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Tinnitus - Tinnitus 2011
Written by Frank Mangano   
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 02:55


The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reports that almost 12 percent of men from 65 to 72 years of age are affected by tinnitus, as well as in white individuals, where US is twice as frequent to have this condition as those in the south as in the northeast. Tinnitus is any kind of noise, ringing or swishing, that seem to originate in the ears or head. It is a noise perception in one or both ears, without having an actual noise being heard. It is not really considered a serious problem, since it is considered a disturbance that will just go away. However, it can be an extreme nuisance to people if experienced frequently, even severely interfering with one’s daily life.

Tinnitus may occur in any of the four sections of the ear, and the kind of treatment is dependent on the origin or cause of the noise. The most common tinnitus, called subjective tinnitus, means that a sound is heard only by the person, but not by other people. Some of the most common sounds that can be heard are high-pitched ringing sounds, crickets, buzzing, roaring, hissing, and whistling. Another form of tinnitus is the pulsatile tinnitus, or the noise that accompanies the beating of the heart. One uncommon type is the objective tinnitus, where the doctor will actually hear a sound if he/she carefully listens to it.

Tinnitus is a condition that is little understood by doctors, and no particular cause or medical treatment has been generally agreed upon. Some of the probable causes of this condition are hearing loss, loud noise exposure, poor blood flow and inflammation. Others also include growth of spongy bone in the inner ear, fluid in the ear, wax buildup, low and high blood pressure and breach of the eardrum. Despite its possible causes, tinnitus is still curable. It can be eliminated and treated through changes in the diet, lifestyle as well as supplementation and herbal remedies.

  • Get plenty of healthy physical activity, including moderate exercise to improve blood circulation.

    Exercise and physical activity is a must in order to veer away from many kinds of health conditions and deficiencies. Regular physical activity is important for tinnitus relief as it promotes better circulation to the different organs and tissues, it cleanses the body from toxins and it also improves balance and relieves stress. It is said that one of the probable causes of tinnitus is poor blood flow. Engaging in physical activity improves one’s blood flow to the structures of the ear. However, before engaging in any particular physical activity, evaluation as to the level of fitness must be done in order to perform the right physical activities that are fit for one’s current status. Walking, jogging, biking, meditation, swimming, martial arts, dancing, aerobics and gymnastics are just some of the physical activities you could perform.

  • Consume an anti-tinnitus diet that is high in protein with lots of fruits and vegetables.

    The wonders brought about by the high levels of vitamins that are contained in fruits and vegetables are evident in preventing and relieving tinnitus cases. An anti-tinnitus diet must include high protein and nutrient dense foods like olive oil, grass-fed meat, coconut, and non-starchy vegetables. Fruits must also be low in sugar but with rich antioxidants like berries, lime and grapefruits. A protein-rich diet is also recommended for tinnitus patients like grains, eggs, fruits, milk, yoghurt, poultry, nuts, seeds and many more. However, proper balance as to the amount of protein intake must be observed for too much may lead to other kinds of diseases.

  • Use anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric, ginger, dandelion, oregano and garlic.

    These anti-inflammatory herbs are natural cures that are readily available in our homes or in the market. These can be applied in different ways. You can use garlic extract boiled in mustard oil and apply it unto both ears when cooled down.  You may use one or two drops for each ear. It gives great benefit since garlic is known to dissolve clots. When the primary cause of tinnitus is injury, a teaspoon of turmeric powder can be taken orally with milk because its healing power has been proven over the years.

  • Avoid foods that are high in saturated fats, sugar and salt.

    Foods high in saturated fats and trans-fats are not recommended for anyone, especially those who are treating tinnitus. Saturated fats increase bad (LDL) cholesterol levels, often leading to a condition called atherosclerosis which is a risk factor in heart disease but at the same time significantly reduces blood flow, a main factor for the development of tinnitus. Excess salt also has the same effect. It restricts the blood vessels, increase blood pressure and reduces blood flow to the eyes, ears and brain.

  • Use Ginkgo Biloba

    Ginkgo Biloba has a wide pharmacological profile which includes metabolic, anti-ischemic, radical scavenging, anti-edema, and anti-hypoxic actions. The main cause of tinnitus is the drop of blood supply in the ear, and if the pharmacological action of ginkgo biloba is to be observed, it could lead to a clinical efficiency for this condition. A study where 10-member French ENT expert team performed a test on 103 tinnitus patients revealed positive results in favor of ginkgo biloba. The patients were given a daily dosage of 4 ml of ginkgo biloba for three months and results showed that the group who took ginkgo biloba had faster recovery from symptoms.

  • Use supplements such as pycnogenol, resveratrol, and grape seed extract.

    Along with the above-mentioned remedies, one can also resort to taking supplements like pycnogenol, resveratrol and grape seed extract. These supplements contain anti-oxidants that limit the damage of free radicals and inflammation.  These anti-oxidants enhance blood flow to all parts of the body, including the ears. A study conducted by Chieti-Pescara University in Italy proves that pycnogenol has the ability to improve vascular function and restore cochlear blood perfusion, which can lead to the relief of tinnitus symptoms. Grape seed extracts and resveratrol can also help in tinnitus since resveratrol supplements reduce the risk of blood clotting and inflammation, factors that can lead to the development of tinnitus.





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