Tinnitus is the technical term used to describe the incessant ringing or buzzing sound in the ears. This ringing sound can only be heard by the patient.
Tinnitus is not a disease but a condition, and may be a symptom of an underlying and more dangerous health problem. It can be a one sign of neurological problems like multiple sclerosis. It can also denote an ear infection, fluid build-up due to nasal allergies, or wax build up in the middle ear.
Types of Tinnitus
Pulsatile Tinnitus is like hearing sounds like that of a heartbeat, your own pulse, or muscle contractions. Muscular movements near the ear, any changes in the ear, or blood flow problems in the neck or facial area may create these sounds.
Nonpulsatile Tinnitus is caused by the cochlear or auditory nerves, the nerves responsible for hearing.
The most common reason a person develops tinnitus is due to hearing loss or from frequent exposure to excessively loud noises or sounds. If work-related, this is known as industrial deafness. Quite often tinnitus just comes and goes, and doesn’t require medical intervention.
However, if it gets worse and affects both ears, it would be wise to get it checked to make sure it is not a sign of any underlying problem.
Herbal and Dietary Remedies
When you are confident that it is not, you might like to use the following natural remedies for tinnitus to reduce the annoying ringing in your ears.
This herb comes from a wild oat plant which can be used effectively as a nervous system tonic. Avena sativa also works well in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and benefiting the circulatory system.
This is another invigorating herb which works well as a nerve tonic. Its active constituents are helpful for promoting the health of the blood vessels, which is important for tinnitus sufferers.
This herb also improves mood and energy levels, helping an individual cope better with stress, which helps lessen the symptoms of tinnitus.
This herb is popular for its ability to relieve the effects of stress and for helping achieve balance and harmony. Its active compounds support the overall health of the nervous system.
Vitamin B12 can help treat tinnitus as it is an essential vitamin for nerve ending health and it protects the neurons from inflammation that might cause tinnitus.
Food sources include, fresh pineapples, garlic, and sea vegetables. Otherwise vitamin B12 supplements may be helpful. Vitamin B12 helps reduce inflammation and prevents the hardening or stiffening of the bones in the middle ear, that may cause a ringing or buzzing sound.
Other Tinnitus Treatment Options
This is hands-on therapy designed for improving the flow of cerebral spinal fluid within the spinal column and brain. A skilled cranio-sacral therapist can usually help reduce the symptoms of tinnitus in just one session.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy – TRT
This therapy teaches tinnitus sufferers how to get rid of their negative emotional reactions towards tinnitus. An individual who undergoes Tinnitus Retraining Therapy will be able to learn better coping skills in dealing with their tinnitus.