Tinnitus Cure – What Can You Do While You Wait for One
Try as they might, modern medicine has yet to find a tinnitus cure. Part of what makes finding a cure so tough is that tinnitus is not a disease. It is not caused by germs that you can attack with antibiotics. Unfortunately, a lot of the suffering is subjective – meaning that if you have particularly sensitive hearing, you are going to be more affected by it.
Oh sure, there have been plenty of studies that have looked at different types of medicines. Right now, the most promising testing is being done on a drug called Campral.
The drug is normally used to treat people with alcoholism, but a study in Brazil showed that it can provide relief to tinnitus sufferers, too.
So, what can you do while researchers look at Campral (and other drugs) to see if there is a cure out there?
1. Keep a journal
Write down everything that you are doing, eating, and drinking whenever your tinnitus symptoms appear or get worse. After a few weeks, you should be able to spot trends and triggers that are causing your symptoms. From there, you can do your best to avoid them.
What about the stuff you can’t avoid?
If, for example, the stress at work makes your tinnitus symptoms go crazy, you obviously can’t quit your job and move to a tropical island. Instead, consider your tinnitus cure to be different ways of coping with the stress – like learning breathing exercises or meditation techniques that you can do at your desk to help you calm down.
2. Quit smoking
Every time you light up a cigarette, your ears may be literally screaming for mercy! Studies have shown that smoking can make tinnitus symptoms worse – and, in some cases, smoking can actually cause tinnitus altogether. For example, smoking can harden your blood vessels, making it harder for blood to pass through, which can lead to pulsatile tinnitus (or sounds in your ears that are in sync with your heartbeat).
3. Get your blood pressure under control
Not only is lower blood pressure good for your overall health, but it can be an effective tinnitus cure. Depending on what is actually causing your tinnitus, blood pressure medications might not be able to eliminate your symptoms altogether, but they should certainly be able to lessen their intensity.
4. Talk to your doctor about your current medications
If your medicine cabinet looks like a commercial pharmacy, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss if any of those drugs could in fact be responsible for the ringing in your ears. Some medications that you would not think of as having anything to do with your ears – like diuretics, high doses of aspirin, malaria medications, and some cancer drugs – can actually cause tinnitus.
How is that possible?
The fancy word for some of these drugs is “ototoxic” – or toxic to the ear. In most cases, though, tinnitus is merely a side effect of the medication that will go away as soon as it’s out of your system.
Sometimes, the best tinnitus cure is to talk to your doctor about switching to a different drug!
5. Get checked for head and neck tumors
Even tiny tumors can put pressure on your blood vessels and cause tinnitus symptoms. Typically, tumors will be associated with other symptoms besides ringing in your ears, but it is best for your doctor to be thorough and check you for everything that could possibly be responsible for the problem!
As scary as may be to think about having a tumor, there is actually a relatively easy tinnitus cure for it – removing the tumor!
6. Get your ears professionally cleaned
If earwax is left to sit and fester in your ear canal, it can irritate your eardrum, which can lead to tinnitus. Just be sure to let your doctor do the cleaning, though. He has special tools and techniques that you don’t. If you grab a Q-tip and try to get to work, you may end up doing more damage!
7. Have someone take a look at your jaw