People are supposed to ring in the holidays with the sounds of good cheer. Yet for many worldwide they are ringing in the new year with something else, something they ring every day with…
Tinnitus. The inner sound of a buzzing, whirring or ring that for many never stops. So I want to share some I have learned with this issue, and a few of the ways I have to help manage the issue (I have yet to stop it, only lessen the effect). Mine seems related to periods of sinus buildup that inflames the eustachian tube (that runs between the ear and the throat), and from simply the brain in hyper-stimulation mode from modern high doses of electromagnetic energy.
I have had Tinnitus for the last 2 years. One day it just showed up. It goes on and off. Sometimes it is one ear, sometimes the other, sometimes both. When it is there it is frustrating to say the least. Silence is next to impossible, you crave for some form of noise, just to drown it out. Any sort of repetitive sound.
There can be many causes of this. 30 years ago it was basically rarely seen by doctors. And when it was, it was usually due to a loud noise that had caused damage to the ear. But even in the past there were references to tinnitus when no loud noise was the cause. Cold or sinus infection was said to be the next culprit, but as I say there are many. The Elbers Papyrus in Ancient Egypt mentions the problem as calling it bewitching in the ear, and called for herbs to placed within to pull out the illness. Greeks and Romans too had their cures for this baffling problem.
I have learned much about it.
Today it has exploded into epidemic range. The influx of wifi, cell phones, and other electromagnetic influence, blue light from hours a day staring at screens I believe is the main cause of the brain getting overloaded and stressed. For many have claimed the ringing is a natural body mechanism to relate a danger it notices in the environment, or how one is doing. The fact is is always ringing means the system is indicating constant danger 24 hours a day. And that to me the attack the brain is responding to constantly is from electromagnetic frequencies.
Interestingly, Jinsheng Zhang, a professor of otolaryngology claimed that as signals from the outside world got decreased (due to hearing loss), the brain’s auditory system becomes more active to make up for the loss. I quote him from an Atlantic article from 2016,
“Now, you can hear my voice, because my voice is a sound that’s converted to a signal,” Zhang says. “My sound signal is converted by your hair cells into neural signals and they travel to the brain. This stimulates lots of nerve cells in the brain. They become excited and they start to fire. The increased neural activity is coded, it has meaning. But if the ear is damaged, there is no sound but the brain has enhanced activity. This enhanced activity has no coded meaning.” The meaningless activity can be perceived as a sound, and then you’ve got tinnitus.
What he is suggesting, without probably even realizing it, is the effect of electromagnetic energy. He claims sounds, such as his voice, can register through hair follicles or other senses not just the ear. The brain picks up far more than just what we hear or see. So how much of the wifi, cell phone, radio, and other signals are our brains picking up and being overloaded with, without us even realizing it? I see this problem for people getting even worse as we move to such things as 5G internet and whatever else comes after that.
I have learned how to manage it, not be done with it completely. But this has helped me, perhaps it will help you as well.
The best is Chinese acupressure points. Triple warmer meridian particularly, which runs up the 4th finger and around each ear. This is the meridian that gets over stressed and needs to be calmed down. The best I have found are TW 17 just in front of the ear lobe, TW 21 near the mid front of the ear, and oddly TW3 at the mid of the 4th and 5th finger knuckles, and TW5 just above the wrist. I may press the points for 30 min, and the reduction may come for an hour later. So if you try it and get no result, just wait. Another point that some may get relief from is a kidney point KD3 at the inner base of the ankle. That is because in Chinese medicine, tinnitus is often claimed to come from a kidney qi deficiency.
Magnesium, zinc and b vitamins can help as we tend to be deficient in at least one. Some have suggested ginkgo biloba, but it is something I have not tried. Sound therapy, which is a similar sound buzzed back to your ear to get the brain to stop making the sound has at times helped along the way.
If it is and Eustachian tube blockage, the best help has been some massage of that tube, just a downward pressing from the back of the ear down along the back on the neck. Done 20 times or so this does help. So too does either ingesting some steam in a shower, or in boiling water placed in a pot (Eucalyptus oil can help as well).