Tinnitus is the perception of ringing in the ears. It can have a variety of causes and effects about 20% of all people. Tinnitus is a sign of an underlying problem, and it isn’t serious in itself; only bothersome. Exact root causes are often hard to identify. Treatments usually involve masking the symptom or treating the cause. Here are some home remedies that can be tried for self-management.
Stay Away from Triggers and Irritants
Reduce your contact with things that might make your tinnitus worse. Common examples of things you should consider avoiding or limit the quantities you consume are cigarette smoke, loud noises, salt, aspirin, and nicotine. Triggers and irritants affect the blood flow to the ears. Blood flow to ears is key to reducing symptoms at their source.
Cover the Tinnitus Noise
Another option is to use some background noise or music to hide the tinnitus. The ear ringing might be more noticeable when it is quiet. So, run a fan, air conditioner, some soft music, or a white noise generator. White noise such as this can make the environment more relaxing too.
The noise can certainly make you stressed. The bad news is that stress will only make Tinnitus worse. Consider adding some daily relaxation to your schedule. Practicing yoga, tai chi, or meditation can help you relax. The relaxation will lead to a lessening of symptoms through reducing blood pressure and stress.
Reduce Drinking of Alcohol
Alcohol increases blood pressure and blood vessel dilation. It can only worsen the symptoms. Limit your consumption of alcohol and you will be taking steps to control your symptoms.
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Protect your hearing. If you work in areas with loud noise such as from machinery, loud music, or guns then use ear protection. These noises, over time, can damage your hearing and thus make tinnitus worse. In addition to workplace noise, be wary of listening to loud music especially for extended periods of time.
Get Regular Exercise
Good cardiovascular health is important to reduce problems with blood flow to the ears. Do some light exercise three to five times per week. A good example of this is brisk walking. Do brisk walking for twenty to thirty minutes. Look for opportunities to incorporate more exercise into your life. For example, taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
Get Enough Rest
Fatigue from lack of quality sleep worsens symptoms. Get seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Make sure your mattress and pillows are suitable and support you in your sleep. Set a routine of going to sleep at a similar time each night. All of these will prepare your body for sleep, and then your will get the most of your sleep.
Try Gingko Biloba
Gingko Biloba is considered the best herbal treatment for tinnitus. Take 50 milligrams of Ginkgo Biloba extract three to four times daily. Limit your treatment to six weeks. Gingko Biloba helps because of its effect on blood flow. In addition, it has antifungal and antibacterial properties which could also address underlying root causes.
Apple Cider Vinegar Could Help
Some have reported relief by drinking Apple Cider Vinegar. Mix two teaspoons of the vinegar with some honey in a glass of pure water. Drink this tonic two or three times a day until the ringing sensation ceases.
- Tinnitus is the perception of ringing in the ears.
- Reduce your exposure to items that trigger or make the tinnitus worse.
- Run a fan or other device to have some background noise.
- Do yoga, tai chi, or meditation to cause symptoms to fade.
- Reduce alcohol consumption.
- Wear ear protection and protect your hearing.
- Light exercise five times a week improves cardiovascular health.
- Quality sleep reduces fatigue which worsens tinnitus.
- Take Gingko Biloba to help with blood flow.
- Apple Cider Vinegar has sometimes helped.
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