If you landed here I would imagine that you are looking for some natural cures for tinnitus that work. Am I right?
Well, you arrived at the right place because I personally suffered from tinnitus for years.
After looking into every possible treatments ranging from getting my blood pressure under control, to acupuncture, all the way to the possibility of having a surgery done (which was the last thing I wanted to do). Nothing worked, and I definitely didn’t want, and also my audiologist was not very kin in going that route.
So, here I was, left with my tinnitus. Then, I decided to take care of my condition myself which led me to do a lot of research. Thanks the Mr Google I was able to learn a lot and compare possible treatments. That’s how I came across this amazing natural cure for tinnitus.
But first things first …
What Causes Tinnitus?
Allopathic medicine is a bit lost in guesswork … because with the exception of sound or accidental trauma, it does not know the causes.
So in the end, you are only told that … you will eventually get used to it. And finally you are never treated. However, there are treatment routes that work, which I discovered and are totally safe.
So, one day, just like that, for no apparent reason, you suddenly start to hear in your ears a hiss, a buzzing, a metallic ringing, clicking. Like a pressure cooker, a swarm of bees, a lawn mower or an old diesel engine … Living in the south of France, I was comparing that noise to cicadas in summer; except that I had them also in winter.
You hope that it will pass, over time, and sometimes, indeed, the noise disappears … but not always … and here is when the nightmare begins.
Those who suffer from tinnitus (and it is indeed a suffering comparable to pain) know what I am talking about. Indeed, the very difficult and uncertain paths they have to follow in an attempt to find relief.
They Will Tell You That Tinnitus “It’s Circulatory”
During your first consultation with your general practitioner, he or she will first tell you that there is a good chance that your tinnitus is of circulatory origin.
They is very often right, except that they don’t know where this vascular problem comes from. Therefore they do not treat the harm to its cause. So they will most likely prescribe some medication to prevent angina; also used as a symptomatic treatment for dizziness and tinnitus.
Or they might prescribe some vasodilator which are, according to Drugs.com …
Vasodilators are medicines that dilate (widen) blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more easily through. Some act directly on the smooth muscle cells lining the blood vessels.From Drugs.com – https://www.drugs.com/drug-class/vasodilators.html
While doing so, they will still send you to various specialists and to do more MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) just to be on the safe side. In fact, in most cases, nothing will be detected.
Then Back to Your GP
Your tinnitus has not disappeared and its becoming really annoying to say the least. Your doctor to try to be helpful, will therefore remove what he has previously prescribed; which obviously has done nothing and will put you on anxiolytics or even on antidepressants.
If he or she is a little open to alternative medicine, he may recommend some acupuncture sessions or suggest that you go and see an osteopath.
And if your GP is a veteran of medicine and your tinnitus is moderate, he might simply tell you: “Over time you will forget about it. Try it. Do like me, we do it very well!“. Nice!
As confirmed by a survey I have read sometime back, I don’t exactly remember where but I took note of it, tinnitus sufferers are those that are left out by conventional medicine:
- Some 80% of patients declare themselves dissatisfied with their first consultation for tinnitus.
- Nearly 9 out of 10 people consult again after an initial consultation.
- After an initial consultation with an ENT specialist, some 92% will consult another ENT specialist. A third of tinnitus sufferers even say that they have consulted an ENT specialist more than ten times.
- In vain, about half of these patients then consult in all directions: acupuncturists, general practitioners, osteopaths, homeopaths, or do like I did, take the matter into their own hands and learn more about tinnitus, and what is on offer.
This investigation sheds light on what is going on:
Most of the time, patients end up relying on complementary therapies. And they are right because only the most advanced therapists in this field know how to identify the causes of tinnitus and treat it!
Three more or less known causes of tinnitus …
First, be aware that these can indeed be causes that are easy to identify.
