If you’ve found this site because you are hearing unexplained noises in one or both ears and assume it’s tinnitus, you need to see a doctor – do not self-diagnose. It could be the equally troublesome, though benign Meniere’s disease – or something far more serious like an obstruction in an artery (causing a sound as the blood flows though it) that requires urgent medical attention. Get it checked out without delay!
Once you have seen a doctor or audiologist and tinnitus has been confirmed, you now have a name for that weird, annoying noise that’s driving you crazy. And now you’re looking for a natural treatment.
Here’s the good news – it is not life-threatening or a symptom of mental illness. Indeed, you’re in distinguished company, along with fellow tinnitus-suffers like David Letterman, Barbra Streisand, William Shatner and Eric Clapton. They are among an estimated 10 per cent of the population who hear sporadic or constant high-pitched whining, popping, hissing and even loud explosion-like sounds.
The bad news? Tinnitus is awfully difficult to treat, unless it has an obvious cause like an ear infection or a blockage caused by a buildup of ear wax. Most times, the cause of tinnitus is not so simple – and if it’s the result of a physical injury to your delicate hearing mechanism, there may be nothing doctors can do.
Many cases of tinnitus are the result of exposure to loud music, which is why so many musicians seem prone to it . . . .and young people who have the volume cranked on their headset or car sound systems. It can also develop if you are working for long periods around noisy machinery, for example. Loud sounds can damage the delicate hearing mechanism and it can lead to phantom signals being sent to the brain in the complete absence of any actual sound. In other words, your brain is “hearing” something that doesn’t exist.
Conventional treatments for tinnitus range from surgery and drugs to special diets and herbal supplements, but many tinnitus suffers have found the results disappointing. Though temporary relief is sometimes obtained, tinnitus often returns and is sometimes worse.
Since you are here because you are looking for a natural treatment for tinnitus, let’s look at some options.
1) Begin a log of your most severe episodes of tinnitus, even if the noises you hear are constant, there will be times when you are more aware of them. By keeping a log you can explore what you were doing immediately preceding this episode to see if there might be a contributing factor. For example, Tinnitus sufferers often say their symptoms are worse if they are stressed or if they have had a poor night’s sleep.
2) Watch your diet. Caffeine and alcohol are often cited as making tinnitus worse and some sufferers have found abstaining from drinks containing caffeine and alcohol will dramatically reduce their tinnitus. If your daily log shows your tinnitus worse after, say, consuming high-sugar food or drink you will be able to adjust your diet to see if changes can bring you some relief.
3) Make a list of all medications and prescription drugs you are taking and ask your pharmacist for a list of all side-effects. Talk to your doctor about the results – particularly for those drugs that have the potential to cause hearing problems or headaches.
4) You should also know that long-term use of Aspirin and generic brand drugs containing acetacyclic acid have been linked to the development of both tinnitus and Meniere’s disease. If you use Aspirin just to treat minor ailments like headache you might try another painkiller for a while to see if your tinnitus symptoms ease. But DO NOT stop taking Aspirin if it has been prescribed by a physician to prevent blood clots because you have coronary artery disease. Discuss your Aspirin use with your doctor and see if there is an alternative.
Finally, be patient – though tinnitus often appears suddenly it can take a long time to identify and address the root causes.
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