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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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I am in a call centre for about 5 years and have tinnitus in my head which started about a year ago. You can't define it to the left or right ear. It is just in your head.
I had a 7 mth break and just went back to the call centre last Monday 16/6/2014. I was doing off phone work and only went back on phones on Friday 20/6/2014. I put in soft ear plugs and did not have the ear phone directly over the ear opening. At the end of the day my ear drum was sensitive, hot and uncomfortable. That night my tinnitus was very severe. Louder than normal. I took a sleeping tablet. I do have blood pressure and take 5 mg of cloversil. It is a stressful job. Please note the off phone work not trigger tinnitus.
I am not sure what to do. Resign from my job is an option I could do.
Anonymous
Anonymous 23 Jun 2014
Hi Thomas, We are very sorry to hear that you are experiencing such serious tinnitus. If you would like to discuss this further please contact Blackmores Naturopathic Advisory Service on 1800 803 760 to talk to one of the Blackmores Naturopaths. Kindest, Blackmores
Blackmores
Blackmores 28 May 2014
I suffer from a VERY SEVERE FORM OF TINNITUS.
Anonymous
Anonymous 28 May 2014
Dear Francois, thanks for your enquiry. Blackmores have a product which has been shown to help with tinnitus called Tebonin. Tebonin is a standardized, concentrated Ginkgo biloba extract and has been positively trialled in those suffering from tinnitus. The B vitamin group can also help - these are usually taken as a complex as they all work synergistically. The B vitamins help to support the nervous system responses to stress, which in turn may modify the (stressful) experience of tinnitus. I hope this helps Francois and I wish you all the best of health!
I would like to know what are the best vitamins to take for tinnitus.

Thank you

Francois
Anonymous
Anonymous 06 Mar 2014
Hi Elly, thank you for your posts. I am very sorry to hear that you have tinnitus. There are many recommendations for treating tinnitus (as you can see from the articles below and above, various therapies have been recommended) however, in the meantime you could try a vitamin B complex and a ginkgo product, provided you are not on any blood thinning medication. You could also look at the possibility of any food allergies/intolerances exacerbating your tinnitis. A diet and symptom diary may need to be kept for a few weeks to obtain some ideas as to possible foods that may aggravate your symptoms. For example, aspartame an artificial sweetener may have an effect on tinnitus.
A low fat, high fibre diet focusing on whole, unprocessed foods, incorporating fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains and cereals, legumes, nuts and seeds is the best for optimum health.
In addition, small meals eaten more frequently may also help maintain stable blood sugar levels. Try to have a low salt diet, as this is also thought to help reduce the symptoms of tinnitus.
Another suggestion would be to seek a consultation with a local naturopath for the most appropriate and individualised treatment. You can search for a naturopath in your local area on the following websites:
www.atms.com.au
www.nhaa.org.au
www.ntpages.com.au

All the best Kellie (Blackmores Naturopath)
I have had all tests done to find out were my tinnitus is coming from,mri as wel, what natural therapies are available.
thank you
Anonymous
Anonymous 28 Oct 2013
Hi Mohammed. Thanks for your post. It’s a good idea to see your Doctor and see if it’s an infection or the start of Tinnitis. Fish oils and ginkgo have been used with tinnitus patients. Please give the naturopaths a call on 1800 803 760 from Australia or via email on advice@blackmores.com.au so we can discuss some therapy options for you. All the best , Gina (Blackmores naturopath)