Tinnitus

Tinnitus is noise in the ear such as buzzing, ringing or whistling which is coming from within the ear, rather than from an external source.

Symptoms may include hearing buzzing, roaring, ringing, whistling, or hissing sounds. These sounds may be intermittent, continuous, or pulsing. Tinnitus may interfere with normal activities and sleep, and there may be an associated decrease in the ability to hear conversation or other sounds in the environment. Tinnitus usually occurs in association with hearing loss.

Any ear disorder can cause tinnitus. Some of the most common examples are:

  • a disease in the inner ear damage caused by extreme noise
  • age-dependent hearing reduction or Ménière’s disease
  • an obstruction in the ear canal – a large amount of earwax or a foreign object
  • a pierced eardrum
  • a disease in the middle ear – inflammation of the middle ear
  • high blood pressure
  • some medications may cause tinnitus as a side effect, especially when the dose is exceeded, eg aspirin.

There is no cure for tinnitus noise but it can be masked by playing soothing music or continuous “white noise”. One way to help decrease tinnitus is to use a hearing aid, especially when hearing is impaired.

Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)

Supplement/Herb What it does Dosage
Zinc Zinc supplements have been used to treat people who had both tinnitus and hearing loss (usually age-related). It is needed for bone health and may only be helpful for tinnitus in people who are zinc deficient. 30mg times daily
Melatonin Melatonin supplementation may improve the symptoms of tinnitus and improve sleep. 3mg nightly
Ginkgo biloba Helps to increase circulation and keep blood vessels toned and pliable. 500mg 3 times daily
Ginger Ginger is recommended where there is inflammation and for circulatory disorders. It may be helpful for tinnitus if there is inflammation in the inner ear. 500mg 3 times daily
Calcium Needed for the structural formation of bones. 500mg to 1000 mg daily
Magnesium Needed for the structural formation of bones. 250mg to 500mg daily

 

Diet and Lifestyle Factors

Replace refined carbohydrates with foods high in fibre.

Eat 5 to 7 portions of fruit and vegetables daily.

Do not smoke and cut out salt and coffee.

Homoeopathic Remedies which may help. (Refer to the individual remedy for guidance on the one that is most appropriate for you.)

  • Actaea Rac
  • Calcarea carb
  • Carbo veg
  • Graphites
  • Lycopodium

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