Natural Remedies to Treat Tinnitus

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Tinnitus Natural Remedies

Natural remedies can offer relief from tinnitus (ringing in the ears), a condition that affects nearly 1 in every 5 people. As it is not a condition itself but rather a symptom, identifying the underlying cause often helps guide treatment. Nonetheless, several nutritional supplements offer relief from the condition, such as alpha-lipoic acid, ginkgo biloba, and apple cider vinegar.

What is Tinnitus?

Defined as a ringing, sizzling or other noise in the ear, tinnitus is a symptom of underlying conditions. The ringing may be caused by age-related hearing loss, ear injury, or a circulatory system disorder. The condition may also be a result of exposure to loud noise, earwax blockage, changes in the ear bones, or several diseases.

Natural Treatments to Relieve Ringing in the Ears

As tinnitus is often the result of cellular damage to the ear, replenishing those cells is often the focus of treatment. Nutritional supplements including alpha-lipoic acid and ginkgo biloba are often effective. Antifungal remedies including apple cider vinegar are also generally effective.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha-lipoic acid is considered a vitamin-like chemical that functions as an antioxidant. As such, the substance treats cell damage in the body by restoring vitamin levels including vitamin E and C. The substance has also been shown to improve the function and conduction of neurons, which help transfer signals in the brain.

Gingko Biloba

Gingko Biloba is an herbal remedy known to treat a number of health conditions including tinnitus. Gingko plays a part in improving blood circulation, which contributes to the better functioning of the ears. The seeds also contain antibacterial and antifungal properties that help eliminate any underlying infection that may be contributing to the condition.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an antifungal and anti-inflammatory agent. When taken as a tonic daily, the vinegar works to alkalize the body and balance the natural levels in the body. This process eliminates underlying infection as well as any fungus that may be contributing to the condition.

A common problem that generally worsens with age, tinnitus is often uncomfortable and frustrating. While identifying the underlying cause is typically required prior to treatment, natural remedies and nutritional supplements are generally effective for treating tinnitus that results from a variety of means.

If tinnitus is accompanied by other symptoms or is particularly distressing, a consultation with a doctor would be prudent to rule out an underlying cause of tinnitus, like SSCD.

Continue reading below for feedback from Earth Clinic readers who have tried various natural remedies for Tinnitus!

Alpha Lipoic Acid

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Posted by Woodman (Salem, Oregon) on 07/19/2012
1 out of 5 stars

I have been taking ALA for several months now for neuropathy in my feet - but I have tinnitus as well. The ALA has done NOTHING for the tinnitus...FYI.

Alpha Lipoic Acid
Posted by Joleneal (Phenix City, Al) on 06/06/2012
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I take ALA for my numbness due to my diabetes. I take 300 mg a day. Unfortunately, it is sporadic as I sometimes blow off my supplements on the weekend. It hasn't touched my tinnitus yet - but it just started a month ago and I have not been consistent in my supplement intake.

However, the 1st ENT I went to said it was a nerve issue, and ALA is support for nerves. So, I'm going to double my dose and see what happens.

Alpha Lipoic Acid
Posted by Victor (Tarrytown, New York, USA) on 05/13/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Alpha Lipoic Acid pills for Tinnitus: I am so excited about my recent cure for my more than 10-years of hearing what souds like a steam radiator valve whistle in both ears almost continuously, with some days better than others, but never complete relief, until this week, after adding 200 milligrams of Alpha-lipoic acid to my daily intake of vitamins, minerals and other supplements about 3 to 4 weeks ago.

While I could be wrong, its certainly worth trying if you have been suffering for any period of time with tinnitus.

Replied by Diver
(Bern, Switzerland)

Hi. My doctor explained two types of Tinnitus:

1-The one caused by inter ear damage and

2-The one caused by brain's wrongly interpretation (possible inner brain problems).

So for which one ALA or ACV type solutions are helping. Only ear related one? thank you.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Triton1924 (Nelson, British Columbia ) on 02/12/2021 2 posts
1 out of 5 stars

I have been using apple cider as ear drops for 4 weeks along with Alpha Lipoic acid and unfortunately absolutely no difference in the ringing.

