10 Tinnitus Remedies That May Provide Relief

Do you hear that? …that ringing? …that continual ringing? (or buzzing, humming, pulsing, etc noise)

If you’ve experienced a ringing in your ears, then the following list of troubles may be just as common for you: 

Fatigue. Stress. Trouble Sleeping. Difficulty concentrating. Anxiety. Headaches. Depression. 

Tinnitus, often characterized by a ringing in the ears, is experienced by at least 15-20% of adults. And, as we’ve just seen, a ringing in the ears is often only the start of the trouble it can cause. 

So then, what spells relief for tinnitus? 

While there’s no known cure for tinnitus, there are effective ways to manage the symptoms! 

Read on to find ten effective ways to find relief for the ringing


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What Is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a symptom of trouble occurring within your auditory system. 

Made up of specific parts of your brain and your middle, inner, and outer ear, your auditory system processes both how you hear and understand sounds.

Tinnitus is characterized by a regular, or constant, sound heard even though no external sound is present. 

These constant or regular sounds are often described as ringing, hissing, buzzing, whistling, or humming. And, in more severe instances, some people can hear louder, more profound sounds such as breaking glass or running machinery.

Tinnitus can be experienced in one ear, or both simultaneously. And, it can be constant or even temporary. 

Most people who suffer from such symptoms experience what is known as subjective tinnitus, where the sufferer alone can hear these sounds. However, in roughly 5% of cases, objective tinnitus occurs, where a physician can also hear the pulsing sounds heard by the patient. 

In the case of objective tinnitus, blood vessel complications or even muscle contractions can be the cause of the pulsing sounds that are heard. 

But, in the cases of the more common subjective tinnitus, let’s address the elephant in the room…or rather, the ear…

Why do people experience tinnitus?

We mentioned that tinnitus is a symptom rather than a condition or disease itself, but what does this mean for sufferers? 

If you’re experiencing tinnitus, those plaguing sounds in your ear(s), are likely due to damage incurred to your auditory system. 

Such damage can be gradual or immediate, and is often caused by one or more of the following:

  • head and/or neck injuries
  • age-related hearing loss
  • sudden or constant exposure to loud noises 
  • fluid in the ear
  • wax buildup in the ear
  • high blood pressure
  • tumors in the ear or on the auditory nerve
  • certain medications (including antibiotics)
  • medication taken in large doses (such as aspirin)
  • ear/nose/throat infections

Tinnitus symptoms can be exacerbated by depression, high levels of stress, a lack of sleep, and illness. 

Some people even experience greater symptoms when they consume too much caffeine or alcohol. 

While there is presently no cure known to work for all those dealing with tinnitus, there have studies that have yielded promising results that may lead to a breakthrough in the future. Thankfully, there are some things you can do right now to manage the perception of the sounds heard, lessen the symptoms, and find relief to improve your quality of life while experiencing tinnitus. 


How To Get Relief From Tinnitus?

Most people have found they can experience relief from tinnitus. And, this relief can be found from a wide range of sources, from simple lifestyle changes to more involved measures.

Here we’ll list the most common and effective tinnitus remedies that have provided relief for many sufferers. 

Exercise
The fact that exercise can improve health isn’t new information, but can it really improve something like tinnitus? 

Actually, yes! 

Stress, lack of sleep, anxiety, and illness can all contribute to worsening tinnitus symptoms. And, worsening tinnitus can contribute to stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, and then illness. So, exercise can help relieve tinnitus in multiple ways. 

Exercise improves your immune responses (helping to fight illness). It is a proven method of stress relief. And, exercise can even improve sleep quality. Improvements in each of these areas can lessen tinnitus severity. 

Dietary Changes
Some people have found tinnitus triggers within their diet. 

For instance, sodium has been found to contribute to instances of tinnitus. So, lowering salt intake has been known to reduce tinnitus, and this has also proven effective at lowering blood pressure, especially helpful in those tinnitus sufferers whose condition stems from hypertension. 

