Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tinnitus: What Can Be Done (holistically) to Alleviate the Ring


Tinnitus is an awful, joy killing gremlin for the audiophile. While there is no cure, there are some ways to help alleviate the irritation of tinnitus.

What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is an annoying condition affecting the ears, which can seriously diminish a person's hearing. A multitude of distracting sounds such as ringing, hissing and buzzing can be heard which are often maddening and interfere with daily life. Tinnitus often develops after exposure to loud noise, ear infections or injuries affecting nerve endings.

I have recently had 3 of my good customers either discover they had it, or it had resurfaced after many years. It can spell the end of enjoyment of music for the audiophile if it is bad enough. I too have a bit of the ringing in the ears, and it can be aggravated by listening to music at moderate to high listening levels for long periods of time. I am also very sensitive to high frequency noises, such as the noise from an old Cathode Ray Tube television or monitor, power lines that carry a lot of current (and noise), and more recently air conditioner fans.

I am lucky, I still can hear very well. I just have to be aware of irritants and try to avoid them. For others the sound can impair hearing, and end the joy of listening to music.

No Cure. But There Are Treatments
Conventional medicine has no cure; however, there are certain holistic and natural treatments for tinnitus, that can alleviate its effects, making it easier to hear. I wanted to share them with my audiophile friends so that they may get a little relief from their ailment and enjoy listening to music once again.

Supplements and Foods - The Helpers

Please consult your natural health practitioner for personalized dosing guidelines.

1. Ginko Biloba - Often used as an herbal memory aid, Ginko Biloba helps increase blood flow to the neck, head and brain. Additionally, it reduces inflammation in blood vessels, promoting better circulation to the capillaries feeding the nerves surrounding the ear. Taking ginkgo is not a fast fix for tinnitus, and it takes time to relieve the problem. It's best to use it in combination with other remedies to relieve ringing or other noises in the ears from tinnitus.

2. CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10) - Previous clinical trials were conducted to ascertain the effects of CoEnzyme Q10 on patients with tinnitus. In 2007, the journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery reported those findings, noting that CoQ10 may be helpful for certain people for reducing noises in the ears from tinnitus depending on the nature of their condition.

Supplements and Foods - Things to Avoid

Caffeine
Caffeine may reduce the flow of blood to the head, neck and ears constricting capillaries and other small blood vessels. This can, in turn, aggravate your tinnitus symptoms.

Salt

High salt intake can raise blood pressure, causing tinnitus and hypertension. If you are susceptible to the effects of sodium, reducing your salt intake is an important step in helping to lower your blood pressure and possibly reduce the intensity of the ringing in your ears.

Non Food consumables to avoid
1. Smoking
2. Alcohol
Both of these are thought to affect sufferers of Tinnitus, as they have a tendency to affect blood pressure and flow.
3. Aspirin - Aspirin, which is made with salicylic acid, is known to cause ringing in some people's ears

Last, pay attention to what triggers your Tinnitus. Is it food, drink, lack of sleep? Perhaps a certain noise or activity?

Do you have tinnitus? What do you do to help alleviate your suffering? Please share!


References
WikiHow - How to Reduce Tinnitus Naturally
Natural News - The eight best home remedies and holistic treatments to relieve tinnitus and ringing in the ears





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