Tinnitus is a severe and complicated medical condition.
Having had over 32 years of experience in treating tinnitus sufferers, I wish to present the issue of management in an optimistic way: In most cases it is possible to reach a significant improvement and even complete cure.
Follow up on soldiers who came to the clinic of the Israel Defense Forces (I.D.F) during their first month of their tinnitus, showed that 85% of them recovered spontaneously within 6 months.
It means that in many of the new patients there is no need for treatment.
The unique medical treatment method was formed following a series of clinical studies began in 1981 at The "Hadassah Ein-Kerem" University-Hospital (Jerusalem) and was later (1986) continued as a co-production with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
The first stage was directed to help tinnitus sufferers who came to "Hadassah" Hospital.
The aim of the second stage in the study was to help soldiers suffering from Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and chronic tinnitus who did not respond to the contemporary medical treatments.
At 1990, experts from Tel Aviv University joined as consultants to the research projects in the IDF (watch - Clinical Research).
The treatment objective is directed towards creating a normal metabolic environment around the nerve cells in the auditory and vestibular systems.
Such environment enables the "Curative Mechanisms" to initiate regeneration in a case of mild damage to the neurons (Example of a Curative Mechanism - Stem Cell).
The main part of the treatment is a method of collecting data and analyzing the relevant information from the Anamnesis (medical history) and objective tests.
Each patient has a different & unique medical profile that requires a thorough investigation on my part. the results of this extensive medical evaluation enables a careful adjustment of a treatment plan for the individual patient.
As a physician who fights for the cure of his patients I know that it is important to reach the depth of each medical problem: Disease, Cluster of symptoms, Discomfort or "Just" stress, in every patient who is asking for help.
Tinnitus is not limited to the field of Ear Nose & Throat (ENT). Other fields of health are also affected by the disease.
Many patients report various symptoms that are unrelated to the auditory and vestibular systems, such as: insomnia, irritability (even if they internalize their anger), inability to concentrate on reading as before, decreased memory for names, tension or anxiety, pessimism, anhedonia (less pleasure from hobbies, social life), tiredness, relapse of an old peptic ulcer, palpitations that can not be explained as "panic" or heart disease, joint pain and many other symptoms of which the common denominator is: suffering.
In my clinic, there is no "interesting case of an ear". There is "suffering person who struggles against a severe and exhausting disease". I have the utmost respect for these people.
I consider every complaint as very important, and listen carefully to every word. I study the patient's medical history and do my best to check each problem from all medical aspects in order to find the effective medical treatment.
In this website, a lot of effort was made to answer the most common questions. According to my experience, the features of the disease, course, prognosis and associated symptoms are variable. Every sufferer is different from one another. Most probably you have questions that are specific to your unique medical condition.
If you wish to ask me questions – feel free to ask.
Wishing you a quick and complete recovery,
Zecharya Shemesh, M.D.