Tinnitus treatment varies depending of the type and severity of your tinnitus. If you have too much wax in your ears, for example, then simply removing the earwax should stop the sounds. Thus, the secret to choose an effective treatment lies in establishing the correct diagnosis for your condition.
Available Tinnitus treatments:
Prescription medications are being used as possible relief agents for tinnitus. They include antidepressants, anti-convulsants, anti-histamines even anesthetics such as Lidocaine and more. Some of these drugs can help patients to ease the symptoms of their tinnitus. Unfortunately, in most of the cases, the benefits are temporary.
One of the treatments for tinnitus is surgery. Although it can be effective, it comes with serious risks, including permanent deafness. Moreover, sometimes it works temporarily or doesn’t work at all.
• Cochlear implants
These surgically implanted devises are used in patients who have severe hearing loss along with tinnitus. Some of these patients report improvement in the elimination of their tinnitus symptoms.
2. Treatments without the involvement of drugs or surgery
• Hearing aids
If a hearing loss is present along with tinnitus, the use of hearing aids can be very helpful. By making use of the aids the outside sound is louder, and as a result it is easier for you to hear. The better you hear the less you notice the ringing of the tinnitus.
• Tinnitus maskers and sound generators
This kind of treatment is very popular because it provides instant although temporary relief. Tinnitus maskers and sound generators come in multiple forms. For example, they can look like small hearing aids you can wear right at your ear. There are also table top models like a CD player. In any case, the aim is to produce some background sound, be a white-noise sound or any other soft sound, to mask tinnitus. The attention of the brain is drawn towards this background sound in such a way that the ear ringing is still there but can barely be heard because of the background noise.
• Neuromonic treatment
This is a new sophisticated system. This treatment makes use of a small device with headphones. The device creates a sound which is unique to each patient. The sound contains pleasant music. According to this method, your brain learns a new way of interpreting sound. Some patients experience some relief almost immediately, but the whole program takes at least a 6-month period to complete.
3.Other stimulation therapies:
•Electrical nerve stimulation
This treatment involves transmitting a very small charge of electricity to the auditory nerve.
•Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation
This method involves using a small device over the patients head to generate short magnetic pulses.
• Vibration therapy
Here mechanical vibrations are applied to repair damaged nerves in the ear.
(Since the above stimulation therapies are quite new their effectiveness has not been tested yet)
4. Herbal and Vitamins therapies
There are a lot of well-known herbs as well as vitamins and minerals, which can help you to cure tinnitus.
• Herbal remedies
Ginkgo biloba is currently the most popular one. Black Cohosh is also used for tinnitus. Ligustrum herb is said to be effective. Avena sativa, Verbena officinalis and Salicylic ac is used as well.
• Chinese herbs
Some Chinese herbs are considered helpful. For example: Goldenseal, Chinese yams and Chinese foxglove.
• Essential oils
If high blood circulation is the root cause of your tinnitus, some oils that can be used are: rosemary, cypress, lemon and rose.
• Minerals and Vitamins
Here, the list includes: Minerals such as magnesium, potassium and zink. Vitamins such as the B-complex vitamins B1, B6, B12 and vitamins C and A.
A change in your diet may help you to manage tinnitus. Food to avoid, include: caffeine products, high-fat and high sodium foods, sugar, cheese and red wine. Moreover, try to avoid alcohol and tobacco.
5.Other Alternative therapies
There are a lot of alternative therapies that holistic healers and patients employ to manage the symptoms associated with tinnitus. Some of them include:
Hypnotherapy is a popular and promising method in managing tinnitus.
• Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
This method combines sound therapy and counseling. The method, although new is being used with fairly good results.
This therapy works well for many sufferers from tinnitus.
Counseling programs such as Behavioral modeling, Neuro-linguistic Programming and Herbology help the patient change the way he thinks and reacts to tinnitus.
Homeopathy is one more popular and effective alternative tinnitus treatment.
• Hyperbatic oxygen therapy
Here, the patients are put in chambers filled with oxygen.
• Other alternative therapies
The list includes:Reflexology, Biofeedback Massage, Yoga, Body detoxification, Guided imagery and visualization, Ayuverda Meditation and more.
6. A holistic treatment
A holistic treatment makes use of more than one therapy and is customized for each person. Moreover, this process takes into account all the aspects of the human body. For all the above it may be the answer to the permanent treatment of tinnitus.