Please note: the following information does not constitute professional medical advice, and is provided for general informational purposes only. Please speak to your doctor if you have tinnitus.
For those with moderate to severe tinnitus, the persistent ringing in your ears can degrade your quality of life. In some cases, it may be debilitating. Although there is no known cure, there are treatments that can help you manage the problem. The following are only five methods for tinnitus treatment.
A review of your diet and medications
A doctor can look at your diet to determine if there is anything that is contributing to the problem. For example, if you are a coffee drinker, this can lead to an increase in the symptoms associated with tinnitus. Likewise, certain medications can contribute to a worsening of your tinnitus. Often a patient is already taking certain drugs when a diagnosis has been made, so your doctor may need to adjust your medication.
There are a variety of devices that can be used for tinnitus treatment. One example is a white noise generator. These devices produces a high frequency sound that can make the ringing in your ears diminish. They are especially useful for sleeping at night, when tinnitus can cause sleep deprivation. Those with a hearing loss have found relief by being fitted with a hearing aid. The ability to hear better has helped reduce tinnitus in many people.
Although there is no specific drug that can cure tinnitus, there are certain anti-depressants that have been effective for many patients. However, they can have side effects, so you should give serious consideration to using them, as well as making sure you are under the supervision of your doctor.
Vitamins and herbal supplements
There are certain vitamins and minerals that some sufferers of tinnitus have found relief by using. A B-complex supplement taken daily has helped many people as well as zinc. Among herbal supplements, it is ginkgo biloba that people have claimed to have provided relief. Always consult your primary care physician before taking any dietary supplement.
Two treatments you may want to consider are hypnosis and acupuncture. Although the medical field seems skeptical of both areas of treatment, they are also harmless. Because they may help and will do no harm, it may be worth a try, especially if you have a severe case of tinnitus.
Keep in mind that tinnitus treatment is still being researched, so there may be new treatments available in the near future. Keep experimenting and consulting with your doctor about various ways to relieve your discomfort. What works for one person may not work for another, but what works best may be a combination of treatments.