Tinnitus can be a buzzing or ringing noise in the ears.
I’m sure you’ve heard of “Ringing in the Ears.” The technical term is Tinnitus but most of us just know it as the latter. It’s a rather annoying problem. I have a friend who dealt with it in the past and, for her, ringing in the ears was so distracting that it was hard to concentrate on projects and feel productive throughout the day. So she reached out to me to find out if there are any natural remedies for it.
In case this is something you or a family member struggles with I wanted to share a few things we found that can help or maybe you can pass this information on to someone who needs it one day.
In doing a little research, I found there are some things that can aggravate this problem:
Tinnitus can be aggravated by stress, depression, anxiety, lack of sleep, and illness. Regular exercise will help you manage stress, sleep better, and stay healthier.
Dehydration can aggravate it so make sure you are getting plenty of minerals. If you drink coffee or other high caffeine drinks then chances are you have some level of dehydration going on.
There are 2 main categories of Tinnitus
- Subjective Tinnitus and
- Objective Tinnitus
Subjective Tinnitus is believed to occur as a result of abnormal nerve activity in the part of your brain that processes sound/hearing information (called the auditory cortex).
Basically, experts suspect some sort of disruption within the auditory pathway causes the central nervous system to abnormally perceive sound when it is not there—similar to phantom limb syndrome.
The most common conditions associated with subjective tinnitus are:
- Age-related sensorineural hearing loss (presbycusis)
- Occupational noise exposure
- Exposure to an ototoxic drug (e.g., certain antibiotics, chemotherapies, and anti-inflammatory drugs)
Objective Tinnitus – a person hears an internal sound (a noise coming from an actual physiologic process occurring near the middle ear). Interestingly, the noise of objective tinnitus can sometimes be heard by the healthcare provider examining the patient’s ear.
With objective tinnitus, the noise (often described as a pulsing sound) comes from problematic blood vessels, such as a carotid artery affected by atherosclerosis (fatty build-up) or a vascular malformation.
Sometimes the noise occurs as a result of a muscle spasm within the middle ear.
What the ear looks like and the ear changes that cause Tinnitus
See the picture below from the Mayo Clinic website – the damage to the hairs inside the inner ear can lead to Ear Ringing – Tinnitus.
This damage can be caused by long exposure to very loud sounds.
Want to know what you can do, naturally, to alleviate this issue?
Natural Remedies may, by no means, be a “cure” but often can relax the issue and allow the body to find some sense of balance by minimizing the symptoms associated with Tinnitus.
As far as herbal remedies go – Gingko Biloba is known to help with ringing in the ears. I like Gingko Biloba for it’s help with mental clarity, as well.
After a few people asked me about this we found a homeopathic remedy that helps with Tinnitus – it is called Pro Tinnitus and it is for: Symptoms Associated With Ringing, Buzzing, Echoing, Pressure, Pain, Throbbing and Sensitivity To Noise.
A bit of research in my essential oils book and it has some things that might be worth a try
Frankincense – Apply to the back of the ear and down the jawline to the chin on each ear.
Essential Oil Roll-on Recipe for Ringing in the Ears
|10 ml||Fill Roller bottle with FCO|
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I hope this has been helpful in your day. I look forward to hearing from you, Until next time – Be Well !
- Mayo Clinic
- VeryWell Health
- Powerline Health Essential Oils
- Pro Tinnitus Homeopathic Remedy
- Gingko Biloba Herbal Remedy
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