I’m not talking about tinnitus of traumatic origin (30 to 40% of cases, especially in musicians or young people who abuse mp3 players) that tear the inner ear or disrupt the auditory cortex and cause hearing loss.
Apart from these specific cases, the hidden causes of many tinnitus are threefold:
1 – Psychological shock and stress: in this case, rather than rushing on psychotropic drugs, talk to an acupuncturist and / or a specialist in behavioral and cognitive therapies.
2 – Taking ototoxic drugs: it causes irreversible tinnitus and hearing loss in the long run.
Ototoxicity is the property of being toxic to the ear (oto-), specifically the cochlea or auditory nerve and sometimes the vestibular system, for example, as a side effect of a drug. The effects of ototoxicity can be reversible and temporary, or irreversible and permanent.Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ototoxicity
The main ototoxic drugs are:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs: aspirin, Aspro, Aspégic, Kardégic, Soulupsan, Catalgine, Ibuprofen and Naproxen being most often responsible.
- Cancer treatments: this is particularly the case for Cisplatin and its derivatives, but also for drugs such as Bleomycin, Vinblastine or Methotrexate.
- Diuretics: Furosemide in particular.
- Antibiotics: these are both aminoglycosides (with special mention for neomycin and streptomycin) as well as macrolides.
- Antimalarials: quinine, Nivaquine, Savarine.
- Some antidepressants: Surmontil, Anafranil, Miansérine, Athymil, Prozac
- And also some anti-hypertensive, anti-arrhythmic, anti-convulsant, anti-ulcer, but also hormones and oral contraception (definitely!).
3 – Some illnesses also manifest as tinnitus:
- First, of course, Meniere’s syndrome, which generally causes severe tinnitus.
- Cardiovascular diseases that cause so-called “pulsatile” tinnitus (rhythmic noise, beating).
- Cancerous tumors can also manifest as tinnitus.
- Other possibilities: thyroid disease, high blood pressure and cervical osteoarthritis.
The real causes of tinnitus … without causes
I have just told you about more or less known causes of doctors. And if we want to go further, we must resolutely turn to complementary medicines which tell us that tinnitus “without known causes” is the emission of signals by the organism from three causes (I did say three only) which are located:
- In the osteo-articular structure of the organism.
- In the mouth.
- Or in different organs such as the liver and kidneys.
If tinnitus occurs in your ears for no apparent reason, you should imperatively consult three types of therapists, in the following order:
First visit: the osteopath, the key person:
You should be aware that among the 80% of tinnitus that you know are circulatory or due to stress, a very large number come from a problem of osteoarticular origin.
The first thing to do after seeing your general practitioner is therefore to take a cervical X-ray and go see, with pictures in hand, a specialized or well-experienced osteopath. His investigation should focus mainly on the cervical.
- The “Martindale” of tinnitus?
The laws of R.E. Martindale are still in very little use because they are often ignored by osteopaths despite their great effectiveness on the consistency of the spine.
This is one of the most relevant theories for tinnitus. Martindale identified this key group consisting of C1, C2 and C3, vertebrae which, when they are in “anterior flow”, cause blockage of the first cervical vertebra and prevent not only the correct vascularization of the skull but also neuro stability – vegetative of the intestine.
- An osteopathic champion enlightens us …
Dominique Pianel, practitioner and director of the Atman school in Sophia Antipolis in France, is one of the best osteopaths I have heard of. Because he is also a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
He believes that a good practitioner can significantly improve the results of conventional medicine. “I get results ranging from 45 to 60% maximum on tinnitus,” he reported. “But the sooner the problem is taken care of, the better the results.”
That said, this brilliant osteopath points to another area of the body: the mouth. We estimate that 40% of tinnitus cases originate in the mouth.
