On the Road to Success — Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Improved After Low-Level Laser Treatment

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by SaraK18, Oct 13, 2021.

    1. SaraK18

      SaraK18 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sound exposure
      Hi,

      I wanted to post a quick note.

      My physical therapist has been using a low-level laser on my ears for several weeks, and I have noticed a decrease in tinnitus and hyperacusis that seems to be directly related to the laser treatment.

      My ear issues were caused from an acoustic trauma. Sometimes I feel very mild pain or heat when she has the laser on, it subsides when she is done, and shortly after I notice an improvement. I have been doing a lot of things to try to heal my ears as well, but there is a noticeable difference with this.

      She said she uses MedX home laser. I have her stop at 1 joule, which is about 45 seconds per ear. I wanted to start slowly, and that seems to work well for me.

      I wear earplugs and baby my ears extra the day I get laser treatment.

      Just thought I would share this.

      Best,
      Sara
       
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    2. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Thanks for posting this @SaraK18 and I hope things continue to go well for you.
       
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      SaraK18

      SaraK18 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sound exposure
      Thank you Michael!
       
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    4. Uklawyer

      Uklawyer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Medication - antidepressants
      @SaraK18 - great news. Can you tell us how many weeks it has been and try to quantify the reduction in volume on a 1-10 scale?
       
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    5. Ben Winders
      Pensive

      Ben Winders Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      @SaraK18, what does your tinnitus sound like? High pitched / low pitched? How loud would you say it is (moderate/severe)?
       
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    6. Uklawyer

      Uklawyer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Medication - antidepressants
      It's funny (not very) that we read this stuff and think of trying absolutely EVERYTHING to help us in some way.
       
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      SaraK18

      SaraK18 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sound exposure
      @Uklawyer, thanks! I started in July but I only did it a couple times in July/August. For the last 4 or 5 weeks I have been doing it weekly. Tinnitus volume was maybe a 5 or 6 with pretty sensitive hyparacusis (for example, water turned on too strong hitting the sink would hurt my ears, I also switched to plastic cutlery and paper plates to avoid that potential landmine). Now the tinnitus is around a 3 although it fluctuates. It is the lowest volume I think since my initial injury. Hyperacusis is much better although it's a little hard to quantify. I still have sensitive hearing but I can tell it's easing up. I notice a reduction in h within an hour of the treatment.

      Side note - I go to my physical therapist for an unrelated issue and when I told her about my ears we decided to try the laser. My advice to anyone thinking of trying this is to start slow. See how your body responds first.
       
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      SaraK18

      SaraK18 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sound exposure
      @Ben Winders - I have a few tones. 2 are higher pitched. Kind of classic type. Consistent. Rarely, I have a lower intermittent tone in my right ear only that sounds like a hum. I suspect this is related to jaw tension or trigeminal nerve because when I relax my jaw and face it ceases.
       
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      SaraK18

      SaraK18 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sound exposure
      I wanted to add... I do a LOT of different things to heal. I pretty much dedicated my life to healing my ears for the last few months. I think these things work synergistically.
       
    10. LukeYoung
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      LukeYoung Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud Concert - Noise Exposure
      Do you have TMJ by any chance?
       
    11. Uklawyer

      Uklawyer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Medication - antidepressants
      Thanks @SaraK18.

      So to summarise:

      You have had tinnitus for c. 1 year, caused by acoustic trauma. Your tinnitus was stable up to July/August of this year, when you started LLLT.

      You have practised this consistently for the last 4 - 5 weeks and have noticed roughly a 40-50% reduction in the volume of your tinnitus.

      Is that accurate?
       
    12. PolarSun

      PolarSun Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Music
      What kind of laser is this that we are talking about? Cold laser?
       
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      SaraK18

      SaraK18 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sound exposure
      @LukeYoung, yes, I grind my teeth and have had occasional jaw tightness since I was a teenager.
       
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      SaraK18

      SaraK18 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sound exposure
      @Uklawyer, I had an acoustic trauma a year ago and the tinnitus and hyperacusis was bad. After a few months, the hyperacusis resolved and the tinnitus diminished but was still present. Things seemed stable.

      Then in July, I had another semi loud sound exposure. It reactivated my original injury: increased tinnitus, hyperacusis, nausea, and constant fight or flight type feeling.

      I tried the laser after the reactivation in July. Correct about the reduction in volume, and the hyperacusis is probably down even more than 50%. Some of this may have been a result of time also. But I believe the lllt sped up my healing process and eased the suffering.
       
