Ear Disorders

Deafness

DEAFNESS

Deafness or impaired hearing, may be categorised into

(a) CONDUCTIVE DEAFNESS

It is the result of an obstruction in the transmission of sounds to the inner ear, which may be caused by too much wax in the ear, boils, damage to the ear drum, or otosclerosis (bone formation in the middle ear). The deafness may not be total as the bones of the skull conduct some sound.

(b) PERCEPTIVE DEAFNESS

It can be the result of a defect in the receiving mechanism in the inner ear, or a disorder in the auditory nerve pathways to the brain. This type of deafness may follow an infection such as mumps or measles, the side-effects of certain drugs (e.g., quinine), or Meniere’s disease. The slow impairment of hearing due to old age or the constant exposure to loud noise and congenital deafness also belong to this category.

TREATMENT:

Baihui (DU 20)
Ermen (S.J. 12)
Tinggong (S.I. 19)
Yifeng (S.J. 17)
Zhongfu (S.J. 3)
Foot-Linqi (G.B.41)
Waiguan (S.J. 5)
Yanglao (S.I. 6)
Houxi (S.I. 3)
Hegu (L.I. 4)
Yamen (DU. 15)
Lianquan (Ren 23)
Tongli (H.5)

Deaf-Mutism

DEAF-MUTISM

It is due to congenital deafness or deafness developing in a child usually following an attack measles, encephalitiis, epidemic meningitis, or drug poisoning. As the child cannot hear he will stop talking and later completely lose his ability to talk. Congenital deafness is found to be less effectively treatable with acupuncture.

TREATMENT:

Baihui (DU 20)
Ermen (S.J. 12)
Tinggong (S.I. 19)
Yifeng (S.J. 17)
Zhongfu (S.J. 3)
Foot-Linqi (G.B.41)
Waiguan (S.J. 5)
Yanglao (S.I. 6)
Houxi (S.I. 3)
Hegu (L.I. 4)
Yamen (DU. 15)
Lianquan (Ren 23)
Tongli (H.5)

Earache

This occurs commonly in ear infection, in trigeminal neuralgia, glossopharyngeal neuralgia and in carcinoma of the cheek,

TREATMENT:

Baihui (DU 20)
Ermen (S.J. 21)
Tinggong (S.I. 19)
Tinghui (G.B. 2)
Yifeng (S.J. 17)
Zhongzhu (S.J. 3)
Waiguan (S.J. 5)
Foot-Linqi (G.B. 41)
Hegu (L.I. 4)
Dazhui (DU 14)
Quchi (L.I. 11)
Sanyinjiao (SP. 6)

Tinnitus

Tinnitus, or the ringing, buzzing or hissing sounds occuring in the ear, have several causes. Disorders of the middle ear, inner ear, or the auditory nerve may produce tinnitus. Wax or other objects in the external auditory meatus, inflammation, drugs are among the common causes. It can also be caused by inflammation of the middle ear; Meniere’s disease, anemia, old age, trauma vascular degenerative.

TREATMENT:

Baihui (DU 20)
Ermen (S.J. 21)
Tinggong (S.I. 19)
Tinghui (G.B. 2)
Yifeng (S.J. 17)
Yiming (Ex. 7)
Fengchi (G.B. 20)
Zhongzhu (S.J. 3)
Waiguan (S.J. 50
Foot-Linqi (G.B.41)

Meniere’s Disease

These disorders are caused by the dysfunction of teh inner ear involving hearing and balance. In Meniers’s disease, both these functions are impaired. Attacks of giddiness accompanied by deafness experienced. As the deafness progresses the attacks of giddiness become less frequent and may disappear altogether when the deafness is complete.

TREATMENT:

Baihui (DU 20)
Ermen (S.J. 21)
Tinggong (S.I. 19)
Waiguan (S.J. 5)
Zhongzhu (S.J. 3)
Yanglao (S.I. 6)
Foot-Linqi (G.B. 41)
Taicong (Liv. 3)
Hegu (L.I. 4)
Neiguan (P.6).
Zusanli (ST.36)

Vertigo

Vertigo is a symptom of many diseases, including Meniere’s disease, epilepsy, and also of intracranial tumour. The patient feels that his surroundings are rotating.

TREATMENT:

Baihui (DU 20)
Ermen (S.J. 21)
Tinggong (S.I. 19)
Waiguan (S.J. 5)
Zhongzhu (S.J. 3)
Yanglao (S.I. 6)
Foot-Linqi (G.B. 41)
Taicong (Liv. 3)
Hegu (L.I. 4)
Neiguan (P.6).
Zusanli (ST.36)