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Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic   0  0   

Posted by Colleen (Greenwich, Ny, Us) on 03/27/2013

I recently got a severe ear infection which came on suddenly and within an hour of its onset I aquired a clogged feeling in my left ear and then tinnitus. I cleared up the ear infection within 5 days but over a week later I still have mild tinnitus and now outside noise and my own voice is amplified in it. I was wondering if anybody has suggestions or has anybody experienced this before. I still take ACV everyday but I stopped putting garlic in my ear. Maybe I should start that back up again. Thank you ahead of time for any help you can give me. Colleen

Posted by Colleen (Greenwich, Ny, Us) on 03/17/2013

Severe tinnitus immediately following an ear infection: Not even 6 hours ago I could feel an ear infection starting in my left it. It progressively got worse until it quickly grew into horrible dizziness and then ringing in my left ear. Right now i'm sitting here in the middle of the night with this loud ringing which is not allowing my to sleep. I've downed ACV and have had clove of garlic in my ear for the last 4 hours. The pain from the ear infection is nearly gone. I know I still have it when I yawn b/c I can still feel pain. I'm praying that when the inflammation goes down and the infection goes away the tinnitus will go away also. I'm hoping I can get any other ideas I'm not already trying. Has anybody else ever experienced this? I'm just amazed at how quickly this came on! I have a client who has SEVERE tinnitus is both ears and I see the effects it has on him so I'm extremely concerned!

Thanks for any help you can give. I'm hoping when I fall asleep I'll wake up and it'll be gone!!


Replied by Joy
Battleground, Wash
Yes , I have had this for a L.... O.... N.... G TIME but recently put coconut oil on a q tip and it seemed a bit better.... I read to use some hydrogen peroxide first and then coconut oil. Mine is almost gone and when I hear it at all, I put a half pea size coconut oil in each ear, at bedtime, it melts in there and stops the buzzing. I put it in there one night and wait a couple days and put more in there. Whole lotta better YAY!
Replied by Oldriska
Prague, Czech Republic
I know that acupuncture is recommended for tinnitus, but I haven't tried it myself for this condition (acupucture has, however, helped me greatly with trigeminal neuralgia).
Replied by Colleen
Greenwich, Ny, Us
Thank you so much for the suggestions. I'm trying the coconut oil tonight. Have you found a lasting relief or is it temporary? Colleen
Replied by Colleen
Greenwich, Ny, Us
Well, the coconut oil didn't do anything for me. Any other suggestions would be great. Thanks.
Replied by Joy
Battleground, Wash
I also ingest coconut oil 3- 7 tsp a day in oatmeal and cocoa.

Avoid Electromagnetic Radiation   0  0   

Posted by Gianne (Livermore, Ca Usa) on 07/13/2012

I developed Tinnitus shortly after a Cell phone tower was erected across the street from where I live. I am sure this is the cause. I now have the ringing in my ears 24 x 7. The day I developed it, I spent walking around the cell tower with an EMF meter to measure the radiation in different areas. That night I heard the ringing for the first time and it has been non-stop ever since (over 1 year later). The only relief I have found is when I am away from civilization where there is no wi-fi, cell phones, cell towers, etc, it almost goes away entirely. Unfortunately, when I come back to civilization, it returns. I have also found that sleeping under a Faraday canopy which blocks all RF/Microwave radiation helps considerably and when I wake up in the morning, it is barely there.

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Hi Gianne, Not sure if you've been on here recently but not long ago I wrote regarding EMF protection. Have you considered earthing pads that you can use in your home for protection? I have one that I put my foot on for when I'm using the computer to protect me and one in my bed for protection at night. I also wear a q-link around my neck all the time which is an EMF protector. You can google both of these and find information regarding them.

I attended a Longevity Now Conference a few months ago where they had a panel of 5 different doctors and when asked what have you seen increase the most in the past 7-8 years they all said problems they believe arising from all the EMF people are being bombarded with. It is a very real problem. Anyway, I hope this information can help you in finding protection from the cell phone tower. Best to you, Lisa

Replied by Jeannie
Oregon, US
I started hearing my heartbeat in my left ear all the time, about 2 years ago, after they put up a cell phone tower. Now use my cell phone as little as I can. Thinking about not using my cell phone anymore, always use it on speaker and do not hold it up to my ear.

Had MRI with dye, CT scan, an ultrasound of my neck, only came up with having jugular bulb, even though it s bigger than normal, they said its not anything to worry about.

Still couldnt say for sure that was the cause. I have had allergies for many years and did hit the back of my head once about 8 years ago, and had a car accident that tweaked my neck a little, all possible causes, dont know what to think??


Replied by Latrice
Cleveland, Ohio
I agree with this. To the point I just ordered some crystals off etsy, because I believe my buzzing gets worse around electronics. When my refrigerator and/or furnace pops, on the buzzing is louder. Research stuff like orgone and quartz that help with this. They should be here in a week or so. I'll report back and let you all know the outcome.

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.

Electrolytes   1  0   

Posted by Craig (Corvallis, Or) on 11/02/2014

[YEA]  I'd like to share my experience with ear pain in the hope that others might benefit from it.

About every seven years, I'd come down with fluid in the middle ear. This resulted in tinnitus, clogged Eustachian tubes, and painful middle ear pressure. Sometimes it was so painful that it was all I could do to make it through the day. Other times, I couldn't even do that.

Doctors always told me that it was caused by either a virus or an allergy, and that I would just have to ride it out.

The only thing I ever found that helped was taking magnesium supplements, which greatly reduced the middle ear pressure.

Eventually I figured out the root cause of my problem: electrolyte imbalance. Middle ear fluid is all about electrolytes, and whenever mine got severely out of balance (usually as a result of eating mega-doses of potassium rich foods) my "ear infection" would begin. In an attempt to make myself healthier, I was actually making myself sick.

Sodium and potassium work in concert, so it's important to find some semblance of balance between the two. The same holds true for magnesium and calcium. And while these balances probably vary from person to person (depending upon their underlying health issues), I encourage anyone suffering from tinnitus, clogged Eustachian tubes, or middle ear pressure to explore the possibility that it might be the result of an electrolyte imbalance.

It's only taken me fifteen years to figure this out, and I hope it helps someone.....

Replied by Polly
Columbus, Oh
Question, Craig from Corvallis - How does one go about balancing their electrolytes? Thank you for the interesting suggestion!

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