After having a few people, who had previously spoken to me about how well they were going with Sound Therapy and how noticeably their hearing, sleeping, Meniere’s and general well being had been improving in a matter of weeks with Sound Therapy, contact me to say they had developed an ear infection, felt rotten, and felt the Sound Therapy had been useless after all, I thought it worth discussing just what ear infections are, and what you should do if you do contract an ear infection while using Sound Therapy.
Sound Therapy cannot cause an ear infection
An ear infection is caused by a bacteria or a virus. An ear infection cannot be caused by sound!
- If the ear canal is affected (otitis externa), the infection is a dry inflamation.
- If the middle ear is infected (otitis media), this normally dry, air-filled part of the ear can be filled with fluid (mucus). A middle ear infection is more commonly associated with a cold or other upper respiratory tract infection, where the germs have reached the middle ear via the Eustachian tube, which connects the middle ear to to the back of the throat.
Imagine you have started going to the gym, and after a few weeks of regular work outs, you get the flu. You wouldn’t think working out at the gym has caused your flu (though you may have picked up the virus while at the gym) and decide to completely quit working out as a result! You would rest, let your body heal, and once you are feeling better, you would resume working out at the gym, perhaps needing to build up slowly until you have regained your previous stamina.
Sound Therapy is like a work out for the ear, and likewise, you would need to take a temporary break while you recover. You shouldn’t give up Sound Therapy altogether over a minor set back like an ear infection.
What should you do if you get an ear infection
- See a doctor to get your infection checked out. If you have a bacterial infection, you may need antibiotics.
- Don’t use Sound Therapy while your ears are infected. Let your ears rest and heal. You may like to give your immune system a boost with supplementation if you don’t do so regularly.
- Once your infection has healed, gradually build up your Sound Therapy again. Wipe your ear pieces with alcohol before using them to avoid potentially reinfecting your ears. Start with the 1st album, and just do 10 – 30 mins of listening initially. Gradually increase your hours until you are comfortably able to listen for the same time you previously used the program for daily.
If in doubt, please contact me to discuss how best to adjust your Sound Therapy program to help your ear recover after an ear infection.