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      SaraK18

      SaraK18 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sound exposure
      @PolarSun, my physical therapist uses a Medx home laser. It is not a cold laser. It's red light laser. See original post for more detail on our method.
       
    16. star-affinity
      Wishful

      star-affinity Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1993, increase in 2020, then new in 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Maybe during a soundcheck – sudden sound from speaker
      Thanks for sharing your experience and good luck further on too!

      May I ask if you could share some of the things you do to your ears to make them heal? :)
       
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      SaraK18

      SaraK18 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sound exposure
      Hi @star-affinity! Here they are:
      • Acupuncture/Chinese herbs
      • Meditation
      • Visualization - actually visualize my ears/brain stem/cranial nerves/limbic system healing. Very powerful.
      • Praying
      • Don't yell/raise my voice (I noticed that increases my symptoms)
      • Reiki and energy healing
      Supplements in my rotation:
      • Ashwaghanda
      • Lyposomal Magnesium
      • Lyposomal C
      • B-complex
      • Vit D (I'm chronically low)
      • Bromelain
      • DHA from algae
      • Turmeric lattes (does this count? lol)
      • -Youth Factor by Neora - a supplement my aunt gave me for something else, but it seems to lower the tinnitus volume slightly. It has a mix of things, but my doctor friend thinks it works bc it has something for the mitochondria so it will speed up healing. If you're interested in that you can google it and take a look at the ingredients.
      • I try to limit inflammatory foods but I'm not super strict about it
      I am careful with my ears. I wear earplugs when I go outside (for now).

      As a sidenote - I tried a lot of these holistic/mind over matter methods when I was trying to heal myself from a bone marrow disorder several years back. Eventually, my blood counts started to normalize and my symptoms improved. My doctor was so surprised.

      The human body is amazing. Never give up hope! I hope that doesn't sound too preachy, but it's something I have needed to hear from time to time, so I'm passing it along.

      Best,
      Sara
       
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    18. twa
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      twa Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017- mild /Sept. 2020-moderate
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      meds/acoustic trauma
      Several people have noticed improvement with lasers. I have not used lasers for my ears, but have used red light therapy for muscles and joints. I did see improvement after several sessions. I also did an anti-inflammatory diet.
       
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    19. Wrfortiscue
      Probing

      Wrfortiscue Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      How are you doing now?
       
    20. twa
      Busy

      twa Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017- mild /Sept. 2020-moderate
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      meds/acoustic trauma
      @Wrfortiscue, doing ok. Still feeling off, but hoping things will improve over time.

      How are you doing?
       
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    21. Eleanor89
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      Eleanor89 Member

      Location:
      Barrow in Furness
      Tinnitus Since:
      1995
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      @twa, how are you x

      I hope you are improving.
       
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    22. Wrfortiscue
      Probing

      Wrfortiscue Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      Gradually worsening lol but mood wise better.
       
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    23. Danail

      Danail Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      October 2021 (moderate/severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      caloric test
      @SaraK18, do you still continue the laser treatment and is there any other positive result?
       
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      SaraK18

      SaraK18 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sound exposure
      @Danail, yes, I do it about once per week. I still feel improvement each time, both in tinnitus volume and hyperacusis.
       
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    25. Danail

      Danail Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      October 2021 (moderate/severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      caloric test
      Thank you @SaraK18!

      How long have you had tinnitus before you decided to try the laser? I have had it for almost a month and I am considering giving it a try. I am visiting my physical therapist once a week and he has some laser and I think I am going to ask him about it.
       
    26. Wrfortiscue
      Probing

      Wrfortiscue Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      Damn. I’m inclined to try this.
       
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      SaraK18

      SaraK18 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sound exposure
      @Danail, it was 10 months after my first acoustic trauma, and a few days after my second smaller acoustic trauma.

      My advice is to start slowly. I had read something on here that someone had an adverse reaction to a different type of laser, and my assessment was that he may have done too much laser and not protected his ears sufficiently after treatment.
      So, I'd recommend doing a little at a time, see how your ears respond. Use earplugs after, and limit sound exposure the day of treatment.

      That's not to scare you at all! Just wanted to mention that is something I'm mindful of when doing laser treatment.
       
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      SaraK18

      SaraK18 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sound exposure
      @Wrfortiscue, good luck! I hope you get some improvement if you try :)
       
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