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Posted August 4, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Incessant tinnitus (ear ringing) is a common problem.
There are no prescription medicines for this problem. Some tinnitus sufferers reach a point of exasperation in dealing with this chronic problem.
Use of natural remedies may be explored.
A recent well-designed study showed there may be a small number (11 of 94) of senior adults with tinnitus that may benefit from zinc supplementation (50 mg zinc sulfate orally). Four of five small studies had previously indicated zinc supplementation may be of benefit for tinnitus sufferers. One of those studies showed that nearly half of the supplemented subjects experienced some relief from tinnitus. Zinc appears to work better among subjects who have normal hearing and unremitting tinnitus.
Melatonin supplementation (3 milligrams) may be more promising for tinnitus. Low blood plasma levels of melatonin and vitamin B12 have been found among aged tinnitus sufferers. As for tinnitus sufferers who have difficulty getting to sleep because of incessant ear ringing, melatonin appears to be helpful with sleep. Cancer chemotherapy drugs (cisplatin) may induce tinnitus and melatonin has been identified as an antidote.
Aspirin use is associated with tinnitus and underlying mechanisms of aspirin-induced tinnitus have been identified. High-dose aspirin is actually used to induce tinnitus in animal experiments.
The use of oral antioxidants (vitamins C, E and beta carotene) combined with phospholipids (lecithin) resulted in “great improvement in the reduction of tinnitus.”
Low levels of vitamin B1 and B12 have also been associated with tinnitus.
Excessive intake of caffeine or carbohydrates (refined sugar, rice, pasta, bread) are associated with tinnitus.
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