise, and certain antibiotics such as aminoglycosides.
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