Tinnitus presents differently for all patients, but is often described as ringing, buzzing, clicking, roaring, or humming in the ears. Tinnitus may be acute or chronic, and can be a major disruption to daily life, interfering with the ability to concentrate and get a good night's sleep. Many recent studies suggest acupuncture may decrease the intensity of tinnitus, thus boosting quality of life. Results of a 2018 study looking at 88 adults with tinnitus concluded that acupuncture is effective in reducing the loudness and severity of tinnitus. Additionally, a 2016 and 2017 systematic review of existing studies similarly found that acupuncture may help with tinnitus symptoms, helping improve overall quality of life and sleep.
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