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Can I Get Rid of Tinnitus?

Updated on July 31, 2014

First, let's discuss just what tinnitus is; it's described as constant ringing ears – sounds that are not created by any outside source. Although Tinnitus is most commonly associated with the sound of ringing, it can also include any number of other sounds including sizzling, buzzing, hissing or whistling sounds. The level and type of sound are very much dependent on the person experiencing them. In most cases, uncontrollable sounds like these typically last for substantial amounts of time, sometimes do not stopping at all, creating a continuous distraction to the sufferer and a desperate need to stop the ringing and get on with life.

Although there is no one school of thought as to what causes Tinnitus, some possible causes are jaw joint disorders, damage to the nerves in the inner ear, ear drum damage, ear infections, hearing loss, the long-term use of certain medications. Due to the varied nature of the causes of tinnitus, it is impossible to point out one remedy that will work for everyone. It really does depend on what the root cause of the tinnitus is. It may not be easy to pinpoint the exact cause of tinnitus, but thankfully there are several ways to reduce the ringing in your ears and get rid of tinnitus by using one or more natural home remedies.

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If you want to get rid of tinnitus on your own, you should first look at how your tinnitus changes based on several factors including the amount of alcohol you drink, whether or not you smoke and how much caffeine you ingest. Each of these activities has been proven to either instigate or exacerbate tinnitus symptoms. Ideally, tinnitus sufferers would eliminate these instigators from their life and the problem would go away, but this is not an ideal world. It doesn't mean that you've got to give up all your vices, but you should understand that they may be causing your tinnitus or making it worse. Therefore, you may want to consider some lifestyle changes. There are many ringing ears home remedies to consider, explore them all until you find one that works for you.

Key Points

  • Keep a diary
  • Monitor alcohol, drug and tobacco use
  • Drink water instead of other beverages
  • Eat lots of fresh fruit and veg
  • Try herbal remedies

How can you tell if your tinnitus is caused by the fact that you are a smoker, for example? One way is to keep a diary and take note of your tinnitus. Note the times of the day when you are experiencing the ringing, how loud you perceive it and what you have been doing. For instance, if you experience a low volume of ringing in the early morning, before you've had a cigarette, and it gets worse after smoking, there may be a link. Test the theory by trying to cut back on smoking each day, gradually reducing your habit to see if it makes a difference. Continue to keep a diary, if you see improvements when not smoking, then it might be the best course of action for you to quit the habit all together.

This same line of thinking holds true for alcohol and caffeine, both of which are known to cause ringing in the ears. For each individual, there are different causes for tinnitus. If you suspect that caffeine is causing yours, you'll do yourself a favor by keeping careful track of how much coffee or soda you drink and the instances of tinnitus you experience. If you do discover that caffeine is the culprit, try to cut back a little at a time, instead of two cups of coffee in the morning, try just one. In the middle of the afternoon, try to opt for a bottle of water or decaffeinated beverage rather than a soft drink with caffeine.

Diet can also have a positive impact and help get rid of tinnitus. Salicylic acid, a compound found in raw fruits and green vegetables is known to help relieve the loud ringing experienced by tinnitus sufferers. Garlic is also extremely beneficial, so be sure to include lots of fresh garlic into your diet. By increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet, you also increase the level of antioxidants, which in turn has a dramatic effect on diminishing inflammation in the inner ear and throughout the body.

Although western medicine has not completely accepted herbal remedies such as Ginkgo Biloba, Black cohosh, fenugreek seeds and mistletoe for tinnitus, many do find relief by using them. For centuries herbal remedies such as these have been used by tinnitus sufferers around the world looking for a way to get rid of tinnitus. Talk to a healthcare professional before adding any of these remedies to your arsenal, but don't discount them, they do work for some people, and they might just work for you.

It is difficult, if not impossible to figure out exactly what causes tinnitus, it is different for every person that experiences it. However, that does not mean that you have to suffer with constant ringing ears. Try out some of the ideas suggested here and you may just find one that will get rid of tinnitus for you so you can get on with living.

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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I'll try your suggestions. I hope they work.