Having had over 32 years of experience in treating tinnitus (ringing in the ears), vertigo, dizziness or meniere's disease, I wish to present the issue of management in an optimistic way: in most cases it is possible to help significantly and even reach a complete recovery.
How the concept became an approach?
This unique medical approach was developed following a researchin 1981 at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital (see: Medical Approach).
At the process of development I have had many thorough consultations with world wide reputation experts in various relevant fields: Otolaryngology, Endocrinology, Nutrition and metabolism, Biochemistry, Neurology, Psychiatry, Cardiology and Gastroenterology.
Studying intensively all the relevant issues, and relying upon the accumulated knowledge that was gathered, I developed the medical (western medicine) approach of Metabolic Balance.
What is done in the course of treatment?
There are patients who ask: How do you treat your tinnitus or vertigo patients–nutritional therapy? Acupuncture? Acupressure? Capsules of Ginkgo biloba? Surgery? Hypnosis? The answer is “No”.
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 and 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.
The treatment's aim is to allow the body to repair the damaged system or systems. In other words: The process of cure is then done by: "Curative Mechanisms”.
The individual treatment program, tailored for every patient, 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.
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.
Why doing such a comprehensive workup for “ear disease”?
Tinnitus, Vertigo, Dizziness and Meniere's Disease are not medical conditions that are limited to the field of Ear Nose and Throat. 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.
A suffering person comes for treatment
In the clinic, there is no “interesting case of an ear”. There is “a person who is suffering”. a brave 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 the International Congress of the TRI (Tinnitus Research Initiative), Stresa, Italy, I was glad to hear from many internationally renowned colleagues that they accept the approach according to which a tinnitus patient must be related to as a whole person rather then focus only on the auditory system.
Answers to questions
In this website, a lot of effort was made to answer the most common questions. from my experience, the features of the disease, course, prognosis and associated symptoms are different from one sufferer to another. Most probably you have questions that are specific to your unique medical condition.
If you wish to consult with me, I will be happy to help.
Wishing you a quick and complete recovery,
Zecharya Shemesh, M.D.