Integrating cupping therapy in the management of sudden sensorineural hearing loss. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Integrating Cupping Therapy in the Management of Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss: A Case Report.
Cureus. 2020 Feb 20 ;12(2):e7063. Epub 2020 Feb 20. PMID: 32226665
Zainab A Almusleh
Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) is most often defined as a rapid hearing loss of≥ 30 decibels across at least three contiguous audiometric frequencies over a time of ≤ 72 hours. Cupping therapy has been practiced across the world for thousands of years. Cupping therapy is practiced by creating suction inside cups that are placed on predefined skin areas. Our case is a 48-year-old female with a four-year history of Meniere's disease, recurrent tinnitus, episodes of dizziness attacks, and fullness of the right ear. The patient developed sudden sensorineural hearing loss. She received conventional treatment and wet cupping therapy as a complementary integrative treatment. After the integrative management protocol was completed, pure tone audiometry tests revealed significant hearing improvement across almost all frequencies. To the best of our knowledge, this case presentation is the first reported case of this type. A positive effect of cupping was reported in ourcase as an integrative complementary treatment. Large, well-designed quality clinical trials to evaluate the efficacy and safety of wet cupping therapy (WCT) as a complementary treatment of SSNHL is highly recommended.