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Tinnitus

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Tinnitus is the sensation of ringing in the ears or the head and can be so disturbing that sufferers can have disruptive sleep or be unable to carry on a normal conversation.

Symptoms

Described as buzzing, ringing, roaring, whistling, or hissing, tinnitus is a noise in the ears that may come and go or be continuous. It may be so quiet that the person can only hear it when trying to sleep, or so loud that it is audible all the time.

Tinnitus can also lead to occasional hearing loss.

Causes

Tinnitus is most commonly associated with over-exposure to loud noise. All it can take is attendance at one loud concert to experience tinnitus instantly and the noise may continue for several days. Many other factors can also cause tinnitus, including:
  • An excessive amount of wax in the ear
  • An ear infection
  • A perforated eardrum
  • Certain medication
  • High blood pressure
  • Allergies
  • Anaemia
  • An interruption of the cerebral blood flow (i.e. the blood flow to the head area)

Diet and lifestyle

These diet and lifestyle suggestions may help minimise tinnitus:

  • Doing regular exercise, such as cardio activities including running and yoga that increases blood circulation to the head may help relieve you of the symptoms of tinnitus
  • Improving blood circulation to your ears is important and reducing the saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet can help.  Eating a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables and make sure you drink 6-8 glasses of filtered water a day
  • If you're experiencing trouble sleeping, buy a white noise CD or try one of the many Tinnitus-related phone “apps” that feature sound libraries that will help mask the unwanted noise in your ears. Hypnosis has also been found to help some sufferers
  • Avoiding loud noises is the most important remedy. If you are exposed to industrial noise pollution, or attending a loud concert, always wear ear plugs
  • Avoiding alcohol, smoking, caffeine and reducing the salt in your diet can help improve cerebral blood flow

Important notes

Tinnitus can sometimes be related to an underlying health condition and should always be discussed with your doctor or healthcare professional. It is also important to seek medical advice if you are suffering from symptoms of infection, pain, dizziness or pus in the ear.

If symptoms of tinnitus persist see your healthcare professional.

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Tinnitus sounds annoying and rather unpleasant. It is extremely common, affecting one in five people. While tinnitus can be irritating, contracting it is not a sign of anything serious, most of the time. Read more about it here: http://www.hearlink.com.au/industry-news/tinnitus/.
Mary
Mary 23 Jan 2016
At last I feel I have a winner. The roaring in my ears is at times especially as I have had triple screams in my ears very exsaparating. So at times now it is only one continous high pitch scream that comes & goes. thank you for this help as woll follow the message. Regards, Brian F. Australia.
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Anonymous 18 Aug 2015
Hi Ramesh, I’m sorry to hear of your Tinnitus. It can certainly have a huge impact on stress levels and wellbeing. Tinnitus is sometimes related to an underlying health condition, and should always be discussed with your healthcare professional. There are natural remedies which may be of benefit for tinnitus, especially over a longer period of time. One of these is the herb Ginkgo biloba. It would be best to visit a doctor or healthcare professional in person so that they can determine the best course of action for you. Please feel free to call the Blackmores Advisory service on 1800 803 760 to discuss your case with one of our naturopaths. All the best, Leanne (a Blackmores naturopath)
Leanne
Leanne 26 Sep 2014
I want to know if Blackmores will work for my Tinnitus because I want to stop the Noise in my head or ears I just want some SILENCE
Anonymous
Anonymous 26 Sep 2014
I have ringing in the ear lately ,constantly
Anonymous
Anonymous 07 Aug 2014
Hi Nell, so sorry that you are having these sensations in your ear. I am not familiar with this particular sensation, however if you do have had tinnitus diagnosed, I would suggest taking the suggestions above – ginkgo biloba, magnesium and a B group vitamin. All the best. Jennifer (Blackmores naturopath)
Jennifer
Jennifer 18 Jul 2014
myself have had this problem for 5 yrs now I exercise 5 times a week and eat healthy it feels like insects in my ear and its driving me crazy any solutions please thanku
Anonymous
Anonymous 18 Jul 2014
For those suffering from tinnitus, I highly recommend using Blackmores Ginkgo Brahmi. Very useful product.
Anonymous
Anonymous 07 Jul 2014