n my 22yrs of dental practice I have patients who have come and I have diligently referred them to the ENT department, after ensuring that their temperomandibular joint is fine. The patients classically describe this as continuous loud buzzing, droning, whispering, humming or whistling. These sounds tend to me more audible, louder and most of them com to my clinic because their sleep is challenged and they presume that it is a sleep issue and tinnitus was considered as fancies and not something of concern.
Studies in UK show about 10% of the population of UK suffer from Tinnitus though I am not sure about the world statistics. all the same current studies show that there is a direct connect between Tinnitus and injuries arising from conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq the rise is almost 75 and the affected age group is 18-30yrs. The increase is also seen in 18- 30yrs who frequent nightclubs and concerts where sound of high decibels is heard.
Medically we would classify causes of Tinnitus as neurological damage, ear infection, embedding of foreign objects in the ear, nasal allergies, wax build up, exposure to loud noises which is the commonest of them all, patients are told to live with it.
Recently neuro-physiology is exploring ways to deal with this by toning the sounds with sea wave sounds, and other sounds essentially to distract the brain.
On shifting the focus of my work to a more holistic space, I realized that tinnitus needs to be handled with emotional and practical support.
Metaphysically this is linked to memory and consciousness. Toning an ancient method of healing with voice helps. It reduces the pressure within the ear and harmonizes the vibrations of the sound allows the frequencies within to reprogram the tones and energy alignment; it also instills a sense of well-being within the person. Since I do not do toning,
I had a client suffering daily ongoing tinnitus for 15yrs, the tinnitus took the form of whispers it was worse when he visited specific places, or was stressed, the biggest trigger ringing of any prayer bell. There was no history of ear-infection. When he visited the physician or ENT he was asked to live with it.
Along with the Tinnitus he had a low back issue, and history of inability to sustain a relationship.
From a holistic point of view Tinnitus can be placed with disorders of the Vishuddha chakra or the 5th chakra. This chakra governs communication, so it something being communicated either by the clients own inner self, or by an external source.
This required working with inner child, who is demanding attention or to be precise who is demanding to be heard. It could also mean that the inner child was hearing sounds that it did not want to.
out of the tinnitus cases that I dealt with in my clinic, the most successful one was a woman who presented with an associated symptom of violent anger when she heard the church bells, the Tinnitus attack would be triggered by this sound. Sound of rustling of leaf triggered discomfort, close to fear.
- We gave her an Emerald to meditate with sea wave sounds.
- After week on after reviewing we addressed the anger, and fear. Using hypno-drama. The emerald meditation of course was continued.
- After 21 days, the patient was reviewed and then we went in for organ regeneration through hypnotherapy.
- 21 days later
Through the therapy the patient had to face certain issues, release certain beliefs, find closures and work through forgiveness, but eventually the body balance was achieved, and creativity found its expression, with anger and fear released the emotions were stabilized. This brought tremendous relief in the condition. She is still working on it.