Acupuncture Treatment for Hearing Loss
Last week we asked for readers' experiences with the use of
acupuncture for treating hearing loss. We got two replies:
Warren Hanna - WTHanna@aol.com - who is a director of Hard of Hearing
Advocates - http://www.hohadvocates.org/ - in Framingham, MA, provided
the following account:
"Twenty five or more years ago, acupuncture was moving into the
States. Along with it was the announcement that acupuncture MAY have
helped certain school children with hearing loss in Japan.
"I first went to the VA to have my hearing tested. I then had 30
treatments. On two occasions I went to different companies offering
acupuncture. They each differed from the other and from the base company
I was dealing with.
"As it was being done and then when it was over, I felt positive
my hearing had improved immensely. I then went back to the VA for
another test. They advised me my hearing was no better.
"At the time, I felt they were lying to me but I couldn't
understand why. Over time, I realized that they were right; my hearing
really hadn't improved."
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Jeff Palace offers a similar account:
"I tried several acupuncture sessions for both my sudden hearing
loss and tinnitus about a year ago after reading that there was a
specific acupuncture routine for hearing loss. Unfortunately my results
reflected the general consensus of the medical community that there is
no clinical evidence of hearing or tinnitus improvement that can be
attributed to acupuncture. I would suspect that the power of suggestion
more than anything else is probably responsible for any such reported
So, including last week's account, that's three first-hand reports
from people whom acupuncture has not helped. Any other stories out