The Best Home Remedies for Tinnitus
Are There Home Remedies for Tinnitus
It is happening again. You are ready for bed, just about to crawl in and get comfortable and the house is nice and quiet. All of a sudden, this horrible ringing or whistling sound is coming at you through both ears! What is this sound, and what is causing it to happen to you, especially when it is nice and quiet with little background noise? There is a good chance that you are suffering from a condition known as tinnitus.
What is Tinnitus?
Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus, does not necessarily mean that you are hearing a ringing in your ears, but instead might manifest itself as anything from a buzzing, whistling, hissing, chirping, ringing or a wide range of other sounds. The sound can vary in loudness, be continuous or intermittent. When background noises are low it can be at its loudest as you are more aware of it, so trying to fall asleep at night can be very challenging especially if you have an advanced case of tinnitus. In some very rare instances, an individual may experience pulsatile tinnitus, meaning the sounds within their ears may pulse with the beat of their heart.
For most of the fifty million adults who suffer from tinnitus, the common condition is merely an annoyance to be dealt with. However, in severe cases it can cause people to have trouble sleeping and concentrating and can be a serious disorder that needs to have attention. Eventually, it could even interfere with personal relationships as well as work and cause psychological distress to the individuals. While sometimes associated with ongoing hearing loss, tinnitus does not affect hearing loss nor is the adverse true. In fact, the opposite often happens with individuals who suffer from tinnitus having hearing so acute that they must muffle external sounds (hyperacusis) or even mask noises. Most people with tinnitus have no difficulty hearing whatsoever.
Causes of Tinnitus
Tinnitus is most often caused by frequent and prolonged exposure to loud noises; this can happen for people who have noise-induced hearing loss in up to ninety percent of individuals. Damage to the sound-sensitive cochlea (spiral shaped inner ear organ) cells is caused by repeated exposure to noises; some of the people who have this problem are street-repair workers, rock musicians, pilots, carpenters are generally seen as being as risk due to their profession. Additionally, anyone such as law enforcement who works around guns, chain saws or just those who listen to loud music on a regular basis and keep the volume levels turned up extra loud. All of these activities can cause not only tinnitus but also reduce overall hearing levels significantly. Alternatively, single loud noises can also cause similar problems – repeated exposure to loud sounds is not the only way to contract tinnitus.
Conventional and alternative therapies can help relieve tinnitus when it is caused by inner-ear infections or blockages and the problem may disappear once the presenting problem is solved. However, that is not always the case and alternative therapies and natural healing may be needed before the tinnitus resolves itself. Some of the other conditions that can cause tinnitus include:
● Aspirin, certain antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, anti-depressants–unfortunately there are about two hundred drugs that cite tinnitus as a potential side effect of taking the medication
● Aging can cause the cochlea or other parts of the ear to deteriorate over time, causing the condition
● Ear infection or multiple ear infections, wax buildup blockages of the ear, or even a tumor on the auditory nerve that allows us to hear (although this condition is very rare)
● Such conditions that are medical like cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, allergies, anemia, diabetes, thyroid disorders or other circulatory problems
● Inner ear diseases such as Meniere’s disease
● Otosclerosis, where small bones that are located in the middle of the ear begin to stiffen
● Head and neck injuries
● TMJ (temporomandibular jaw disorder), or other such pains or strains in the jaw and neck area
There is also the potential that tinnitus will continue or worsen if individuals eat certain foods, drink caffeinated beverages, drink alcohol or even smoke cigarettes, and personal conditions such as fatigue and stress tend to make the condition more visible and annoying as well.
How Is Tinnitus Diagnosed?
Diagnosing tinnitus can be as simple as listening to your symptoms and fully understanding them. If you visit a health care professional, they are most likely to want to know the quality of the sound that you are experiencing: is it a ringing sound, or whistling – is it always there or does it come and go at certain times? If the sound is variable and comes and goes, are there specific times of the day or triggers that you can find for the sounds? Some other things to consider when trying to decide if you have tinnitus is whether both ears are involved or if only one ear is involved, and whether or not the sound seems to pulsate or stay relatively steady. Clicking sounds may also be involved, and you will need to consider whether or not you have been around a single incredibly loud noise or if you have constant contact with loud noises – both of which are key indicators that you are experiencing tinnitus. Finally, there may be some hearing loss overall that would help associate your symptoms with tinnitus.
Physicians can help diagnose tinnitus by a thorough review of the neck and head, focusing on the tympanic membranes as well as the ear canals. Facial or cranial nerves will be examined for numbness or weakness in the neck, mouth or jaw area that might indicate that there could be a tumor involved. Listening to the arteries in your neck may also provide guidance to the cause of the tinnitus. Finally, it is likely that your professional will provide you with a hearing test to see if there is any associated hearing loss or a change or difference between the two ears which can also help with diagnosis. In some extreme cases, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan of the brain structures may be requested for consultations.
Medical Treatments for Tinnitus
While there are some medications that doctors claim offer a mild improvement in the treatment of tinnitus such as alprazolam (Xanax), an antidepressant and dexamethasone (Decadron), a steroid–these are not shown to be wholly effective and each carry a great deal of side effects that may be worse than the tinnitus that you are already experiencing!
The natural home remedies for tinnitus are much safer and likely to be even more effective. Just a few of the natural cures for tinnitus that you will find in our natural cure eBook are melatonin, which can help control sleep disorders, ginkgo biloba, which has not yet been shown in studies to be effective, and zinc as some tinnitus sufferers are shown to have lower levels of zinc in their systems although this, too, has not been proven as a necessarily effective home remedy for tinnitus. Some more effective options may include avoiding salt and caffeine and a smoking cessation program as they may be much more effective even than medicines that are currently on the market.
Holistic Tinnitus Treatments
Just as the medical treatments for tinnitus are not very helpful, the holistic remedies can be incredibly effective. Retraining therapies are an attempt to retrain the nerve pathways associated with hearing in order to have the brain essentially “ignore” the sound and look past it in order to hear what is actually happening. A process called habituation helps the brain ignore the signals caused by tinnitus so the patient will be completely unaware that the tinnitus is actually ongoing unless they concentrate on hearing the tinnitus noise. Sound generators as well as counselling are required in order to get this tinnitus treatment to be successful, and often ear, nose and throat doctors work together in order to successfully treat a patient in this manner.
Relief therapy is another option for tinnitus sufferers, where in concert with other relief options, an individual may react positively to a number of different types of relief methods when used together. An example would be when a patient receives counseling for depression at the same time they are working on a biofeedback loop that would keep the brain from hearing the ringing or whistling sounds associated with tinnitus. Stress reduction therapy may also be helpful as a home remedy for tinnitus.
Where Can I Learn More?
Some of the best home remedies for tinnitus can be found in our natural cure eBook about tinnitus. Check out all the different ways that we have compiled that individuals just like you have been able to overcome the painful and annoying problem of tinnitus, simply and effectively right in your home. You will be thrilled with the different options that do not include going to a doctor and receiving yet another prescription for a medication that will have unknown side effects. Instead, treat yourself the natural way and get our eBook to help you along the way.
This Page was last updated on Tuesday 27th of June 2017