Replied by Kelly

A CAUTION REGARDING APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: One of the leading causes of tinnitus are salicylate -- the chemical compound found in aspirin (which was originally made from willow bark) and is also found in the skins and seeds of fruits and vegetables. It's also found in high amounts in VINEGAR. A google search will turn up more information.

So while vinegar may help some with tinnitus -- it also could be CAUSING your tinnitus, or if you try it and it gets worse, it could be because of the salicylate content.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Shawna (Missoula, Mt) on 08/29/2017
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Oh boy did I have a miserable last three days. In my left ear there appeared a whooshing rythmic pulsating loud heartbeat. Had to raise level of tv and turn on music to drown it out at bedtime. My remedy today was hydrogen peroxide in affected ear, ( laid down 10 minutes) then an 8 ounce glass of spring water with tablespoon of ACV. Drank it down in one shot with straw....waited....nothing happened. Lo and behold 3 hours later I am back to normal and joyful. It works, yay!!!!

Replied by Gina
5 out of 5 stars

it works! My left ear clogged up after sleeping on that side and wouldn't unclog- started whooshing noises then water running, dings, it got very loud the 3rd day. I found this post. yay! Noise much diminished after first dose- tolerable- diminishes with each dose. couldn't use Apple Cider Vinegar before- really shocked my system- either I really need it or the one teaspoon in 8 oz water is palatable mix.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Phil S. (Adelaide, Australia) on 11/03/2016
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I tried the ACV treatment for my tinnitus by eye dropping ACV into my ear every night for 2 weeks, and nothing much happened, and I started to think that this treatment might just be an old wives tale. Then after a couple of days of non treatment and I noticed that about 80% of the hissing sound in my ear had gone. I was re enthused so started using it again, and voila!! It went away completely. I'm really quite astonished as my local doctor told me years ago that there's no treatment for this condition, like hell there isn't . If and when it returns, I'll simply resume the treatment. What a relief . Thank you so much Earth Clinic/ Phil

Replied by Maryelle

Hi Phil, did you use straight ACV. Also, how many drops in the ear?

Replied by Denise

Hi, did you use the ACV directly or was it diluted?

Replied by Ronald

Did this really work for you, I have had tinnitus for 16 months, maybe noise induce not sure but, how long did you have it for and how did you get it. Please really need help?

Replied by Iama
5 out of 5 stars

ACV can help, but you need to dilute it for sure. Put about one tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and one tablespoon of good, clean water in a small saucepan and very gently warm it up. Not hot, just warm enough to be comfortable. Use an eye dropper and put a couple of drops in your ear. Do this 3-4 times a day.

Replied by Stephen

How many drops of ACV and times per day? Thank you.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Joel B. (Hawaii) on 06/10/2015
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I had this Tinnitus for about a year now and it was driving me crazzzzzzzzzzzzy! I think mine was triggered by a Wi-Fi device that seemed to have a particularly strong signal. I did not have this problem before I moved to a new home which had this Wi-Fi. Anyway, that was the start of it, then I moved to a new place and there was no Wi-fi signal, but the condition got worse! I hear the "whooshing" pulse and a few different ringing frequencies. My hearing is impaired and I thought I was going deaf, I can't hear any of the smaller sounds, and I get frustrated talking to people because I am unable to hear a lot of what they say. Anyway after dealing with this for way too long, I finally came here to Earth Clinic.

Upon reading about ACV. I tried it. It worked almost immediatly!!! I am so impressed. I think the causitive factors for this condition can be many, but it is also in large part because there are too many "organisms" inside the ear. They cause swelling and intefere with the normal ear functioning. The ACV. in the ear is anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory so it works.

I used about a 70% ACV - 30% water solution. I put it in a clean small dropper bottle, and put about 1/2 dropper in each ear. The cool thing was that after I cleared out my right ear with a paper towel there was all this brown stuff on the towel. The left ear was mostly clear. I did this treatment twice a day for about 4 days and now there is no more Brown stuff coming out!!! All clear. I have to be honest, the ringing is not totally gone but it is so much better. I am very impressed with this simple remedy ACV!!!

