Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus, may result from changes in the inner ear environment similar to those causing sensorineural deafness and the two symptoms will thus frequently occur together. As with nerve deafness, acupuncture treatment will focus on nerve stimulation, and may also target key muscles of the head, neck, or throat. The goal in this case is to relieve pressure or strain on key nerves passing from the upper neck to the ear as well as on blood vessels passing from the trunk through the neck and to the inner ear. This may improve fluid transport to and drainage from the inner ear, and facilitate nerve communication with the auditory receptors.
Tinnitus may also be related to other systemic disorders such as hypertension or to medications that you may be taking, so it should be reported to and assessed by your primary care provider