Category Archives: Hearing Problems

Acupuncture for sudden sensorineural hearing loss?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My friend, age 40, was recently developed sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SHL) in his left ear. When it was first diagnosed, he was put on a heavy dose of steroids, which did nothing. I am wondering if acupuncture is his best course of action? A: In traditional Chinese medicine theory, sudden…

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What causes outside ear pain?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I am an elderly woman, and once a month, I suffer from excruciating pain on the outside of my ear. What could be the cause of this? A: Pain arises when any number of things that block the natural circulation and flow of energy. Ear pain can be a symptom of…

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Way to shrink acoustic neuroma?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can you suggest a way to shrink an acoustic neuroma and lift it out of the internal auditory canal? A: With any growths, tumors, lipomas, and neuromas, the most important thing is to ensure that they are not impeding local anatomy. In this particular case, the neuroma needs to be assessed…

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