Aloha from the big island of Hawaii!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Caitlin (Ausin, Tx) on 01/30/2015
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I woke up tired, listless, with a horrible headache and the worst tinnitus I've ever had. By the way, my tinnitus is usually constant - less prevalent sometimes; more at other times.

After testing various foods that I'm allergic to yet still eat occasionally, I've found the culprits of my constant ear-ringing: wheat and milk (low grade tinnitus), nuts (high) and diet sugars (extremely high).

Last night, I made almond meal brownies, using lots of diet sugar and milk chocolate chips -- I'd stopped making these but because my husband loves them and asks for them, I occasionally make them for him. I had 5 small cookies. The tinnitus began just before I went to bed.

Here's what I did this morning: I diluted a dropper-full of ACV in 1/4 cup of water and put in both my ears -- no difference detected after 30 minutes. Next, I went with a few drops of straight ACV down each ear. Results: Tinnitus in left ear is totally gone; Tinnitus in right ear lessened to about 70%. Whooopeee! After finding the cause, FINALLY I've found, if not a cure, at least a relief! The cure, it seems, is to stop eating what I'm allergic to even when I'm cooking for others!

Until those allergens leave my body, I plan to spend the day drinking a teaspoon of ACV in every glass of water and, using the straight ACV drops (drained out after a minute), particularly before bed because the constant ringing keeps me from entering deeper sleep. I hope this helps other tinnitus sufferers! Caitlin

Replied by Todd J.
(Williamston, Nc)

I was searching for a treatment for tinnitus yesterday and was told by an elderly phamacist that aspartame, the junk they substitute for sugar to make things like drinks diet, is believed to be one cause of ringing in the ears. Mine started back in 2004 after a ruptured aneurism. I figure that I was lucky to be alive and was told that there is no cure, so I have been living with it for the last 13 years, and now I hear about ACV and think, I have this in my cabinet ALL the time. Cant wait to try it out and see how it works.

Replied by Gene P.
(Knoxville, Tn)

Wonderful post, Caitlyn. Your post finally connected the dots for me.

I have had constant Tinnitus for over 40 years. It started after I had an accident that broke my leg with bone sticking out. I HAD SURGERY. As a retired Anesthesiologist I now remember that most surgeons and all orthopedic surgeons give routine antibiotics during surgery.

ANTIBIOTICS kill the good bugs (symbiotic bacteria) in the body and this allows the fungus, alias candida -- that LOVES SUGAR and its carbohydrates -- to grow wild to cause every imaginable disorder in the body, ... and I think that is why every imaginable disease seems to have the same natural cures that kill the same culprit Candida.... and yes, for over 40 years all medical specialists have insisted that there is no cure for Tinnitus.

Time for me to take ACV, Bicarb.. colloidal-silver, DMSO, garlic and every other home remedy seriously. Thanks.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Drbrown (Ohio, US) on 09/30/2014
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I developed some left ear ringing, though mine was a very low pitched hum. It sounded like a large truck was running inside my head. Really annoying when it was quiet. This was going on for about 2 weeks.

I mixed around a tea spoon of braggs organic ACV with a tiny bit of orange juice (can't stand the taste of ACV alone). Did this an hour before breakfast, then an hour after dinner. Woke up today and it was 95% better. If it's completely silent I still barely get the low humming. I did one more dose today. I will stop taking ACV now and see if it comes back. I definitely do not think it was coincidence that the humming stopped though. I've used ACV for other ailments as recommended by this site and had good success. I think everyone should implement this stuff into their diet in some small way.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jnell (Lumby, Bc, Canada) on 04/04/2013
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Tinnitus: Just over 1 month ago I started taking 1tsp of ACV in 8oz of filtered water 3x a day, after learning about it being a possible cure on here. I wasn't sure that it would work but thought I would give it a shot being as it is inexpensive and all natural ... I now have ZERO ringing or static sounds in my ear!!! This is just Amazing!!!

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Jnell, for how long had you had the tinnitus?

Replied by Jnell
(Lumby, BC)

Nearly a year, it was awful!

