Have you ever felt like you have a constant ringing in one or both of your ears? This condition is known as tinnitus, and that can be extremely frustrating. Now there is a quick trick on the internet that claims to stop the irritating sound that spreads quickly. It may be the relief sufferers have been looking for, but the jury is out on whether it actually works. Reddit and Twitter, in particular, have recently been abuzz with this easy remedy.
So what exactly is life’s hack to get rid of those pesky sounds? According to the original Reddit post, the solution is to place your palms over your ears and “bump the soft spot on the back of your head with your fingers.” It should sound like your head is inside a drum. Do this for 15-30 seconds and your tinnitus is said to go away, at least for a while.
Many people are skeptical, saying the trick seems too simple to fix something many people have been suffering from for years. One person on Twitter claimed to have tinnitus since 1996; he heard six to eight different noises throughout the day. He tried the solution as he circled around, and, just like that, he was suddenly freed from the constant sound.
Although it may seem like an internet hack, this “cure” is actually a version of an article by Dr. Jan Strydom on how to stop ringing in your ears. “It should always be understood that we are all different, so it is impossible to suggest a single form of treatment that will work in all cases and for each person,” says Dr. Strydom. However, he adds that the technique he describes has often proven effective in many cases of tinnitus. Strydom’s instructions begin (just like the Internet version of the technique) by telling someone to place the palms of their hands over their ears, with their fingers on the back of their head. But then his version differs from the more confusing version currently circulating. “The middle fingers point towards each other and are at the base of the skull just above the point where the skull ends,” Strydom writes. “Now lift the index fingers and place them on the middle finger, then break the index fingers of the middle finger so that they beat the skull like a drum. In fact, with your hands covering your ears, the sound can be quite loud and can indeed sound like the beat of a drum.
While this trick seems to work for many, it’s important to note that any strange hissing, buzzing, clicking, pulsating, or hissing sounds should be checked out by a medical professional first, preferably in person, before trying any tinnitus technique, whether on the Internet or elsewhere. Tinnitus can occur in many different ways, as well as many different reasons for experiencing this constant internal sound in the ears. For many people, because tinnitus is most commonly associated with hearing loss, wearing a hearing aid is the first line of treatment that sometimes solves the problem. But the condition can also be the result of a myriad of other causes, such as a side effect of medication, a neurological problem, or a structural abnormality. In addition, it seems that researchers also offer different types of remedies. Aukland University is excited about recent results from a study that uses cellphone-based technology with a self-help app that produces white noise to stop tinnitus. According to the study, the group that used the app showed significant improvement within 12 weeks.
But what is the solution proposed by Strydom based on? Sometimes, it seems, tinnitus can also be caused by tension in the jaw and neck. Treating muscle tension can also be a possible solution to the annoying ringing that accompanies it in the ears. The explanation for why the Strydom technique might relieve tinnitus in some cases is that the suboccipital muscles are often overworked or strained due to constant computer and technology use. Constantly bending your neck to stay on top of work, your texts, or your social media feeds takes a toll on the muscles that support your neck and spine, which can lead to tension headaches and tinnitus. Tapping the suboccipital muscles, as with the Strydom technique, causes these muscles to relax and contract, providing tension relief and hopefully tinnitus relief as well.
You can read the original post on Reddit and see what others have to say about this simple tinnitus solution.
People on Twitter and Reddit are sharing a quick tip that some say will cure tinnitus, a condition that manifests as a constant buzzing or similar sound in the ears.
Watch the YouTube video that demonstrates Dr. Strydom’s technique:
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