14 Natural Remedies to Soothe Tinnitus

Ear Muff

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Posted by RB (Somewhere in Europe) on 10/16/2022 84 posts

In my life, tinnitus is the price I pay for exposing myself to excessive noise. Examples: If I work out and if I'm not using any hearing protection, then I always experience tinnitus for 3 days. If I watch random videos on the Internet, I always experience tinnitus for 3 days.

If you have tinnitus, then it's up to your body to heal itself. If you're healthy enough, your body will heal your tinnitus. However, if tinnitus has been an issue for you for several weeks, then you're doing something wrong.

Only you can prevent further damage to your hearing. If your gym believes their 90 dB rock music is an essential part of their service, then you will need hearing protection in there. How do you prevent tinnitus? 1) Avoid noisy places like gyms, TGIF restaurants, manufacturing plants, and especially jet engine manufacturing plants. 2) Turn down the volume on your PC and TV set. And 3) Use hearing protection. Example: I no longer experience any tinnitus, if (in my gym) I wear an ear muff similar to Home Depot Black Folding Ear Muff NRR 26.

Replied by Arlene

I have been having an issue with ringing in my ears and in doing some research regarding noise I read about things like loud music and even motorcycles esp Harley Davidson. Apparently some riders even get dizzy from the noise. Anyway I got to thinking about what noise around me that may be the cause. I think I have found it. My previous home had a central vacuum system and when I moved I had to buy a vacuum cleaner. Because I have pets and lots of fur flying I bought a Hoover Wind Tunnel. It does pick up the hair and dust and a good vacuum for the money but the NOISE could wake the dead. The dog and cat run from it. I've looked online for consumer reviews and I only found one other person that complained about the noise. When I use it now I put cotton in each ear to suppress the noise and the ringing in the ears is tapering off. I know this sounds crazy but I wanted to share my thoughts

(Somewhere in Europe)
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Arlene, I agree with you; yes, using hearing protection is smart; and no it is not crazy. Further, you are not alone; whenever I am vacuuming I also use hearing protection.

Electric Vibration

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Posted by Raven (Orangevale, California) on 09/11/2015

I don't have tinnitus, but came across this interesting piece of information that I had saved years ago. The person who sent it in to a newsletter had noticed one day when shaving that when his electric razor was close to his ear, the vibration gave him some relief from the tinnitus. He then discovered that if he put one of those slip-on pencil top erasers over the tooth brush on his S------- electric toothbrush, and used it every day to massage around his ear, using varying pressures until he could feel the vibration inside of his ear, it relieved the discomfort and the whistling subsided. At the time of his writing his tinnitus had all but disappeared, and he could often go four or five days without needing to re-treat.

Replied by Iamli3

How loud was his tinnitus? I would think that when one is holding an active electric razor to their ear that's all they can hear :l .... It would be interesting if this is a treatment that can give some solid results for this condition, but first we would need a lot more information than that...

Replied by Pam Sullivan
(Midland, Ontario, Canada)

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I've had ringing in my right ear for at least a week now. I went to the Doctor Yesterday to check on wax build up but my ears were clear. Hearing test was amazing for the right ear and good for the left. I've been reading allot, tried the Epley Maneuver, changed my supplements but after reading your post, I used my electric toothbrush to massage around my right ear and, hooray, the ringing has completely stopped. This is wonderful and I'll pass this one on. Again, thanks.

Replied by Jesse

How long did you do this for, my ears have been ringing for 3 weeks.


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

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 Joe

Hi, so what do you to for electrolytic imbalance, do youj drink sports drinks, ie. gatoraide?

Replied by Rob
(Hamilton, On)

Hi Craig,

So what did you do to improve your electrolyte imbalance? Any info is greatly appreciated?

