Ringing or other noises heard in the ears is a condition known as tinnitus. Most of the time, tinnitus develops as a result of damage to the ends of the nerves in the ears and is not curable. The ringing, buzzing sounds can be very bothersome, interfering with a person’s ability to hear sounds other than those from the tinnitus. One of the causes of chronic tinnitus is prolonged exposure to loud noise and music, like that experienced at a concert or on a construction site, according to Dr. Jan Strydom of HealthBeautyandFitness.org. If you have just come from a concert and notice ringing in your ears, there is a technique that may offer relief. Not everyone responds to this method, but it is effective for some.
Place the palms of your hands on either side of your head, covering your ears, explains Dr. Strydom. Your fingers should be resting gently on the back of your head.
Position your hands so that the middle fingers point toward each other and are on the base of the skull just above where your skull meets your neck.
Lift your index fingers and place them on top of your middle fingers.
Snap your index fingers firmly off the middle fingers and onto the base of your skull. There should be a loud sound like that of a drum. Repeat this drumming action about 50 times. Depending on how severe the condition is, this activity should be repeated several times a day for lasting results for relieving tinnitus.
Avoid exposure to loud noises in the future, suggests well-known holistic physician Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Weil also suggests lowering salt intake and stimulants such as caffeine, both of which constrict the small blood vessels and impair blood supply to the head.
Click on the link in the Resources section for a short video demonstrating this procedure.
The information offered here is for educational purposes and is not meant to replace medical advice.