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Letter: Tinnitus

Minogue, Laura

doi: 10.1097/01.NNN.0000414204.83718.1e

Williston Park, NY

I was disappointed to see that nothing was mentioned in “The Sounds of Silence” about acupuncture.

I have had tinnitus for more than 20 years. Most doctors that I saw told me I would just have to live with it. The noise was so bad that it gave me terrible nausea. Three years ago I was diagnosed with Ménière's disease, which is an inner ear disorder. In trying to find treatments that would help me now cope with this, my ENT recommended I try acupuncture. I cannot tolerate drugs, so she thought this might be a good option.

I went for acupuncture to reduce the stress caused by the tinnitus. To my total delight, the acupuncturist decreased my tinnitus from a loud whistle to a tiny noise that I hardly ever hear. I can finally sleep! After five treatments, the noise was 95 percent gone and has remained that way for more than a year.

Laura Minogue

Williston Park, NY

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