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One of our clients who participates in our gong meditation sessions sent me the below inquiry regarding his damaged vestibular nerve and I am hopeful to receive qualified input to formulate a helpful answer to him.

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Recently an inner ear infection damaged my left vestibular nerve (official diagnosis: either vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis) resulting in a 100% damage to the nerve and a 100% loss of the balance mechanism on the left side of my head. I have a few months during which vigorous activities which challenge my balance may reactivate to some extent the vestibular nerve.

I wonder if there is any research or anecdotal evidence which shows that gong healing may restore even partially or slightly the function of a damaged vestibular nerve.
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While I have no medical background, I would like to believe that the sound of bowls and / or gongs, when applied thoughtfully and in a gradual process, could stimulate the reparation of the nerve, at least to some extent.

Many thanks in advance. 

Marian Kraus
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Interesting question - one that I have no knowledgable answer for.
However, if it were me, I would work from the inside, i.e., with my voice.
I would work with gently toning, finding the pitches and vowels that seem to resonate best in my ear, and doing so with clear but unforced awareness and intent placed in sending the qi to my ear and the damaged nerve. I would also devise or modify a qigong routine so it also had a focus in and on the ears.
If I supplemented with Himalayan bowls or gong I would do so very gently, and yes, work gradually with all of it.
I personally would not use crystal bowls for this.

And I would learn to cultivate a lot of patience!

Let us know what you find and if you work with this client.
Maybe this is an opportunity for discovery in sound healing.... though of course I wouldn't wish such an "opportunity" on anyone.

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Vestibular neuritis and labyrinthitis are disorders resulting from an infection that inflames the inner ear or the nerves connecting the inner ear to the brain. In the case of labyrinthitis, it usually clears up within 60 days, whereas in cases with V. neuritis, with prompt treatment, vestibular neuritis usually causes no permanent damage, so if the nerve is permanently damaged, it's most likely NOT labyrinthitis. A physician may suggest vestibular rehabilitation exercises. These exercises can help the brain adapt to and compensate for any residual vestibular dysfunction, can a Gong aide in this treatment? Well, it's not going to make matters worse, and could be useful with the rehab exercises associated with the treatment for V. neuritis.

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Thank you both for your thoughts. I have passed them along and will keep you abreast as information from our client about his hopeful recovery becomes available. Be well, Marian
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