Tinnitus treatment

There are various treatment methods available for the cure of Tinnitus. Use of oral medication is one of the ways to cure Tinnitus. In addition to that there are various therapies given to the patient. Tinnitus retraining therapy and hypnotherapy are specially designed for the treatment of tinnitus. The same modes of treatment may not be effective on a different individual.

Conditions: 1 Tinnitus Control

Tinnitus can be controlled by various diet factors and environmental factors.
  • A diet has no direct relation to tinnitus, but a complete diet results in a healthy body and perfect hearing ability.
  • Consumption of salt: The Tinnitus may get worsens with the excess intake of salt.
  • Sugar level in the body: An imbalance in the sugar levels will affect the auditory system and brain cells thereby worsening the hearing disorder.
  • Flavor enhancers: Flavor enhancers present in pre packaged food are great harm to our body and also enhance the hearing disorder. So, avoid eating pre-packaged food.
  • Blood pressure: Maintain a normal blood pressure.
  • Caffeine and nicotine: Both of them are harmful to the body in excess quantities. Avoid intake of caffeine and nicotine.
  • Avoid exposure to loud noise and strictly avoid absolute silence.
  • Avoid stress.
  • Zinc supplementations suppress Tinnitus.
  • Objective tinnitus can be specifically treated with Gamma knife radiosurgery, Botulinum toxin, clearing ear canal, using a neurostimulator
  • Subjective tinnitus can be treated using Melatonin for people with sleep disturbance. Lidocaine injection into the inner ear suppresses tinnitus. Older benzodiazepines, Tricyclics in small doses are sometimes used for tinnitus.
  • Electrical stimulation: Transcranial magnetic stimulation, Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, Direct stimulation of auditory cortex by implanted electrodes, Vagus nerve stimulation or Ultrasonic bone-conduction external acoustic stimulation have shown to improve Tinnitus.
  • Use of hearing aid can stop Tinnitus.

Other treatments include:
  • Surgery repair of the perilymph fistula, External sound Low-pitched sound treatment, Tinnitus retraining therapy, Auditive stimulation therapy and Psychological cognitive behavioral therapy.

2 Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) is one form of potential habituation therapy designed for patients with chronic subjective tinnitus. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy involves the close co-operation with hearing professionals. The therapy aims to teach the brain to ignore the noise in the ear by habituation with the Tinnitus.

The universally accepted model or Tinnitus, the neurophysiologic model, considers tinnitus as an auditory nervous system problem and may involve the limbic and autonomic nervous systems. As per this model, the treatment of tinnitus should focus mainly on the limbic and autonomic nervous systems and the tinnitus sensation should give only secondary attention. The goal of TRT is achieved in two strategies.

The first strategy involves the removal of any negative thought or fears that may be associated with tinnitus perception. This is achieved by direct counseling with a structured program of patient education with a perspective to eliminate or at least decrease the patient's reaction to any perceived tinnitus. Once the first strategy is implemented successfully the second strategy can be taken into consideration. The second strategy involves the removal of the tinnitus from conscious perception and is done through sound therapy. Sound therapy uses constant low level, broad-band background sound to reduce the detectability of tinnitus at the subconscious level. This situation has to be maintained for one to two years to achieve retraining of the tinnitus signal processing mechanism.

This therapy offers hope to sufferers who are willing to take the time and make the effort to learn and implement it. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy can restore totally or partially the normal level of sensitivity to sound.

3 Alternative remedies

Earwax removal can be done to cure the condition.
A nasal spray with glycerin and salt in warm water can give some relief.
Magnesium levels have some effect on Tinnitus. Coffee, tea and other substances with caffeine can deplete magnesium levels. Alcohol is another substance that can deplete magnesium levels that has also been linked to tinnitus. Magnesium deficiency may make the people anxiety prone and hypersensitive to stimuli such as loud noises and bright lights.

Avoiding exposure to loud noises may help tinnitus.
Avoiding high salicylate foods including; Almonds, Apples, Apricots, Berries, Cherries, Cucumbers, Grapes, Nectarines, Oranges, Peaches, Pickles, Plums, Raisins, Tomatoes and Wine can have some effect on Tinnitus.

If the Tinnitus is a side effect of the medications has tinnitus, they should consult the doctors to see if their ear noises could be from a side effect of the medication.

Alternative Medicine for Tinnitus
Traditional treatments that have been used for Tinnitus are acupuncture, herbal supplements, homeopathy and aromatherapy. Homeopathy treatment method will be individually specific. Salicylic acidum can be used if the Tinnitus is accompanied by giddiness and deafness or some hearing loss. Carbonium sulphuratum may be used if there is a tingling sensation and feel ears are clogged up. Chininum sulphuricum if the noise is a buzzing or hissing sound. If the noise is a ringing sound with no other symptoms, Kali iodatum can be used. 3X of Hydrastis may be prescribed in the case of infection. If Tinnitus is accompanied by hypertension, depression, or piercing pain is involved, 3X - 30X of Aurum is recommended.

The aromatherapy believes that the blends of fragrance should heal an ailment as well as calm and relax a person, helping them meditate. Several pure scents as well as several fragrance blends are recommended by aromatherapy for the cure of Tinnitus. Juniper berry, a pure scent, has detoxifying and cleansing effect of the body's blood. Cypress oil stimulates the blood circulation, which can be important in certain cases of tinnitus. Good blood circulation can lessen the ringing or eliminate it entirely if the Tinnitus is accompanied by hypertension and arteriosclerosis. Lavender oil is a powerful and effective relaxant or sedative used for tinnitus relief. It relieves stress and help insomnia and anxiety, which can be very helpful to someone suffering from tinnitus.
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