Deafness (Hearing Loss)

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Deafness (Hearing Loss)" Issue / Symptom Connections

Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for deafness (hearing loss).

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "deafness (hearing loss)" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "deafness (hearing loss)" - i.e. the "cause(s)".

For non-practitioners, we recommend reading treating the "cause" and not the "symptoms" for more on the overall approach and the importance of the TCM diagnostic system in formulating treatment approaches.

Within TCM, "deafness (hearing loss)" is potentially related to one or more of the following diagnostic patterns: blood stagnation, kidney yin deficiency, and/or liver yin deficiency.

The above patterns are common examples. In clinical situations, however, there are any number of other possibilities. Many times there will be a layered combination of patterns in an interwoven blend with their symptoms - some being the cause of an issue and the result of another issue. While initially complex, this is illustrative of the the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific condition or diagnostic pattern. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • View SI 6 (Nursing the Aged)

        Dorsal to the head of the ulna in the body cleft on the radial side of the styloid process, found with the palm facing …

        Acute and Severe Pain, in the neck, shoulder a/or arms. Useful point for treating elderly patients, deafness, tinnitus, failing vision, upper body/limb stiffness. Overwork a/or overstrain, fatigue in the extremities.  
  • View SI 9 (True Shoulder)

        1 cun above the posterior end of the axillary fold, posterior and inferior to the shoulder joint, found with the arm ad…

        Local point for shoulder and arm pain and/or movement/control issues.  Motor control issues of the hand. Wind-heat invasion - chills and fever from the common cold. Tinnitus, deafness.  
  • View SI 19 (Auditory Palace)

        Anterior to the tragus and posterior to the condyloid process of the mandible, in a depression formed when the mouth is…

        Ear problems of any etiology, inflammation, deafness, tinnitus, hearing loss. TMJ, toothache. Calms the spirit - manic behavior, epilepsy, sensation of pressure below the heart.  
  • View ST 7 (Below the Joint)

        On the face, anterior to the ear, in a depression between the zygomatic arch and the mandibular notch, with mouth close…

        TMJ, facial pain, lower jaw toothache. Hearing issues, deafness, tinnitus, ear pain, ear discharge/infections.

The Tom Tam/Tong Ren Therapy system can be applied via energy healing/medical qi gong methods as well as an acupuncture component. The acupuncture aspect is generally utilized in combination with more standard TCM diagnostic approaches.

For the specific points/areas that would generally be utilized in someone experiencing "deafness (hearing loss)", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Deafness, Hearing Loss ".

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