Replied by Lenna
(Lumby, B C)

Jnell, I am suffering constant loud tinnitus and am not getting any relief from an expensive supplement. I am going to try the ACV and just wanted to thank you for posting your story. Because you actually live in the same village, I feel safer trying something else.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sherif (Cairo, Egypt) on 03/15/2012

I'm tinnitus sufferer 4yrs ago, I'm member of lot of tinnintus groups at face book. One person had T 3YRS AGO. SHE USED ANTIFUNGAL for nails containing apple cider vinegar and the tinnitus disappear completely.

Replied by Nickie
(London, Uk)
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I'm with Judy on this. Couple of nights ago after watching an item on TV, I Googled the info and found 14 phone masts within 2 km which is the 'safety zone'. I have been experiencing tinnitus for 3 or 4 months now and I have been taking ACV daily for 5 years! Started after learning of the benefits of alkalising and it reduced hip pain of arthritis within a couple of days and got rid of 4 or 5 pounds of Christmas excess in a month. Now I'll stick some in my ear and hope it's equally effective but I still don't rust those masts. I have a mobile phone. Cost me about 9 bucks and I keep it in my purse for emergencies. These things cause neurological damage and cancers yet on the street or in stores every second person seems to have one glued to their ear as if their lives depended on it. Pretty sad when you realise the radio waves also negatively affect animals.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Priya (Oroville, Wa) on 07/10/2011
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I came to this site just last night. I have been experiencing ringing in my ear for 2 days. Started with a sore throat then went to my right ear. Prior to this I was having a low in and out humming happening for months. Went to get my hearing checked and all was good. I'm 58 and in good health I keep active. Last night I took my first dose of ACV in water 2 Tblsp with 8 oz of water, Organic _____s brand. It help some the noise isn't as loud. I took my second dose this morning and going for my 3rd. I also did a ear coning to help pull the ear wax out. I did this this morning. It's easy with help and feels fine. My right ear had 2X's as much wax in as my left. Hears to hearing better, even if I still am a bit off centered. I'll continue to do this along with taking Tumeric with black pepper it helps to assimulate the tumeric. I didn't measure the tumeric I put some in water and on my food last night. I'll let you know the results thanks for having this site.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Betty (Scottsdale, Arizona, Usa) on 11/01/2009
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I was going to visit my doctor about tinnitis..a whorling sound in my right ear that didn't go away in over a week. I tried 1 tbl spoon of apple cider vinegar mixed half with water and viola! I awoke this morning normal again. No more phantom sounds in my ear. AMAZING!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Dan (New York, New York) on 06/25/2007
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I got a really bad cold a few days ago, and I could hardly stand not being able to breathe through my nose. Not only that, but the coughing, especially on the second and third days, was unbelievable. Finally my dad told me that he couldn't listen to my cough any more, but I didn't want to take any drugs/medicine. I found this site on Google and, of course, the first thing I saw was to drink Apple Cider Vinegar. I finally found some in the back of a cabinet and put some in a glass with honey. In less than ten minutes my cough had subsided to barely a tickle every five minutes and my nose cleared up so fast I could actually feel it loosening up. Not only that, but ACV also reduced the weird ringing in my ears and helped my upset stomach. I'm not saying that my cold is completely gone, but I'm easily 99% better than I have been in the last month. ACV is definitely the only thing for any kind of illness.


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Posted by William L. (Nashville, TN, USA) on 08/17/2019
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For Tinnitus, try Astaxanthin 2 mg 1 softgel per day. This helped me until I learned that I'm allergic to it. Nevertheless, Astaxanthin can not only relax your inner ear, but it's beneficial to your eyes as well.

Replied by William L.
(Nashville, TN, USA)

Astaxanthin also comes in 2 mg, 4 mg, 10 mg, and upward. I recommend starting at a lower dosage , once a day, because, like I mentioned above, I learned after just a few days that I'm allergic to Astaxanthin. However, I now take Antarctic Krill Oil , and it contains astaxanthin. Each softgel of this Krill Oil contains 200 MicroGrams of Astaxanthin, so I can still consume astaxanthin, but in a lower dosage than with pure Astaxanthin. I now use it 2 or 3 days a week, 2 or three softgels each day , and my intake of Astaxanthin is now .4-.6 mg each day I use it. My allergy doesn't affect me as it seriously did with 4mg-10mg, and I still notice benefits in my inner ear and eyesight.