Second visit: the holistic dentist, the providential man:
Occlusion in the mouth and infectious diseases in the mouth are often the cause of tinnitus because the balance of the ear is related to our chewing, therefore our temporomandibular joint (TMJ). What is TMJ? …
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is a pain in the jaw joint that can be caused by a variety of medical problems. … The TMJ is comprised of muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and bones. You have two TMJs, one on each side of your jaw. Muscles involved in chewing (mastication) also open and close the mouth.As explained by eMedicineHealth: https://www.emedicinehealth.com/temporomandibular_joint_tmj_syndrome/article_em.htm
When you suffer from tinnitus, your teeth usually don’t hurt. It’s normal because the tooth that causes this is never painful. The same goes for an ATM (Ataxia Telangiectasia Mutated) imbalance. Which means that you never think of consulting for an osteo-articular or dental problem.
A holistic dentist enlightens us …
The eminent Dr Alex Aknin who practices in Dijon (France) affirms that 40% of tinnitus cases can be of occlusal origin.
Don’t worry, its explanation is very simple: “In case of dental malocclusion, we bite badly, the jaw deviates, the condyle (elliptical articular surface) of the ATM is no longer in its place and therefore there is stretching a ligament that disrupts the inner ear at the level of the eardrum“.
It is therefore vital to have your occlusion checked. Not by an ordinary dentist, but by a specialist who (it still takes several sessions) will put your ATM back in place, possibly remake the amalgams, crowns, bridges, etc. in question. It can also come from a tooth that has been removed and has not been replaced.
Electric batteries in the mouth
Another cause not to overlook is the presence of too strong a galvanic current in the mouth, due to the presence of metals (amalgams, crowns, etc.). That, dental technicians know well but they won’t say a word!
So you have to have this electric current in the mouth tested by a dentist who will do it very simply using a small device.
Third visit: the traditional Chinese doctor, the medical man …
From the point of view of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), tinnitus can be due either to the energy of the kidney, or to the blood of the liver, or still to the humidity of the spleen. And according to these three main axes, the therapist in traditional Chinese medicine will “hear a different sound”.
- The most common void in the kidney chi (energy) is a collapse that causes a sharp noise in the ear.
- The humidity of the spleen causes a thump and the emptiness of the chi from the liver blood causes a jerky noise.
- When you have what we call an increase in the chi of the liver, opposite to the void, you can have what is more akin to the sensation of wheezing with beating.
Depending on your profile, a good TCM therapist will be able to offer you an individual remedy adapted to your situation.
Otherwise a very successful all-natural homeopathic product can be tried, which is easily available online at: Market Health – Tinnitus Control.
New approaches to cure tinnitus …
Other more surprising responses to tinnitus also exist, like the approach in terms of proteodies by Dr Jacques Aime or the Tinnitometry by Pierre Grignard.
Also note that for people already fitted due to their hearing loss, new available technological responses exist (for example the Sivantos lateral inhibition therapy).
There are also applications that have been created to help tinnitus sufferers. I have tried a couple of them, but there are two problems that I find with that …
- First, it is quite difficult to identify the exactly frequency of your tinnitus, get it wrong and you can do more damage.
- And secondly, it is recommended that you listen to your custom recorded white noise at least for an hour a day. Not everyone has that kind of luxury.
More recently …
A smartphone application called “tuning fork” was launched and was presented at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vega in January 2018. It was tested by researchers at the University of Michigan on a small group of people with tinnitus.
After 20 minutes a day for 25 days, all 20 people reported significant improvement: some said the sounds they heard were 12 decibels softer, others said the sounds were less disturbing, and two reported that their tinnitus was gone.
This technology works by playing sounds in the ear that correspond to the frequency and volume of the hissing and tinnitus noise.
A second application that was tested at Wright University in Ohio, is neurofeedback. This technique is already under development in various countries and in use on other health problems, causes the brain to focus on different sounds and sensations.
By “re-educating the brain” in this way, the tinnitus sounds “could” be reduced or even reversed, according to the researchers who tested their theory on a group of 18 healthy people whom they exposed to “white noise” while monitoring their brain by MRI.
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