Clinical and research experience
The unique medical treatment method was developed through a series of clinical studies that began in 1981 at The "Hadassah Ein-Kerem" University-Hospital in Jerusalem, and were later (1986) continued as a co-production with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
At 1990, experts from Tel Aviv University joined as consultants to the research projects in the IDF (watch - Clinical Research).
New medical findings
From 1990, following new medical findings, I am also treating Vertigo, Dizziness and Meniere's disease patients - who did not respond to treatments in the fields of Otolaryngology and Neurology.
What are the success rates?
Many patients ask me "what is the chance that your treatment will be successful?" One needs to realize that in medicine there is no such thing as a 100% success rate, however, based on my experience, in the majority of cases it is possible to achieve a significant improvement and even a complete recovery.
After a preliminary discussion, which includes a series of clinical questions, I will able to evaluate the suitability of my medical approach to your medical condition. It is possible to receive this questionnaire via E-mail.
Zecharya Shemesh, MD
The first step you should take is to see an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist.
A thorough medical examination, followed by objective tests, is important to exclude other causes, such as cerumen (wax) in the external ear canal, infections, changes in ear structure, malfunction of the auditory nerve, abnormal function of the cochlea, etc.
Following a complete medical examination, the specialist will probably offer a treatment.
There are patients who report that the interpretation of their examination by their physician was normal, their objective tests didn't find any pathology, but their condition is still severe and is even getting worse.
This is certainly not an easy situation, but it is important to know that the normal results should encourage you, since this means that there is no pathological change in the structure of your inner ear, brain, or eighth cranial nerve (auditory nerve). You should also realize that this is not the end of the process.
My recommendation at this point is to consult your specialist and ask him if there is any medical treatment that he can offer you.
If your condition is severe and the treatments given by your ENT specialists were unhelpful, or if your specialist has no solution at all, it is the right time to contact me and find out what else can be done.
The treatment plan is directed towards creating a normal metabolic environment around the nerve cells in the auditory and vestibular systems. Such an environment enables the body's "Curative Mechanisms" to initiate regeneration in a case of mild damage to the neurons (Example of a Curative Mechanism - Stem Cell).
Our body has the amazing ability to heal itself, without medical intervention. If this healing process doesn't occur, it means that the biological systems that execute this process didn't carry out their job properly.
The essence of the treatment I offer in my clinic is normalizing the metabolic environment which enables the body to repair its damaged systems.
The integrative treatment approach I apply is based on medical study performed in conjunction with the Institute for Noise Damage of the IDF. The results indicated that this is a multi-factorial disease.
In other words, it is a disease associated with injury to one or more various body systems, many of which can be diagnosed by a thorough metabolic investigation.
Every sufferer of tinnitus is different. Each patient has a different medical history, a different symptom profile, and different findings in the medical evaluation. The individual treatment program is assembled based on all the above parameters.
The treatment program is individual. After completing the first stage of the medical evaluation, I analyze all the data and discuss the meaning of the findings with my patient. The sufferer takes an active part in making decisions and forming the treatment plan.
The main part of the treatment consists of collecting data and analyzing the relevant information from the Anamnesis (medical history) and the objective tests. Every patient has a different and unique medical profile that requires a thorough investigation on my part.
The first meeting is the most important session and takes 3 to 5 hours. The results of this intensive medical evaluation unified with the results of the objective tests enable the establishment of an appropriate treatment program. Later, these original data together with progress analysis are used for monitoring the progress and careful adjustment of the treatment plan for the individual patient.
As a physician who fights for the health of his patients, I know that it is important to reach the depth of every medical problem, whether we call it a disease, cluster of symptoms, discomfort or "just" stress, in any patient who sees help.
Tinnitus is not a condition to solely to the field of Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT). It is a multi-system disease that can be linked to many areas. Many sufferers report a variety of ailments and symptoms, many of them unrelated to the ear, such as diminishing concentration and memory, fatigue, heart palpitations that cannot be explained as panic or heart disease, joint pain, and more.
I was pleased to hear in the last international annual conference of the Organization of TRI (Tinnitus Research Initiative) held in Stresa (Italy), that many researchers recognize that every case must relate to the patient as a whole and not focus solely on the ear.
In my clinic, there is no such thing as an "interesting case of an ear". There is a "suffering person who's struggling against a severe and demanding disease". I have the utmost respect for these people.
I consider every complaint very important, and listen carefully to every word. I study the patient's medical history and do my best to investigate every problem from all possible aspects in order to find and provide the most effective medical management.
In my clinic I do not use alternative medicine. I practice conventional medicine based on the most advanced western approach. The patient tells me his or her medical history, I reassess the medical documentation and objective tests, perform a complete physical examination of the relevant systems and refer to relevant tests. Alternative medicine is not part of the procedure.
There are some patients whom I teach how to apply auto-suggestion (self hypnosis). Most patients do not need it. In the past auto-suggestion was a main portion of tinnitus treatment. Today the practice of hypnosis is limited and used together with the current medical approach, Metabolic Intervention.
In this website you can find answers to many of the most common questions.
Based on my experience, the course of the disease and the associated symptoms may differ significantly from one sufferer to another. It is very normal for you to have many other questions regarding your unique medical condition.
I may not have answers for all your questions, but I will do my very best to help.