The word ‘tinnitus’ comes from the Latin word for ‘ringing’ and is defined as ‘the perception of sound in the absence of any corresponding external sound’. If you suffer from this condition though, you don’t care about definitions, all you care about is stopping the noise! Depending on the severity, tinnitus can be anything from a mild annoyance to an almost debilitating condition that affects several aspects of your daily life.
Tinnitus itself is not actually a disease, it usually occurs as the result of something else such as infection, injury or noise trauma. Many people experience tinnitus at one time or another and often, the effects are temporary. The exact cause is still unknown but much research is being done to try and find the reason behind this condition.
There are two types of tinnitus, these are known as Subjective and Objective. Subjective is when only the individual can hear the ringing noise. This type is often caused by noise damage or sometimes can be a side effect of certain medications. Objective is when the ringing can also be heard by other people. This type is often due to muscle spasms and often will pulse in time with your heart beat. This can also be referred to as pulsatile tinnitus.
There is currently no actual cure for this condition but there are several different products and techniques specifically designed to ease the symptoms. The following remedies are not guaranteed to work for your particular tinnitus. While one method may be effective for one person, it may offer no relief for another.
It is recommended that you consult a health professional before taking any herbal supplements or trying alternative treatments.
Vitamins and Herbal Remedies
- A lack of vitamin B12 is a cause of anaemia which has been known to sometimes produce ringing in the ears for some people. This vitamin is therefore sometimes used to try and treat the symptoms of tinnitus.
- A popular herbal remedy is Ginkgo Biloba, which is a Chinese remedy used to help with blood circulation. Although some experts have claimed that this provides little more than a placebo, many sufferers have reported that it has helped with their tinnitus symptoms.
- Some studies have shown that a magnesium deficiency can increase your risk of noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus. In these cases, a high quality magnesium supplement may be recommended, although it is also found in leafy green vegetables such as spinach.
- A zinc deficiency has also been identified as a possible cause of tinnitus, particularly in people with an age related hearing loss. Supplements can sometimes be prescribed to try and ease the symptoms.
Hopefully this gets you started with a better understanding of what might treat and prevent Tinnitus, look for part two that will cover therapies and hearing aids that work in conjunction with managing Tinnitus.
Author Bio: Paul Harrison has been in the hearing aid industry for 20 years and in that time is has worked at both retailer and manufacturer level. Pauls business www.yourhearing.co.uk is a online portal that connects hearing aid audiologists with hearing aid users and if required hearing aids can be supplied a much lower costs all with the same aftercare and warranties.
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