And, as instances of tinnitus were found to increase in individuals consuming foods with high levels of iron, calcium, and fat, controlling consumed amounts of these minerals and nutrients may help to reduce symptoms as well. 

Meditation and Stress Reduction
Mindful meditation and mindful breathing practices are effective ways to relieve stress and thereby lessen the intensity of tinnitus. 

As tinnitus can bring about much stress, practicing effective ways to reduce stress can go a long way in your efforts to find relief in dealing with symptoms. 

Besides reducing overall stress, these methods can help you to focus your mind on things other than the symptoms of tinnitus. 

Acupuncture
While acupuncture is often skipped over, not being seen as a conventional or traditional method of treatment, tinnitus sufferers have found great relief with this practice. 

Acupuncture can decrease inflammation and improve blood circulation, making this method of relief especially effective for those suffering from tinnitus symptoms due to high blood pressure or a head or neck injury.

And, studies have shown acupuncture can reduce the intensity at which tinnitus symptoms are experienced.

Hearing Aids
If your tinnitus symptoms are a result of hearing loss, hearing aids can provide relief. 

As you lose your ability to hear, your brain begins to change the way it processes sounds. In this process, you can experience ringing, buzzing, or humming sounds…or tinnitus. 

As the use of hearing aids can improve hearing, tinnitus symptoms can lessen. 

Sound Machines
Sound machines and sound-masking devices offer effective tinnitus relief as they provide external noise, usually pleasant or warm sounds, that can essentially “drown out” the sounds heard internally. 

These machines are often devices you can place on a table or nearby stand but also come in sizes small enough to fit in the ear (electronic devices made to be worn in the ear). 

Studies have shown that white or pink noises were most effective at masking tinnitus sounds. 

Behavioral Therapy
Working with a behavioral or cognitive therapist or counselor has also proven to be effective at dealing with the effects of tinnitus. 

Those who have dealt with tinnitus over long periods of time can experience high levels of stress, and behavioral therapy has proven helpful in teaching sufferers to live with and even cope with this condition. 

Medication
While there isn’t a known medication to specifically treat tinnitus, some antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications have been known to improve the quality of life for tinnitus sufferers by making the sounds less intrusive on daily life. 

Supplements
Many vitamins and minerals are effective at both treating and offering relief for a wide range of symptoms and conditions, including tinnitus. The most common supplements used as a relief for tinnitus are zinc, ginkgo biloba, and magnesium (their effectiveness detailed below). 

  • Zinc- Some studies have shown those experiencing tinnitus to be deficient in zinc. In such studies, both the severity and loudness of tinnitus was greater in those individuals with low levels of zinc. 
  • Zinc is also known to improve nerve transmission within auditory pathways, and as we’ve seen earlier here, improvements in hearing have often lessened the instances and severity of tinnitus. 
  • Ginkgo Biloba- This herb is most noted for its ability to stimulate circulation. For those experiencing tinnitus due to poor blood circulation or even hypertension, ginkgo biloba may offer relief. 
  • Magnesium- Studies have shown magnesium to decrease the severity of symptoms of tinnitus. This mineral is often associated with ear health as it has been found to protect the inner ear from damage caused by loud noises, as it works to block damage to cells within the ear from free radical molecules (experienced in instances of loud noise). 

Say No To Alcohol, Tobacco, And Caffeine
Alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine can all hinder blood flow, a known contributor to tinnitus. And, regular consumption of each of these is known to increase blood pressure, another contributing factor to tinnitus. 

Alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine can all hinder blood flow, a known contributor to tinnitus. And, regular consumption of each of these is known to increase blood pressure, another contributing factor to tinnitus. 

Limiting or avoiding these substances can not only improve your overall health, but may also provide relief for tinnitus. 

**If you are newly experiencing symptoms, your tinnitus has increased or become persistent, or if you find that your tinnitus symptoms are interfering with your ability to sleep, work, or enjoy your life (to the point of causing depressive symptoms), please see your doctor. 

Upon a routine hearing examination, a physician can refer you to a specialist if warranted. 





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