Triumph Over Tinnitus
Triumph Over Tinnitus, a new book by Rafaele Joudry was launched in Sydney on October 18th.
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, affects 1 in 5 people in Australia according to the Australian Tinnitus Association. Much is still to be learned about this potentially maddening affliction. Most doctors are baffled and find themselves helpless when treating patients. Sufferers are frustrated and disillusioned.
Triumph Over Tinnitus explores the causes, symptoms and effects of this condition as well as some of the possible treatments that may alleviate symptoms or even create a cure.
Rafaele Joudry has worked in the field of Sound Therapy for over twelve years and discovered by accident that in many cases, Sound Therapy could alleviate tinnitus. This sparked her interest in the condition and prompted her to explore many other possible treatments. She has written an extraordinary and inspiring account of her work with tinnitus sufferers over the past 12 years. She has gathered information from complimentary health carers, doctors and specialists, and tinnitus sufferers themselves to produce a rounded and complete resource.
The astounding discovery that Rafaele has uncovered, is the use of the upper frequencies to rehabilitate the ear and stimulate the brain. She has extended the work of Dr Alfred Tomatis to treat tinnitus sufferers with classical music that has been enhanced. This provides a wide range of benefits for the listener including better sleep, increased energy levels as well as reduction or elimination of tinnitus.
Rafaele is committed to educating the public on the important role that our ears play in communication, learning, reducing stress and energy levels. The book provides clear guidelines on looking after our delicate hearing apparatus and an excellent explanation on how the ears function. The book is an easy, useable and enjoyable read for sufferers and their family or friends, as well as practitioners.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is different for everybody. It may occur in one ear or in both and sufferers report many different sounds in their ears including humming, ringing, or a high pitched whine like the sound of crickets. It can also be experienced at various volumes and pitch, and can be worse at different times of the day or night. Often sleeping is a problem, once the daily activities which distract from the internal noise are concluded. Other symptoms which may accompany tinnitus are dizziness or vertigo, loss of balance and nausea. These symptoms may be due to a condition called Menieres syndrome which is caused by an excess of fluid pressure in the inner ear.
What causes tinnitus?
The most common cause of tinnitus is loud noise. Industrial noise is a very common cause of both deafness and tinnitus, affecting factory workers who have been exposed to noise over many years. Military service is also a common cause of ear problems. Many sufferers report that their tinnitus began during the war when they worked with guns, tanks or heavy machinery and in particular aircraft. Ear protection was unfortunately unheard of in these times. Loud music is another major cause of tinnitus and many musicians are plagued by this condition.
Even living in the country does not provide protection from ear damage. Farmers commonly suffer ear problems due to hours of exposure to the noise of tractors and other farm machines. A bang on the head may bring on tinnitus, and ear problems may also stem from a virus or from frequent ear infections in childhood. Some medications can cause or aggravate tinnitus as can some foods.
Drugs to avoid
The following drugs have been shown to potentially cause or worsen tinnitus. Salycilate analgesics (higher doses of aspirin), naproxen sodium (Naprosyn, Aleve), ibuprofen, many other non steroid anti-inflammatories, aminoglycoside antibiotics, anti depressants, loop inhibiting diuretics, quinnine/anti malarials, oral contraceptives and chemotherapy.
Aspirin is found in found in: Disprin, Aspro, Ecotrin, Codral, Codcomol, Cartia, Solprin, Paytocil, Rhusal, Pirophen, SRA, Asparcod, Anacin, Aspec, Codis, Venganin, Alka-Sestzer, Hedex.
Marijuana usage may worsen a pre existing case of tinnitus and alcohol may contribute to tinnitus in some people.
Ototoxic chemicals commonly found in food:
Caffeine, found in coffee, tea, Coca cola, Pepsi Cola and chocolate. Too much caffeine for some people can raise blood pressure, cause restlessness, irritability, muscle twitches and can worsen tinnitus. Experiment with your caffeine intake to see if it affects your tinnitus.
Quinine, found in tonic water.
