When we were kids, my brother and I were messing around and he shot an air gun in my ear. I couldn’t hear out of it for a couple of days and then my hearing came back. But, along with my hearing, a high pitched “whine” was also in my ear. Over time, the whine would sometimes be a buzz or roar depending on the day. At night, I remember my mom raising heck with me for listening to a radio when I went to bed. I would turn the radio on low and put it next to my right ear. Why? To cover the noise of the whining so I could get to sleep. To this day, I cannot sleep without something making a little noise. What is this culprit that plays heck with my ear? It’s called tinnitus. In Latin, the word tinnitus means “tinkling of the bell”.
This is my tinnitus story. It’s how I have attempted to manage it through the years with alternative methods. Like playing the radio to get to sleep, I have tried to “trick” my mind about my ears. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But using alternative methods have helped me keep my sanity and hangup on tinnitus when the roar was deafening.
Some causes and triggers of tinnitus.
Like my own experience, some tinnitus is caused by a sudden burst of loud noise or prolonged exposure to loud noises over time.
Tinnitus can be triggered by an infection of the inner ear. Or a brain tumor. Brain tumors are the cause in less than 1% of cases of tinnitus. It is wise to consult a doctor to rule out infection or tumor.
Excessive use of aspirin or any of the ~mycin antibiotics can cause tinnitus. Even aspirin-like herbs like willowbark, wintergreen and meadowsweet can make the noise louder.
Caffeine, salt without drinking enough water, sugar and alcohol are just a few things that can cause or worsen your tinnitus.
Ways to hangup on the ringing in your ear.
B vitamins. I take a B-Complex and occasionally I take extra thiamin, niacin and B12. Most alternative doctors I’ve read say to take a good, high potency B-Complex supplement that supplies 50 milligrams of most of the B vitamins.
I take at least 400 milligrams of magnesium a day. Green vegetables, whole grains, nuts and beans are great foods that are packed with magnesium. (Caution: Talk to your doctor before using magnesium supplements if you have heart or kidney problems.)
Zinc is found in high concentrations in the eyes and ears. If you are low on zinc, some doctors believe that it causes ear problems like tinnitus. Take no more than 15 milligrams of zinc a day unless under the supervision of a doctor.
I have had great success with messaging my ears. I believe it must increase the blood flow to my inner ear and it seems to hangup on my ringing ears!
I almost always reach for the garlic and for grapeseed whenever I have a problem with my ears. No matter if its tinnitus or an earache from some other reason. And so far, they have both helped more than I can say.
The ringing in your ears from tinnitus is a nerve racking condition. But I have found some real relief in the above mentioned alternative methods. This is how I hangup on my ringing ears. Hope you can hangup on your tinnitus as well.
Note: I am not a doctor. This is my experience. Always consult your doctor.