Natural Remedies to Treat Tinnitus

Last Modified on Dec 18, 2014

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B12   0  0   

Posted by Connie (Slc, Ut) on 09/15/2011

Hi Remmo ; B12 deficiency is associated with the conditions of , vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss. Though nerve damage can be permanent, B12 can at least stop some of its progression by helping to produce myelin to recoat the axons. I had mild hearing loss, mild tinnitus, and severe vertigo. They are now gone. My husband has familial hearing loss and moderate tinnitus. He hasn't worsened, but he hasn't noticed improvement yet after 5 mnths. of B12 supplementation. I recommend a trial of methylcobalamin, an active form of B12, between 1000 mcg. - 5000 mcg. daily, available in sublingual lozenges. My husband takes 2500 mcg. daily, and I now take 5000 mcg. daily. With these high dosages, we find that we need extra potassium in our diets, but that side effect is what I would rather tolerate than the vertigo, nerve damage, etc. Some people have also found that supplementation with zinc, CoQ10, and vitamin E have been helpful, along with a reasonable amount of B-complex.

Replied by Monique
Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Hello All, I have ringing in my ears and it had started after my delivery of my third son whom is now 20 yrs old have not found a cure yet I've seen a Ear, Nose, Throat doctor have had an audio test done I do have loss in my right ear and vertigo I've had two MRI's done which ruled out arthritis in my skull I've seen a TMJ Peridontis he's ruled out tmj. I've lived with this ringing for over 20yrs, now so I'm going to try the B-12 remedy. I stopped taking Apple Cider Vinegar and now drink Kangan water which was recommended but still not working yet. I'm going to get B-12 today will post in a week. Thanks.
Replied by Connie
Slc, Utah, Usa
Hi Monique; I'm glad you've decided to try B12 for tinnitus. Many people with B12 deficiency also have tinnitus, and have been cured of it with high enough dosages, and some months required for healing.

Unfortunately, my husband still has it, but it is no worse. My tinnitus returned recently, it was mild. I was also having other low B12 symptoms, so I increased the dosage. Again, the symptoms stopped.

I also had vertigo again, milder tmj, siatica, and another shingles outbreak before increasing B12.

Some of these symptoms/conditions may take some months to heal. Some people, myself included, require high dosages daily, for life, especially with neurological symptoms. (vertigo is one). I'm now taking 10-15 mgs. Daily of sublingual methylcobalamin. I have an unusually high need, and most people won't need this much, but I feel I should include this for people with neurological symptoms.

I hope it works for you as well, or better!

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Hi Monique, since you don't seem to have found any answers by specialists in western medicine, you might want to consider exploring Traditional Chinese medicine. The body is seen very differently in that modality and treated as a whole rather than in parts which is how western medicine treats the body. For instance, the vertigo and ringing in the ears probably have nothing to do with that area but rather one or some of your organs out of balance. You would be treated most likely with acupuncture and maybe Chinese herbs as well. It's something to consider. I have seen TCM effective for so many issues where western medicine could not address the root of the problem. Hope this helps. Lisa
Replied by Maryfrom Springfieldmo
Springfield, Mo
this is for connie from sic ut

how is your tinnitus doing now? how long after you start taking b-12 did you notice improvement, trying to find some relief.

Blackstrap Molasses   1  0   

Posted by Tammy (St. Louis, MO) on 09/21/2007

[YEA]  Hi. I have been diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer (spread to the bones). I have become anemic. Dr. said to take in more iron. I bought blackstrap molasses unsulphured. Took a tablespoon Tuesday evening, a tablespoon Wednesday morning. Noticed Wednesday afternoon I "had energy" & then realized that after a 4 block walk at a fast pace did not leave me winded and fatigue my legs (the Saturday before I became winded and fatigued after only 1 block). Went home from work, took another tablespoon, did heavy gardening until 10:00 that night. Was still feeling energized! Took the same amount of blackstrap Thurday and Friday (today). Here is the amazing part: when I am anemic, I get tinnitus - sound in my ears. It is a pulsating sound like I can hear my blood pulsating through my veins. The more anemic I am, the louder the tinnitus. I've been through this before. Took blood transfusions and the tinnitus went away. My last treatment regimen for the cancer worked (for awhile) and as I got better from the medication, my blood got better, and the tinnitus gradually went away. Now, since taking the blackstrap (starting three days ago), each night I notice the tinnitus is lessened. Last night it was BARELY audible and was not constant. I expect tonight it will not be there at all. (Night time is when I notice it when all is very quiet). I would bet were I to have my blood tested today, my red blood cell and platelet counts would be either normal or just about normal. OK, I am truly amazed. Is it the blackstrap? Ok, next thing to try: hydrogen peroxide. Then apple cider vinegar! God bless you all for sharing!

