<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by alan:
I attended a Taichi class two years ago and started practicing Taichi. I am practicing Yang short form. One problem I have now is that I hear ringing on my right ear. It sounds similar to blood rushing through the ear. At the beginning it was faint, but the more attention I paid the stronger it became. Now it is almost constant, especially when I am lying down.
I was wondering if this problem is cause by something that I am doing wrong in my practice? Is there something I can do or change?
Alan: I once had a problem like this in my left ear. It was like a rushing sound behind my ear, sort of inside the head, and I could hear the blood pumping round. However in my case, it was because of a kick to the head. I was attacked by a man in the street. I blocked his initial punch and kicked him, but as I was drunk at the time, I fell over in the road and he kicked me in the head. Then he was joined by two other men, but I managed to get to my feet and block the rest of their punches, including while one of them was trying to burn my arm with a lighted cigarette. I guess they realised they weren't getting through, because in the end they gave up and went away. Anyway, I went to my doctor because of the noise in my ear and he said it was caused by the kick to my head, just behind the ear, and the bruising was compressing an artery and this was causing he noise. Whatever is causing your problem, I would say that the secondary cause is therefore probably some sort of constriction of compression of an artery adjacent to your ear. I agree that I can't see how it could possibly be Tai Chi. Kind regards, Simon.