Cure for Tinnitus

Tinnitus Remedies

Tinnitus is an indicator that there is something wrong with your body. So, in order for this ear ringing to completely go away the underlying condition should be first treated. There are three possible reasons why tinnitus occurs and these are excessive earwax inside the ears, existing blood vessel disorders, and could be associated with the side effects of a particular medication. To decrease if not completely eliminate tinnitus the ears should be free from earwax. It would also help a lot if the underlying blood vessel condition will be treated. Lastly, if a particular medication is causing tinnitus, then it should be changed immediately.

Treatment Options

Natural approach

This is the most desirable approach as it doesn’t cause any side effects at all. Since it is a natural approach, you will not be spending a lot of money on it. Natural treatment approach for tinnitus is broken down into different categories and these are the following:

  • Homeopathic treatment- This treatment approach has long been used in the treatment management of tinnitus. It is made from all natural ingredients and the primary goal is to deliver symptomatic relief.
  • Herbal therapy- As the name suggests, it includes using herbs that have proven medicinal properties. Some of the commonly used herbs for tinnitus are ginkgo biloba, spinach, pumpkin seeds, black cohosh, and sunflower seeds.
  • Vitamins and minerals- Tinnitus symptoms can be alleviated by supplementing the body the right amount of essential vitamins and minerals such as zinc, vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C and E.

Hypnosis

A few people were able to get rid of tinnitus through hypnosis. There are various techniques used by hypnotist and one of which involves listening to a particular sound that aims to mask the ringing sensation in the ears. Hypnosis also has the ability to block ringing in the ear below the cortical level. hypnosis sessionThe primary goal here is to create a new neuro pathway, which will direct one’s awareness to the newly created neuro pathway. However, you have to keep in mind that for hypnosis to be effective, you have to use it in combination with other tinnitus treatment management methods. The level and severity of tinnitus varies from one person to another and so the technique used for each person varies too.

Surgical approach

In severe cases of tinnitus, the doctor will recommend surgery, but this should only be the last resort. As much as possible, surgical approach should only be done if all other methods fail to address tinnitus problem. Surgery may cause serious side effects including the possibility of completely losing your ability to hear. The success rate of surgical approach depends on the general condition of the patient as well as the level of competency of the surgeon. So, you better choose the best in the industry. Some of the commonly performed surgeries are cochlear implant, cochlear and vestibulocochlear nerve ablation, stereotactic radiosurgery, and microvascular decompression.

If you are suffering from tinnitus, do not lose hope because help is readily available. There are many different treatment approaches for tinnitus and all you need to do is to choose the one that best suit your health condition. You might want to consult your doctor and discuss the best treatment management method for your condition.

Treating tinnitus through noise suppression

  • White noise machine- It is a device that creates environmental sounds like ocean waves, falling rain, and the likes. This has been proven really effective in the treatment management of tinnitus. If you want to fall deeply asleep, all you have to do is to turn on the machine with a pillow speaker. The ultimate goal is to cover internal noise, especially during nighttime.
  • Hearing aid- This device has long been used in the treatment of hearing disorders, but it does work well with tinnitus. Through this device, you will be able to focus more on listening to external sounds rather than listening to annoying tinnitus sounds.Hearing_aid
  • Masking device- It is somewhat similar to that of the hearing aid, but the only difference is that it produces a low yet continuous white noise, which is very effective in suppressing symptoms of tinnitus.
  • Retraining- It is a device that produces tonal music and its primary role is to mask the frequency of tinnitus. By wearing a tinnitus retraining device, you will be able to get used of tinnitus including the discomfort it brings. It is more like conditioning yourself to the discomfort brought by tinnitus.

Drugs used in the treatment management of tinnitus

The primary reason for using drugs is not to treat tinnitus, but to help alleviate the symptoms as well as the complications. Depending on the symptoms, your doctor could recommend any of the following medicines:

  • Alprazolam- The doctor usually prescribed this drug to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus. This drug should be taken as directed by the physician because if you don’t, then there is a tendency that you will experience side effects like nausea with or without vomiting and drowsiness.
  • Tricyclic antidepressants– Examples of drugs belonging in this category are nortriptyline and amitriptyline. These drugs are very good in treating tinnitus symptoms, but doctors usually prescribed it for severe cases of tinnitus. This drug shouldn’t be abused because it can cause serious side effects like blurring of vision, drying of the mouth, gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular-related concerns.

Other available remedies

  • Triggers- There are certain things that could trigger tinnitus or make tinnitus even worse. So, you should identify the possible irritants and completely avoid them. Tinnitus is usually triggered by loud noise, nicotine, and excessive caffeine.
  • Mask the noise- You will surely be hearing bothering noise, which makes tinnitus even more annoying. The good thing is that there are different ways to cover up the noise such as listening to soft music or even just a radio static set in a very low volume.
  • Stress management- If you are suffering from tinnitus, stress would do no good. As a matter of fact, it can worsen tinnitus. Hence, it is very important to limit your exposure to stressful situations. You should also come up with effective stress management techniques such as exercising, yoga, and all sorts of relaxation therapy.
  • Limit alcohol intake and other vices- Alcoholic beverages should be taken moderately; more so, if you are suffering from tinnitus. Excessive alcohol intake dilates blood vessels, which increases the flow of blood particularly in the inner ear. Aside from alcohol, you should also limit your intake of caffeinated beverages and salty foods. If you are smoking, then now is the right time to stop it. By doing so, annoying symptoms of tinnitus will be alleviated.NO Smoking Alcohol Sign
  • Increase the level of zinc in the body- Studies showed that those patients suffering from tinnitus have low zinc level. This is actually one of the reasons why tinnitus symptoms persist. So, it would help a lot if the level of zinc in the body will be increased. Take zinc supplement and in just a short period of time you will be able to see a significant improvement.
  • Melatonin- Patients suffering from tinnitus have difficulty sleeping at night because the sounds keep bugging them. To help sleep soundly at night, you should consider taking melatonin. It is a sleep hormone and it has been available in the market since time immemorial. Take melatonin before going to bed and when you wake up the following morning, you will surely feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

Therapies used in the treatment management of tinnitus

Retraining therapy

The purpose of retraining therapy is to retrain the nerve pathways to get used with the abnormally produced sounds. If the brain will get used with the sound, then the brain will just ignore it eventually. With the passage of time, you will be unaware that the condition exists. Retraining therapy is conducted by the most competent physician with the aid of a sound generator and counselling. To make this type of treatment successful, there will be collaboration between two or more physicians, especially otolaryngologist and audiologist.

Relief therapy

There are many different options for relief therapy. The doctor’ choice varies depending on the general condition of the patient as well as the severity of symptoms of tinnitus. The doctor could use masking, stress reduction, biofeedback, counseling for depression, and even the use of electrical stimulation for patients suffering from hearing loss.

 

 

 

 

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