Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a persistent noise in the ears, commonly ringing or roaring. It may be due to the presence of a foreign body in the ear canal, barotrauma after flying, or taking certain drugs, especially aspirin. It may be brought on by influenza or aging, and is an occupational hazard for those employed in noisy workplaces. The condition may be accompanied by deafness and giddiness, tenderness as a result of pressure on the nerves at the base of the skull, or headache.

SELF-HELP Place two drops of pure almond oil in each ear once a week. Reduce the stress that may be generated by this disorder by means of relaxation techniques (see page 217). Tinnitus may be exacerbated by neck problems, in which case consult an osteopath or physiotherapist.

CAUTION If you cannot identify the cause of noise or discomfort in the ears, consult a doctor within 48 hours.

Roaring in the ears with difficulty in hearing

Tinnitus with blocked feeling in the ears

Buzzing in the ears with dizziness

Possible deafness or muffled hearing and giddiness and nausea Noises in the ear heard as music or the buzzing of insects

Singing or hissing noise resembling the sound of an aeolian harp

Ears feel blocked and tingly

Hearing is impaired

Buzzing, especially in the left ear, sometimes accompanied by deafness and dizziness Deafness accompanied by a severe headache and violent noise in the ears Possible tenderness in the cervical or dorsal spine and pain in the head pressure caused by sound waves. Beyond the eardrum is the middle ear, where a series of small bones transforms vibrations so that they can pass through the liquid in the inner ear. From here, information is transmitted along the auditory nerve to the brain. The eustachian tube links the middle ear to the back of the nose and maintains the same air pressure on either side of the eardrum. The ears are susceptible to invasion by particles and microorganisms and are easily damaged, so any pain or other kind of discomfort should be investigated promptly. Homeopathic remedies can be of particular help in treating ailments linked to catarrh resulting from respiratory infections.

PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS

SYMPTOMS BETTER

SYMPTOMS WORSE

REMEDY & DOSAGE

• Extreme irritability and anger

• Emotional oversensitivity

• Sensitivity to even the slightest jarring of the body

• For applying warm compresses to the head

• When the head is warmly wrapped

• On undressing when chilled

• When the ear is touched

• When lying on the affected side

Hepar sulph.

(see page 84) 6c half-hourly until you see a doctor

• Restlessness and agitation that may be accompanied by hallucinations or violent outbursts

• Sensitivity to heat, light, noise, or touch

• When standing or sitting upright

• For applying cold compresses to the forehead

• When the head is chilled

• For movement, jarring, noise, light, or pressure

• When lying on the right side

(see page 39) 30c half-hourly until you see a doctor

• Tearfulness and self-pity

• Desire for company

• In small children, constant desire for cuddles

• For gentle movement

• In cool, dry conditions

• In hot, stuffy conditions

• When lying on the left side

• For prolonged standing

Pulsatilla

(see page 61) 6c hourly up to 10 doses

• Restlessness and overexcitability

• Desire to keep constantly busy

• Obsessive checking to make sure things have not been forgotten

• In cold conditions

• For emotional stress

(see page 86) 6c 4 times daily up to 7 days

• Irritability

• Discontent

• For gently rubbing the ear

• When lying down at night

(see page 150) 6c 4 times daily up to 7 days

None apart from irritability or depression due to discomfort of symptoms

For applying heat, especially dry heat, to the ear

When the ear is touched For movement At night In cold air

Salicylic ac.

(see page 120) 6c 3 times daily up to 14 days

Irritability, anxiety, intolerance, and mood swings Possible hallucinations

In the open air

After breakfast For bathing

Carbon sulph.

(see page 134) 6c 3 times daily up to 14 days

Nervousness

Nominal aphasia (difficulty in naming objects)

Great anguish and fits of anxiety, despair, and melancholia

For applying pressure to the ear

For yawning

When bending forward

At precise, regular intervals For cold

Between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. For touch For movement

China sulph.

(see page 136) 6c 3 times daily up to 14 days

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