Tinnitus is the medical term for the characteristic noise or ringing in the ears. It affects every fifth person and it is not regarded as a condition or disorder, but as a symptom of certain conditions, such as ear injury, age-related hearing loss and disease of circulatory system. Tinnitus can be divided into two types: subjective tinnitus and objective tinnitus. Subjective tinnitus is more frequent than objective, and this type of tinnitus only the affected person can hear. Objective tinnitus, on the other hand, can be heard by a doctor with a specific device.
Symptoms and causes of tinnitus
A person with tinnitus may experience annoying hearing of various sounds, such as buzzing, ringing, roaring, as well as clicking, whistling, and hissing. These phantom noises may be very low to very high in pitch and can be heard on one or both ears constantly, or with interruptions. The most common cause of tinnitus is the damage of the hearing nerve, which is placed in the inner nerve. This nerve can be also affected as a result of aging. Furthermore, constant exposure to the loud noise may also lead to the occurrence of tinnitus.
In addition to all these potential causes, certain medical conditions may provoke the appearance of tinnitus, such as neck injury, hypotension, hypertension, allergy, diabetes and head injury. Tinnitus also may be caused by earwax blockage, ear bone changes and Meniere’s disease, as well as by stress, depression, acoustic neuroma and atherosclerosis. Certain medications, such as Aspirin, antibiotics, diuretics, cancer medications and quinine medications, may cause tinnitus if they are used in high doses.
Natural cures for tinnitus
Tinnitus has no specific treatment, and different methods are applied depending on the case. For example, when a loud noise causes tinnitus, the best solution is wearing a mask. If tinnitus is just a symptom of some other medical condition, in such case that condition must be treated first. It is recommended to breathe deeply when tinnitus appears in order to reduce the level of stress.
Many herbalists suggest putting 20 to 40 mg of Maidenhair tree or Ginkgo biloba extract into the eras for five weeks. These extracts are very potent for widening the blood vessels, thus increasing the amount of blood to the ears. Furthermore, it is also recommended to avoid consuming saturated fats, dairy products and sugar, as well as salt and processed foods. Coffee, alcohol, smoking, tea and sweet foods must be avoided also because hypotension may occur and subsequently tinnitus may appear. On the other hand, the diet must be rich in proteins, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E, zinc and choline.