Aspartame, found in many diet foods including diet coke. Brand names for aspartame are NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure.
Nicotine is a vaso constrictor, meaning it raises blood pressure. It can also directly affect the nerves, causing neuralgia (pain) or spontaneous nerve impulses which can result in worsening of tinnitus.
The medical profession is generally baffled by tinnitus, not knowing what causes it or how to treat it. Drugs are sometimes prescribed but are only suitable for a small number of people. In extreme cases people have had the auditory nerve severed so hearing is lost entirely. However, it has been known for this procedure to be done and despite the patient becoming deaf, the tinnitus still prevails. Many doctors now believe this indicates that although tinnitus originates in the ear it becomes perpetuated as a feedback mechanism by the limbic system in the brain.
Years ago, before tinnitus was a well known and recognised condition sufferers were told its all in your head. Though it is now acknowledged that tinnitus is very real condition, the specialists are concluding that in fact the cause and the treatment are psychophysical rather than physical. The current treatment favoured by specialist audiologists is tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT), a lengthy re-education program which teaches the subject to change their reaction to the tinnitus and thereby reduce its impact on their consciousness. Many people find this therapy extremely helpful in allowing them to adjust to or reduce their tinnitus.
A very different alternative was pioneered by the French ear specialist, Dr Alfred Tomatis, who invented a therapeutic listening program using specially filtered classical music. Sound Therapy provides exercise for the tiny muscles in the middle ear, improving the functioning of the ear mechanism and has been found to relieve or eliminate tinnitus in many cases. It also often helps mild hearing loss, dizziness and sensations of blocking or fullness in the ear.
Rafaele Joudry, Director of Sound Therapy International, leading author and lecturer on Sound Therapy believes that most tinnitus is caused by damage to the tiny hair cells called cilia in the inner ear. She says that when they are damaged they lie flat, and in touching each other they short circuit and create a phantom noise. The Sound Therapy program trains the ear to open and respond to gentle high frequencies so that these therapeutic sounds can reach the inner ear. These sounds stimulate the damaged hair cells to become erect again, improving hearing and usually providing relief for tinnitus. Sound Therapy is a self help program which can be used by anyone in their own home. A full and fascinating description of this therapy is given in Joudrys latest book, Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge Your Brain, as well as in her new book on tinnitus.
Rafaele says, We have been treating tinnitus for twelve years now in Australia with results ranging from partial to complete relief for sufferers. Our treatment is a safe method which is affordable and enjoyable. Our clients have achieved results where they were told that no hope existed.
How do we avoid tinnitus?
Now that tinnitus is receiving more publicity and with the onslaught of environmental pollutants and chemical overload, many fear that it is becoming an epidemic. This raises the question, how can we avoid getting tinnitus? Here are a few tips for prevention:
· Protect your familys ears from loud noise. Use cotton wool, ear plugs or muffs or your hands in noisy places.
· Never expose babies to loud noise. They are too young to tell you it is hurting them.
· Play music or TV quietly.
· If the music at the dance is too loud, ask the DJ to turn it down.
· Manage stress, learn yoga or meditation. Learn to relax.
· Use a quality mineral supplement, preferably colloidal minerals, to provide the ears with their basic requirements. The ears are very nutrient rich and require minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus.
· Protect your ears against free radical damage with high quality, long lasting antioxidants. Besides vitamins A, C and E, find a supplement which includes second and third generation antioxidants such as ginko biloba, tumeric, pinebark and grape seed extract.
· Avoid medication that may trigger tinnitus.
· Use Sound Therapy to stimulate the cilia and strengthen the middle ear muscles.
· As much as possible avoid long term exposure to low frequency noise such as refrigerators, air conditioners, computers, traffic, tractors, aircraft and industrial noise.
· Listen to natural sounds in the upper frequency range eg birds, frogs, running water, the wind in the trees. These sounds calm the nervous system.
For further information contact :
Sound Therapy International on 02) 9665-1777
Or browse their website at www.soundtherapyinternational.com