Have you ever experience a faint ringing in your ears? It usually appears out of the blue, but for some people, the ringing is neither faint or sudden. Constant ringing in the ears is actually a condition called tinnitus which is far more common than you think and affects more than 50 million people in the world.
Most of these people are trying to resolve the problem with OTC pills. However, pills are not so effective in this case and may also cause a variety of side-effects. Luckily, there are ways of treating tinnitus regularly, but before we present them, let’s see what causes the condition.
Tinnitus is a constant ringing sound in the ears which isn’t cause by external noise. It’s not always a ringing sound – for some people, the noise can range from hissing to chirping. The noise might be continuous or come and go and is noticeable when there’s no background noise. In some cases, the noise is synced with a person’s heartbeat.
The most common trigger for tinnitus is exposure to loud noise. Tinnitus most often occurs when you stand too close to a speaker in nightclubs or concerts or if you work on a construction site where it’s too loud. The loud noise damages the cells in the inner ear and may progress to hearing loss. Even a single exposure to loud noise can cause tinnitus.
Other causes of tinnitus may include head and neck injuries, aging, Meniere’s disease, some drugs, wax buildup and otosclerosis. The usual treatment for tinnitus includes a variety of pills which reduce the symptoms. However, besides being ineffective, these drugs rarely work and may even worsen the condition, which is why you should treat it naturally. Here are a few natural treatments for tinnitus:
Several studies have shown that acupuncture can reduce the symptoms of tinnitus and treat the condition. The technique is aimed at fixing the obstruction in the ear channels. It usually takes 10-15 treatments before you notice positive results, so you need to be patient with it.
Ginkgo Biloba is a miraculous tree that has been extensively used in herbal medicine. Ginkgo supplements can improve the blood flow to your outer body parts and is highly effective against tinnitus if it’s caused by circulatory problems. Doctors recommend taking 240 mg. of Ginkgo supplements per day for about 6 weeks. At this point, the symptoms should begin fading – once they do, reduce the dosage to 40-60 mg. per day.
Eustachian Tube Drainage
This technique consists of draining fluid from your ear in order to relieve pressure on the ear drum. This treatment can reduce the congestion in your inner ear and has helped many tinnitus patients with their symptoms. To perform it, wash your hands nicely first, then open your mouth and put the index finger on your back molars. There’s a bone behind the molars and a tendon you should feel with your finger. Just beyond it on the root of the tongue is the Eustachian tube. Stroke it from one side to the other. Do this every day and you should feel some much-needed relief.
Vitamin B2 and zinc supplements have been known to help treat age-related tinnitus, especially in people suffering from nutrient deficiencies. There are zinc supplements in the form of lozenges you can take if you’re lacking zinc – they shouldn’t have taste unless you’re zinc deficient.
On the other hand, if your problem is caused by vitamin B12 deficiency, 1000 mcg. of vitamin B12 supplements every day can help. Some experts say that even 100 mcg. of the vitamin can help, although there’s need for more research on the claim.
Surprisingly, white noise can suppress the symptoms of tinnitus. As tinnitus is present during lack of background noises, a white noise machine can simulate it, reducing the constant buzzing or tinging. If you can’t sleep because of tinnitus, get white noise machine with pillow speakers to simulate white noise and get some rest. Fans, humidifiers and air conditioners can also simulate white noise and prevent insomnia.