However, there are many alternative non- medical remedies for tinnitus, developed to help those afflicted reduce the levels of noise.
And, possibly more important, learn to live with a certain level of tinnitus that will let the sufferer have restful sleep, and be able to participate in the activities that makes healthy living fun.
The remedies for tinnitus may fall into several broad categories, including physical therapies (i.
Drugs or herbal remedies, chiropractic care and the like) and mental or more spiritual-related treatments to alleviate the annoyance of tinnitus.
This article will cover 5 of the many physically - related treatments for tinnitus.
Of course, please don't assume that these 5 suggested remedies for tinnitus are the most effective, or the most popular alternative treatments available.
There are literally thousands of potentially effective non-medical treatments for the whistling, whooshing and roaring noises associated with tinnitus.
- Avoid exposure to loud noises.
Studies have shown (and I can personally verify this with my own version of tinnitus) that even after the ear damage that can cause tinnitus occurs, avoiding additional loud noises can frequently help the reduce the level of tinnitus noises.
You may think "what the heck, I've already got tinnitus from listening to loud music - might as well continue to do so," but, that could cause a worsening of the condition.
- Have a source of "white noise" in the background.
We're all familiar with the noise-canceling headphones, but how do they work (and how can they help my tinnitus)? Noise-canceling technology essentially combats irritating noises with a machine-generated noise identical to that of the problem noise - thus canceling both noises.
Since much of tinnitus consists of sounds related to white noise, many sufferers have reported relief with white noise generators.
- Use earplugs when swimming.
Sometimes, water and the chlorine from a public swimming pool can irritate the ear, causing or intensifying tinnitus.
Again, I know this to be true from personal experience.
While I do not wear ear plugs, I do realize that my tinnitus will get worse after swimming.
- Take your allergy medicine.
Allergies, sometimes called hayfever, can produce excessive mucous and swelling that can interfere with the proper operation of the ears.
Sometimes, drainage is reduced and pressure builds up inside the ear.
This can definitely result in increased levels of tinnitus noise.
- Avoid excessive intake of caffeine.
There's nothing I like more on a cold winter's morning than a hot cup of coffee, but I know that the caffeine from that delicious cup of java could make my tinnitus worse.
The mechanism behind this includes the excessive stimulation of the sound-receptor follicles in the ear, resulting in a hyper-stimulation of the hearing system, adding to the tinnitus noises.
While I've never noticed an increase in tinnitus noise after drinking coffee, the experts claim that it is a possibility.
I surely can't argue the theory, although I've never given up coffee long enough to qualify as an experiment.
Hopefully, one of these treatments may help your tinnitus, or at least put you on the path for some resolve from the noises associated with tinnitus.