Replied by Litsa
Fairbanks, Alaska
I just want you to know for people who suffer for anemia I use chlorophyl-1 tsp full in the morning mixing with water and drink it everyday you will see fast results. I hope this help

Breast Milk   1  0   

Posted by Connie (Lowellville, Ohio)

[YEA]  My grandfather had tinnitus for many years, he was told to put drops of fresh mothers milk (breast milk) into the ringing ears for several days... it worked within a week and never recurred.

Replied by Stephen
Bronx, Ny, USA
That's amazing if that really worked!
Replied by Sweetorange
Larnaca, Cyprus, Cyprus
One possible reason why breast milk works against tinnitus is that it is a rich source of lauric acid, a fatty acid which is an immune system booster. Coconut oil is also rich in lauric acid and can be placed in the ear to soften wax and heal earaches. I don't know whether it is effective for treating tinnitus, though.

Cell Phone Volume Caused Ringing in the Ears   1  0   

Posted by 7/26/2007 (Los Angeles)

[YEA]  I bought a cell phone recently and adjusted the volume on both the earpiece and phone to high. Within a day I started to get intense ringing in my ears, mostly in my left ear, which is the one I hold the phone up to when I can't find my earpiece. I decided after a few days of the high pitched eeeeeeee that the only thing that was different in my life was the new cell phone. I turned down the volume and the ringing stopped. What a no brainer! Heh heh.

Chelated Magnesium   1  0   

Posted by Kelly (Charlotte, Nc) on 08/23/2007

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I wrote in a few weeks ago about my whirring right ear. I can only lay on one side without hearing it. I think my back or neck may need to be adjusted. This is my 3rd day taking the magnesium and it may be working. I've tried the peroxide and my ear is very tender on the inside. Do you have any other suggestions? I really don't want to go have a doctor dig in it if there's something i can do. I found a link from your site (i think) about chinese herbs for tinnitus and ear problems. do you recommend this? Please let me know asap. Thanks for the site!!

Replied by Pam
Millstone, Nre Jersey
check to see if you clench your teeth at night. I had the same thing with my left ear. Alot of pressure like an inside earache. The doctor said it could be the jaw bone pushing up on the ear canal. Suggested I go to dentist and get plastic teeth guards to prevent me from clenching and grinding teeth at night. Also wants me to get an MRI. Going to wait and see first and do alot of praying that it goes away first. The doctor put me on steroids for a week for the imflamation, even though anti inflamitory drugs can make it worse, same as alcohol, salt and caffeine. Still have the ringing but noticed the pressure is lightening up. Hopefully the ringing will reduce but for now it's still there- not as bad as 5 days ago when it first started. I am going to try the Apple Cider Vinegar tonight! I feel for everyone here. I know what you're going through!

Posted by Tom (Melbourne, Australia) on 05/15/2007

[YEA]  I trawled the net in search of a remedy for my sudden onset tinnitus (noise induced trauma). Reading between the lines of some medical sites I noticed that trials were being undertaken to test the efficacy of chelated magnesium and the role of beta and anti histamines to alleviate the symptoms.

Figuring I had nothing to lose, I bought some chelated magnesium and started taking the maximum recommended dose. I also took some Polarimine (old style anti-histamine which can cause drowsiness...)according to the recommended dose. Within 2 days my tinnitus symptoms improved remarkably during quiet periods. It is still loud in areas of high background noise but even that seems to be reducing somewhat. My hearing also seems to be returning to reasonable normalcy after the initial trauma. I hope this anecdote helps others.

Replied by Sen
San Jose, CA
Hi, Tom. Could you kindly let me know if the chelated magnesium worked? I have been having noise induced tinnitus for over 6 years now. Thanks.

Chug Water   2  0   

Posted by Jen (Alexandria, Va) on 02/20/2011

[YEA]  I've had ringing in my ears for about 4 or 5 days. This my first experience with Tinnitus other than hearing feedback from concerts every now and again. I just leaned my head back and drank a 16 ounce bottle of water. I could hear the ringing reduce as I drank. When I finished, the ringing was almost gone.

I discovered this as a fluke by following up on suggestions from other EC posts. One said to put your head on your chest, another said the ringing may come from allergies. My allergic reactions are reduced when I drink water so as I chugged a bottle, the sound faded. I guess leaning your head back works as well as leaning it forward.

Off to drink some ACV as a back-up! Thanks for the great remedies!!!

Replied by Vj
Bc, Canada
[YEA]   RE: Tilting your head back. Well that's interesting. I didn't drink any water while tilting my head back, but the tilting my head back worked immediately! It did not work if I tilted my head forward and into my chest, in fact it made it worse. Must be a neck issue with me.

