Tinnitus Treatment

Tinnitus TreatmentFinding the most effective tinnitus treatment plan is important in improving a tinnitus sufferer’s quality of life. The first step toward an appropriate treatment plan for getting relief is a definitive diagnosis of the underlying medical disorder.

Medical Treatment

Depending on the diagnosis, you may be required to undergo the removal of impacted earwax, make changes in medication, or undergo treatment for an ear infection or a blood vessel disorder. These are just a few of the medical treatment options available.

Medication and Vitamins

Physicians may prescribe medications or vitamins to lessen the duration, severity and frequency of the symptoms of tinnitus.  Drugs cannot cure tinnitus but when they are integrated with other methods in a holistic treatment plan it may be possible to minimize the symptoms.

The most common drugs used in a tinnitus treatment plan are tricyclic antidepressants, which are prescribed only for the most severe cases of tinnitus, and alprazolam.  Both drugs should only be taken under strict medical supervision since the possibility of addiction is high.

Some doctors are now recommending vitamin B6 as a treatment for tinnitus. It is believed that B6 is good for hair cells, particularly the tiny hairs found inside the ear, and in some cases it has been shown to improve hearing loss and tinnitus.

Drugs to avoid: Aspirin, Ototoxic drugs (includes Ibuprofen, non-steroid anti-inflammatories, quinine and many more).

Noise Suppression Devices

There is a wide range of noise suppression devices available; some are listed below:

White noise, pink noise and brown noise machines: Known to give temporary relief. This form of relief can come from background noise, such as household machines (dishwashers, washing machines, etc.).
White noise that has been filtered to different frequencies is known as pink noise and brown noise. Pink noise is softer and is often preferred by many sufferers.

Portable maskers: Sound therapy through headphones or maskers is an extremely easy treatment for tinnitus because it is portable and can be listened to at any time. The recommendation is to listen to the therapeutic sounds regularly for three hours or more each day. It may take up to four months before any change is noticeable. Results vary with each individual.

Hearing Aids: These need to be adjusted to help suppress outside noises. Hearing aids are helpful for tinnitus sufferers who may also have impaired hearing. Noise generators used for masking tinnitus sounds can be integrated with a hearing aid.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is based around counseling and sound therapy, and should be carried out by trained professionals.

Lifestyle Changes

Even the best medical treatment plan will be of little use if certain lifestyle changes are not adopted. These changes include avoidance of noise irritants, stress management, cessation of cigarettes, marijuana, alcohol, caffeine, aspartame.

A good approach toward tinnitus treatment is a holistic one, which incorporates changes in lifestyle habits combined with the use of medicines, devices and support from family and friends or from tinnitus support groups.

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Useful Resources:

University of Maryland Medical Center:  http://www.umm.edu/otolaryngology/tinnitus.htm

Alternative treatments:   http://www.ata.org/for-patients/treatment

Home Treatment:   http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kb/content/symptom/tinit.html#hw88451

UCSF Medical Center:   http://www.ucsfhealth.org/conditions/tinnitus/treatment.html

2 Responses to “Tinnitus Treatment”

  1. Kendall says:

    I’ve had tinnitus for a long time and it seems to be getting worse. Please can you tell me the best place to get help and treatment? Great website by the way.

    Kendall

    • Anne says:

      Thanks Kendall, I suggest a visit to your doctor who can refer you to a specialist or hearing clinic. Comprehensive tests will be carried out and the appropriate treatment can then be prescribed for your particular type of tinnitus. Have you tried any of the methods suggested on this page? I hope this has helped.

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