Tinnitus refers to a ringing or sharp noise in the ears that can cause pain and discomfort to the affected persons. Tinnitus in itself is not a condition but a symptom to an underlying problem such as a circulatory system disorder, ear injury or age-related hearing loss.
While tinnitus is bothersome, it usually isn’t a sign of a serious condition. In some people, the symptom can worsen with age. However, for most people, tinnitus can be less noticeable if it is treated.
How is Tinnitus Treated?
In most cases, there is no specific treatment for tinnitus. Sometimes, the condition can disappear on its own or a person may have to live with the condition permanently. One of the drugs recommended by some ear specialist for curing tinnitus is niacin. However, there is no scientific evidence to support that the drug helps to cure tinnitus.
Another drug that has been found to reduce the annoyance levels of tinnitus is gabapentin. When taken in high doses, some patients have found the drug helpful in easing the annoyance level. Other drugs that are commonly recommended for treatment of tinnitus include placebo and Campral.
Apart from medicinal treatment, there are some easy remedial treatments that may benefit some individuals. These include:
• Some people with tinnitus have been found to have low levels of zinc. Taking zinc supplements may be beneficial.
• Ginkgo Biloba is considered a natural remedy for tinnitus. However, controlled studies have been inconclusive on its effectiveness.
• Studies have shown that patients experiencing disturbed sleep due to tinnitus may experience relief when they take melatonin. This claim has however not be verified in controlled studies.
• Quitting smoking and reducing or avoiding salt and caffeine intake may help to relieve symptoms of tinnitus.
Different tinnitus treatments can work for different patients. Your doctor can recommend one or more of the above treatment options.
Another type of tinnitus is somatic tinnitus. There are three factors for determining somatic tinnitus
- The sufferer can change how the tinitus is heard inside their mind, both volume and pitch by moving their jaw, neck and eyes.
- Many tinnitus sufferers are able to use their fingertip on their head and face and behind the ear and in the neck and in doing so increase the tension and tinnitus experience
- Sufferers exhibit a muscular tension in the jaw and neck muscles.
This type of tinnitus seems to be the effect of physical issues with the head and neck and by treating the muscles and tendons of the upper back, shoulders, neck and face a sufferor can experience great relief and even the end of their tinnitus.