Eliminate Salt

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Posted by Indira (Netherlands) on 09/20/2013 6 posts

I had tinnitus 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 stopped 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 imagining 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 tinnitus any more. So I don't know if this is just a coincidence, or my tinnitus 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 don't 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 hope to see more people will be helped by stop eating salt for at least a week.

EMF Trigger

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Posted by Judy (Phoenix, Arizona) on 03/02/2015

What's happening across the board after Smart Meters are installed removing the safer mechanical analogs we once had on our homes, the pulsing of radiation throughout our homes (up to 190K times per day) is causing high pitched ringing in the ears. It's amplified by the amount of cell / receptor towers also being installed throughout our communities. It's EMF (electro-magnetic field) overload. It's jolting people awake as the utility companies download the data (data dumps) during the middle of the night. People are also complaining of being woken up generally on the hour. If our bodies don't get at least 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep, our bodies don't heal and our immune systems are depleted. Smart Meters are not mandatory so you can have an analog placed back on. Make sure it isn't a "trojan" analog, I.e., it still transmits data. Ringing in the ears is the least of health symptoms due to Smart Meters. Check out ~ SmartMeterEducationNetwork.com

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Replied by Kelly

I'm sorry, but I respectfully disagree w/Judy. Tinnitus has been around for centuries, long before 'smart meters' and even electricity.

Tinnitus is more likely due to fungal infections or heavy metal issues, not EMFs.

Replied by Lynn

I agree with Judy. Read Ann Louise Gittlemans book " Don't use your phone for your alarm clock" about EMF

I think fungus is a huge underlying problem and so are heavy metals. Trying to help my twin with this issue but fungus and heavy metals are so out of her radar she thinks I'm from another planet! :)

Replied by Tree

Judy, you are spot on about those monster smart meters and EMF pollution that are horrifically unhealthy for all.

Replied by Hans

in the mean time, put up a faraday cage on both sides of the meter; outside and inside of wall. Look for this on YouTube.

Replied by Anna

You're saying that a new cause can't emerge for an old problem. Long before cars, people could die of carbon monoxide poisoning from using a charcoal burner indoors. This doesn't negate the fact that car exhaust can do the same thing. Who would ever argue that cars cannot cause CO poisoning because such existed long before cars? That would be ludicrous.

Replied by MoneyDoc

True, tinnitus has been around since dirt was invented and yes, fungi and all manner of organisms invade us. There are roughly about 20 causes of tinnitus the more common ones being hearing loss, bone erosion in the middle to inner ear, anxiety, infection, something called stapedius myoclonus which is a fancy name for a tendon that keeps jerking the stapes bone in your ear. However, Judy has a good point: additional frequencies can cause problems in the body. Let's face it, we are all bombarded with frequencies. Cell phones, smart tvs, wireless in the home, now appliances in a network (Internet of Things IoT). At some point, the frequencies interfere with the normal functioning of our cells. Every cell operates at a certain frequency. When competing frequencies interfere, the cells' functions can be interrupted. This effect has been confirmed so many times in legitimate double blind studies. It is doubtful you will be able to rid of that meter. Every power company in the world has signed on to the smart grid project and that includes linking everyone's home/building to this electronic grid. Faraday cages and other blocking devices may help but they may also prevent a good wifi signal. Tough choices.

EMF Trigger
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 Marguerite

I have been wondering if this is why I have had heard sounds in my head 24/7 since the fall of 2004. Thank you for posting this!

EMF Trigger
Posted by Amy (Los Angeles) on 07/26/2007

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.

Epsom Salts

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

Drinking Epsom salt makes my tinnitus go away.

Essiac Tea

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

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

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May I know the dosage of Essiac Tea?

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Therapeutic infusions for acute conditions is usually 4-5 cups per day. You may choose to start much lower and still see benefits with one or two cups a day.

Faucet Test

Posted by Kristy (Sugar Land, Tx) on 01/22/2011

Have you tried taking the faucet test?

