What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus a sensation of ringing in the ears or the head. Tinnitus is very common and can be quite annoying for people afflicted with it. Sometimes the noise is so disturbing that the person cannot sleep or carry on a normal conversation. Sometimes infections or blockages in the ear can cause this condition and it is a simple matter of treating the cause. However there may be instances when the ringing does not cease once the infection or blockage is removed.

What are the Symptoms of Tinnitus?

A noise in the ears, such as ringing. It may come and go or be continuous. Occasionally there can be hearing loss. With tinnitus, the noise heard can be so soft that the person can hear it only when trying to sleep or so loud that it is audible at all times.

What are the Causes of Tinnitus?

There are many things which can cause tinnitus, such as:

  • Too much wax in the ear.
  • Infections.
  • A hole in the eardrum.
  • A tumour or growth.

Too much exposure to loud noise: this is the most common cause. (You only have to be exposed to a loud concert to experience tinnitus instantly. The noise can last for days afterwards.)

Traditional Medical Treatments for Tinnitus

Speak with your doctor to have the condition examined. There may be an illness that is causing it which needs to be treated. If the tinnitus is still there after all other ailments have been treated, there are a few more things you can do to help the condition. Get your doctor to clean out your ears, there may be excess wax inside them. There are certain medications available which may help. Hearing aid type devices which mask the annoying sound of tinnitus.

Complementary/Alternative Treatments for Tinnitus

Herbal Therapies: Ginkgo has been found useful in minimising the distress of tinnitus. Don’t expect immediate results from ginkgo; you may need to take the remedy for several weeks before experiencing any relief. Homeopathy: Several homeopathic remedies are prescribed for tinnitus. You may be prescribed one of the following:

  • If the noise is a buzzing or hissing sound, Chininum sulphuricum.
  • If the noise is a ringing sound with no other symptoms, Kali iodatum.
  • If the noise is a roaring sound and is accompanied by some hearing loss, Salicylicum acidum.

If roaring sounds are accompanied by a tingling sensation and by the feeling that the ears are blocked, Carboneum sulphuratum.