*September 2006 was when I decided to try acupuncture for hearing loss due to Meniere’s disease.

In May 2005, I started to experience significant hearing loss and thought it was earwax build-up or some kind of infection. Seeking treatment through my primary healthcare provider, she referred me to an ear specialist. They diagnosed it as Meniere’s disease and recommended steroids to help with the inflammation.

Steroids helped. However, my life was miserable and I suffered every single side effect from the steroids. As I was weaned off the steroids, my hearing failed again.

Seeking a second opinion, I went to another ear specialist and got the same feedback. Steroid maintenance. No good. This doctor put me on a diuretic to help sodium build-up; he said I would have to be on it for the rest of my life too.

Not wanting to be on steroids for the rest of my life, I decided to seek alternative medicine. Dr. Balusik was referred to me through a friend. I made an appointment and was given an acupuncture treatment and 2 types of herbal medicine. I started getting results a week later. It took nearly five months of treatments before I felt back to normal.

Sometimes I suffer from dizzy spells and minor hearing loss. However, I’ve never gone back to the condition I was in before: significant hearing loss, unable to hear certain sounds, having to ask people to repeat themselves several times, not wanting to listen to music or talk on the phone, being worried that I wouldn’t hear my alarm clock, and feeling alone, isolated and depressed.

I recommend Eastern medicine instead of Western medicine because it is a permanent solution. Western medicine did not treat my illness, it just masked my symptoms. Western medicine also created additional problems. Eastern medicine treated my illness. It didn’t happen overnight, but it took me forty years to develop this condition in the first place. Comparatively, five months is not long.

Eating right is key to good health, so I learned through Dr. Balusik. I now avoid certain foods. I eat more whole foods. Feeling better and weight loss was the result of that. Yippee!

Currently I am in good health, and my hearing is so much better. I am now seeing Dr. Balusik to get off of the diuretic that I was put on as that “medicine” has weakened my kidneys. The results are amazingly quick. Thank you Dr. Balusik.

– Catherine D., Clearwater, FL

*Individual results may vary.