The faucet test involves the following. You stand near the sink and turn the water faucet on fully. Many people with tinnitus are unable to hear tinnitus sounds while standing near or close to running or falling water. One other way is to perform this test while in the shower. If either of these provide some relief then you would likely benefit from technique known as ?masking?.

Many trust a technique known as ?masking? that uses white noise to silence or make the ringing less noticeable or transparent.

This is treatment option is commonly used while undergoing other treatment options.

Replied by Mark
(San Francisco)

Thanks the running faucet test was brilliant.

My chronic tinninitus flared-up after after recent exposure to noise, combined with a bad cold. I turned on the faucet and found the masking provided instant relief.

Based on that I started looking for water sounds on youtube. Wave sounds did not work but rain sounds did. Lots of people have posted things like 10 hours of Rain on Youtube. I'm running it in stereo in my office now and what a big help.

I'm also trying the vinegar and honey combination. Not sure if this will reduce what I hope is a temporary flareup of tinninitus but the rain/water sounds are big help.


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Posted by lisa (palm desert) on 05/30/2023

I take flavonoids for years, 3 times a day. If you try it, do it for 1 month, you have to be patient 6 times a day it will help.

I have tinnitus very bad but flavonoid helps me. please try it


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Posted by Volsung (Belfast, Uk) on 07/06/2015

I had been suffering rapid ear thumping in my right ear for a couple of months. They would sometimes be triggered off by a yawn or a burp but sometimes they would start seemingly without any trigger at all. The spasms could last about 6 or 7 seconds and occur 3 or 4 times per minute for up to 9 hours. I had also been suffering pulsatile tinnitus in my left ear probably due to a persistent ear infection.

I found that putting a largish piece of cut garlic in my right ear stops the thumping. I haven't had any for a while now. It is important that you cut the garlic to let the active vapours enter the ear. I would keep it in overnight. Also make sure the piece is large enough not to go down far into the ear canal.

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

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 Dave
(Fountain Inn, 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.

Replied by Iamli3

Great to hear you had such high success with that garlic oil drop treatment, but you say it was an infection that was the cause of the tinnitus right? Would this same treatment still work for other causes like trauma or emfs?....

General Feedback

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Posted by Andrea C (Wales) on 05/13/2014

Hi Valium/ Diazapam, all Benzodiazepines are well documented for causing tinnitus, or any sort of noises in the ''head'' or ringing etc in the ears. This will also be true of Benzodiazepines withdrawal as well. If you're on any Medications, chances are the Meds are the actual cause. as it's a common side effect of many Pharmaceutical's and even natural ones. If it turns out to be the Medicines, and you want to stop them due to any other side effects, then please be careful as certain one's GOT to be tapered down as too fast can cause its own problems.

And never ever stop Benzodiazepines or Z Drugs abruptly, it's highly dangerous and can cause seizures leading to a broken neck, death.

Also natural remedies that raise serotonin should be tapered as these have the same effect as pharmaceuticals like Prozac, Trazadone, Amyltrptyline , etc. And you will get withdrawal symptoms.

Love Andrea C xxxxx

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Posted by Brandy (Los Angeles, California Usa) on 11/09/2012

With my TMJ, I had sporadic and constant forms of tinnitus for DECADES. After I had 3 molars pulled, the noises were pretty much gone. I knew the the nerves of my jaw were tangled up in the roots of my teeth. Simple change of jaw position was enough to make the transient noises stop.

But now... It's back! I KNOW it is a side effect of medication. It's two separate tones in each ear, so I can really hear it, and it's bad in quiet times.

I'm going to try my white noise machine and see if that helps at night, and I know I need to be more regular with the ACV as a whole, that stuff is like MAGIC! ALA, I dunno, I'll check to see if I CAN take it...

Anyway, folks, also consider your teeth and jaw in the tinnitus equation. I know having teeth pulled is an extreme solution, but if you are facing that anyway, at least there could be more good than bad asociated with the tooth loss!

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