Colloidal Silver   0  0   

Posted by Patti (Toledo, Ohio/usa) on 11/21/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I used Similisan Homeopathic drops for ear wax removal in the morning. In the evening, before bed, with a rubber ear syringe, I gently squirted Colloidal silver in one ear, laid on the other side for 5 minutes, then absorbed the colloidal silver with a clean wash cloth as it drained out when I sat up. Then did the same to the other ear. The next morning, I used the same treatment with just the colloidal silver but leaving it in each ear for approximately 30 minutes per ear. This has reduced the loud ringing/tinnitus approximately 90%.

Replied by Lynn
O'fallon, Illinois
Could you update us on the effectiveness of colloidal silver? Has the improvement continued? Thank you.

Desaltify   1  0   

Posted by Indira (Netherlands) on 09/20/2013

[YEA]  i had titinus for first time in my life, and went online to look for help. Found a comment under a youtube vid. Where someone said her mother healed it by desaltifying. She stoped eating any salt, drank a lot of water and jogged. To me this sounded exactly to what I had, since I was on sodium bicarb for some time and was expecting to get some salt issues. So I stopped for one week. Every day the intensity was less but I wasn't sure if I was just immagining that or if it was for real. Well after 1week of no salt and lot of fluid. (incl. Beer) it was gone. And few days later I started eating salt again, but had no tinitus any more. So I dont know if this is just a coincidence, or my titinus cleared by itself, so more people would need to test this. I understood(but am not so sure if this is correct) that you hear your brain and not your ear. In this case too much salt would make some logics b/c salty wather lead electricity much better than sweet water. Any way I had to find some logic here for myself, again I really dont know nothing about ear's as well as eletricity. But I know so far 2 people where helped with this. The mother from youtube account and me. I hoop to see more people will be helped by stop eating salt for at least a week.

Dietary Changed, Acupuncture   1  0   

Posted by Stephen (Bronx, Ny) on 12/14/2009

[YEA]  Hey guys I "HAD" severe tinnitus in both my ears. I suffered a hole in my ear drum when I was 12 .Then I played hard rock in a band from 17 to 23. I changed my diet (mainly staying away from alcohol sugar and salt)Stopped playing in my band and started going to accupunture and my tinnitus has gone from a rating of a 9 out of 10 to about a 2. I am so thankful this helped for me. And im sure if I start using a supplement or Appler Cider Vinegar it will completely go away. I hope my testimonial could help someone else with a similar situation.

DMSO   0  0   

Posted by Luis (Cali, Colombia) on 05/22/2009

Tinnitus and DMSO:

DMSO used together with vasoactive drugs was administered by injection, and DMSO in combination with anti-inflamatory preparations was applied externally.

The treatment consisted of one daily intramuscular injection of Ipran (a Chilean drug), a preparation based on DMSO in combination with buphenine and aminoacids. The investigator was in this Chilean study was Dr.Aristides Zuniga. In addition to the injections, the external ear canal of the particular ear hearing the irritating sound was treated with 2 ml. of a medicinal spray containing DMSO and anti-inflammatory drugs described as Plus-Par (a Chilean Drug. The spray applications were made every four days during the entire period of treatment. In nine of the fifteen patients, the subjective discomfort and head noise disappeared completely after one month of treatment. In two others the noise diminished considerably in intensity but did not totally disappear. Four patients retained tinnitus but described it as changed and sporadic, especially when they were exposed to the cold in the morning. Patients who had complained of nausea and positional dizzinesss from the condition before treatment didn't have these sensations after it. They also lost their persistent insomnia, as well as headache, neurotic anguish,and ear pain.

Replied by Alberto
Maracaibo, Venezuela
For Luis, could you please give me some more detail of your treatment. I have been a tinnitus sufferer for 2 years now. Thank you, alberto villasmil raven.
Replied by Theeseer
Medellin, Colombia
I use a spray of 100% DMSO into the ear followed by a 1% cortisone cream swab. I take magnesium, B vitamins, Bioflavonoids, curcumin and a combination vitamin from "tru nature vitamins" which has gingko biloba and vinpocetine. The most important addtion is also pregenolone a steroid precursor that not only is the material form which other hormones are made but is well known to help heal the brain and has been tested in the past to improve brain function and reduce inflammation. 50-150 mgs per day available over the counter in the USA. My tinnitus was caused by a serious flu virus complicated by a swim and a sauna which allowed the flu to invade the ear ducts. The tinnitus that resulted was severe. Now five weeks later one ear is silent and the other is 75% improved. I hope this helps someone.
Replied by Sal
Redondo Beach, California, Usa
Luis, How can I obtain the Ipran and Plus-Par in the United States? Do you know the ingredients of the Ipram besides the Lexipro? what are the specific amino acids mixed with it? Thank you, Sal.

