- by Ted Roberts
It probably started out with just some occasional odd sounds in your ears. Maybe like a bell ringing in the distance or a swishing sound. These noises may have only been a minor annoyance once in awhile, but if these have become your irritating, constant companion you probably have tinnitus.
What Causes The Ringing In Ears
According to WebMD, about 50 million Americans have been diagnosed with tinnitus. The constant ringing in your ears means you have sustained damage to your inner ears.
The tiny delicate hairs in your ear have become bent or broken. This leads to random electrical impulses being sent to your brain via the auditory nerve. The phantom sounds they make are the source of ear ringing.
What to Do about the Constant Ringing In Your Ears
The first step in quieting the noise in your head is to go see a doctor. Get a thorough exam. Tell him/her about any and all medications you are taking, including supplements and herbs. You must rule out more serious disorders, like anemia or a thyroid disorder as the source of your tinnitus.
Unfortunately, if your doctor determines an underlying disease is not the cause of the ringing in your ears, you won’t be given many treatment options. In the ebook, Tinnitus Miracle™, author Thomas Coleman recounts his grim diagnosis of pulsatile tinnitus and the lack of any real treatment offered by modern medicine.
Coleman decided not to resign himself to a lifetime of tinnitus. After years of research, he completely overhauled his life and diet to stop the ringing in his ears forever, and you can too.
How To Stop The Ringing In Your Ears
There are three critical things you can do to quiet the ringing (swishing, clicking or roaring) sound in your ears.
Change your surroundings. Avoid loud places like bars, sports arenas, musical concerts, warehouses or factories where heavy machinery is operated. If you must go to these places, wear tightly fitting earplugs and limit the time you spend in the noise.
At home, keep the television and radio at a very low volume. Ask family members to wear headphones to play video games or watch loud movies. Be sure to point out how loud noises could land them in the same noisy, ear ringing boat as you.
There is never a better time than now to change your lifestyle to help get rid of those frustrating sounds you are living with. Start with your diet and drastically cut back on, or avoid these foods all together:
- Caffeine – chemical stimulants like this excite the hairs in the ears, destroy inner ear nerve cells and cause hearing loss and worsen tinnitus
- Sodium – this compound affects all fluids in the body, even in the inner ear. Excess sodium consumption can lead to high blood pressure which make tinnitus symptoms worse
- Alcohol – drinking too much of this can increase your blood pressure by dilating blood vessels and increasing the force of blood in your vessels. Some tinnitus sufferers hear a pulsing sound in synch with their heartbeat, instead of ringing in the ears. This is the sound of blood pounding in the tiny blood vessels in the inner ear.
- MSG – Monosodium glutamate is a preservative and flavor enhancer in many foods. It is a type of sodium and can cause water retention and an increase in blood pressure, which will affect the inner ear.
Now is the time to lose a few pounds by starting a regular exercise program. Maintain a healthy weight by eating healthy natural foods. Ditch those foods that are processed and loaded with sugar and salt. Simple things like walking every day for a couple of miles, swimming or riding a bike will help you lose weight. Try to adopt healthy habits, like switching from caffeine loaded coffee and sodas, to water and herbal tea.
Studies have shown that stress can be a compounding factor when it comes to tinnitus. Learning to relax using yoga, meditation and deep breathing techniques can lower your stress level.
3. Homeopathic Medicine
There are many supplements that have been very effective in decreasing tinnitus symptoms. McCall details the herbs and supplements he used in his guide. When he combined these with a new healthier lifestyle, he discovered an effective no-more-ringing-in-the-ears treatment! Here are the herbs and vitamins recommended by health practitioners.
- Gingko Biloba – according to studies conducted by a research facility in Hamburg Germany, tinnitus sufferers who took this supplement reported significant improvement in their tinnitus symptoms
- Coffee Crudea – while drinking coffee can worsen tinnitus, taking this supplement made from unroasted coffee beans has been shown to calm the nervous system and alleviate the ringing in the ears of tinnitus suffers
- Zinc – The Department of Otorhinolaryngology (fancy word for ears) at St Marianna University found that many persons suffering from tinnitus had a zinc deficiency. Patients who were given zinc supplements over a period of two weeks, all reported a decrease in their symptoms of tinnitus. It is well known that zinc is crucial for maintaining a healthy immune system and helps with the production of red blood cells.
- B-Vitamins – Like zinc, a clinical study (conducted in 1993 by the Institute of Noise Hazards Research) found tinnitus suffers were B12 deficient. When they began taking supplements of the B vitamin, they reported an improvement in their condition. Niacin and thiamin, also B vitamins, is reported to be very effective as part of treatment for tinnitus.
- Melatonin – This hormone is made by the body to help us sleep. Some people have reported a significant improvement in their tinnitus symptoms after taking 3 mg of it over the course of 30 days.
By changing your environment, lifestyle and adding homeopathic herbs and supplements you can treat your Tinnitus in the comfort of your own home. No expensive medications or repeat visits to the doctors.
These 3 methods are natural, simple, and have zero side-effects. A safe and easy way to stop the ringing in your ears. Special thanks to Ian McCall, author of Tinnitus Miracle™, for allowing me to re-use some of his material.