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During the past year I have persevered with my tympanic massage treatment, and the results but confirm those obtained in the past. The results, so far as the relief of deafness is concerned, continue favorable, the tinnitus, unless attended by severe aural vertigo, usually disappearing also. These results are nearly uniform and can be demonstrated readily. It is a method that if properly applied is painless and harmless, and one that seems borne out by common-sense reasoning.
Diseased ear structures occasioning tinnitus and poor hearing are usually of the nature of closed or obstructed Eustachian tubes; diseased and thickened structures within the middle ear, such as anchyloses or hindered articulations, thickened, retracted and adherent membrane, or a nerve which either from disuse or pressure, or both, has become dormant.
My massage machines, which are applied to the auditory meatus, occasion a suction action (or in a few cases a pressure
LAUTENBACH LJ. SOME FURTHER RESULTS IN TREATING EARS BY MASSAGE METHODS.. JAMA. 1898;XXX(13):724-726. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440650032001n