Epsom Salts   1  0   

Posted by Connie (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA) on 08/15/2009

[YEA]  Drinking Epsom salt makes my tinnitus go away.

Essiac Tea   1  0   

Posted by B.A. (Internet, Earth) on 07/29/2012

[YEA]  Essiac Tea for Tinnitus

Two years ago I developed what first appeared to be a wart on my nose. It grew bigger and uglier over then next month. A dermatologist diagnosed it as first stage cancer. She wanted to cut a piece of my nose off. I decided to look into other possibilities.

I took essiac and after several weeks (just as I was beginning to think it didn't work) the "wart" started to appear dry and crusty. Two days later it simply fell off, no scar, no reoccurrence... Nothing. I also found that the brain tumor surgery-related tinnitus (ringing in the ear) that I'd had for over a dozen years had also disappeared. That seemed to back up many of the anecdotal reports I'd read and heard. So I started my mother on it.

Her doctor had told her that her age-related tinnitus was untreatable and that she'd soon go deaf. Several days after drinking essiac tea she called to let me know her tinnitus had completely disappeared, it hasn't returned since (a year later).

I'm NOT selling this stuff, and I don't think anything is a magic bullet for everyone, but just about any protocol for cancer I've read that embraces "alternative" solutions usually includes essiac tea (unless it's contraindicated with specific treatments like Cantron/Cancell).

There's an excellent book on essiac called The Essiac Report by Richard Thomas (published by the Alternative Treatment Network, Los Angeles, CA (1993). It backs up what I'd read in other sources that JFK's physician had publicly announced that essiac cured his colon cancer in the early 60s

Replied by Mary
Springfield, Mo
I was wondering how much tea to drink for tinnitus?

Flax and Psyllium Very Promising Remedy   1  0   

Posted by Seetal (Brampton, Ontario)

[YEA]  i started taking ground flaxseed and psyllium husks 1-1 tsp mix together and mix in warm milk drink it quickly b/4 go to bed at night glucosmine capsule 2 a day 1 in the morning 1 at night. i noticed my ears are not noisy any more. I had this problem for 10-12 years

Replied by Burcu
Ankara, Turkey
question about the type of tinnitus of Ontario. was Ontario's tinnitus noiseborne and did he have loss of hearing before healing?

Garlic   1  0   

Posted by Molly (Madison, USA) on 04/08/2008

[YEA]  I had severe tinnitus for almost a decade. 24/7, there was a constant high frequency screech in my ears. Initially, I'd thought that I had become sensitive to noise, that I was hearing some type of generator or air conditioner in the far distance.

Anyway, I searched the Net in the 90s for a tinnitus cure, but nothing I tried had any impact.

I did become very interested in herbs, though, and in one book containing a chapter about garlic, the author mentioned that to get rid of an earache, simple get a bottle of cheap garlic oil pearls at the drug store, and at bedtime, pierce one of the pearls with a STERILE pin, and then squeeze the contents in the ear.

Months later, when it felt like I was on the verge of an earache, I decided to see if I could avoid one by using one garlic oil capsule.

The following morning, the longterm severe tinnitus was absent from that ear, and even greatly reduced in the other ear --- which that night I treated with ONE garlic oil pearl.

That was it - severe, persistent, LOUD screeching tinnutus of a decade's length was gone - and it has never once returned ever since.

Also, each morning, I'd notice that the ear treated with the garlic oil had drained out onto the pillow case overnight, and the discharge was totally deep dark black.

Obviously, I'd had an infection in my ears, but there was never any sensation of an earache or physical discomfort typical of an infection, simply the loud high frequency screech.

Replied by Dee
Central Texas, Tx
Perhaps the garlic soaked into the jaw area and killed microbes. Many people have undetected infections in their teeth/jaws. A biologic dentist told me of a patient who was suddenly freed from long term tinnitus as he cleaned out a back molar.
Replied by Elyza
Stevens Point, Wi
Molly, do use the garlic oil every night, now, or just when you feel an ear infection coming on?
Replied by David T
Greenville, Sc
There are different types of tinnitis and the causation will differ also. The garlic solution worked because that tinnitis problem was probably virally induced and garlic is an anti-viral. But notice the residue came out also. That means a wax buildup is there so anyone with ear problems first make sure the ear canal is cleaned... But main issue of tinnitis for many people could be an infection. Infection could cause tinnitis or equilibrium problems. If one has on-going tinnitis at least try colloidal silver gently shot up both ear with an ear syringe. Again, make sure the canal is clear of wax. The reason some people get water "stuck" in the ear canal is usually because of wax buildup issues.

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