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How to Cure Tinnitus Naturally – Five Home Treatments

How to cure tinnitus naturally

A paradoxical saying that doctors often hear from their patients is that the latter would “rather be in pain than itch.” Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is exactly like that; just imagine an extremely annoying mosquito that you can’t take down. Its never-ending buzzing, whining, and whistling technically does zero harm to your life in general, but oh God how’d you wish it would end. Preferably in an easy and simple way, without having to call the pest control services. That’s why so many people want to learn how to cure tinnitus naturally, without going through all of that complicated and questionable approaches of conventional medicine.

Luckily, we’ve gathered quite a list of scientifically proven and totally natural ways that you can use to treat tinnitus at home, so get ready to smack your bothersome mosquito for good. But first, let’s take a quick look at the essentials.

What is Tinnitus and what are its causes?

Long story short, tinnitus is hearing in the absence of real sound. The features of this sensation vary from one person to another, but most people describe their tinnitus as ringing, hissing, and buzzing.

Most likely, you’ve already experienced this bothersome phenomenon at least once, after some sort of really loud sound in your immediate proximity. Like a fanfare blow to your ear, for example, which leaves that ringing feeling for long after the initial sound subsides.

How to cure tinnitus naturallyCommon causes of tinnitus include:

  • Significant noise exposure and noise-induced hearing loss

  • Ear infections

  • Certain drugs (aspirin and quinidine, for example)

  • Injuries to the head, including skull fractures

  • Certain diseases and medical conditions (anemia, migraine, nasal congestion, disturbances in intracranial pressure)

  • Depression, anxiety, several psychiatric disorders

This is an important point, because treating the initial condition may be an extremely effective way to treat tinnitus naturally. For example, if your ringing is caused by iron deficiency anemia, just eat plenty of foods that are rich in iron (red meat, leafy vegetables, dried fruit) to restore your inner supplies of this mineral, and the tinnitus is very likely to wither away. Likewise, if you are having an ear infection, treating it may be the best way to get rid of the ringing.

Signs and symptoms of tinnitus

Strictly speaking, tinnitus isn’t a standalone condition in most of the cases, but rather a symptom of another process or disease. As such, it can’t have signs of its own BUT it can be accompanied by other symptoms of the causing disease, and this could help you to pinpoint the possible culprit in no time.

Just take a look at these examples:

  • Tinnitus + headache, shortness of breath, paleness = anemia

  • Tinnitus + paresthesia (a feeling of itching or burning on the skin, sometimes a feeling resembling small insects crawling), sweating, increased salivation = mercury poisoning

  • Tinnitus + bullseye-like rash = Lyme disease

  • Tinnitus + fever, seizures, headaches, stiff neck = meningoencephalitis

This list is a very approximate and rough one, but with its help we want to emphasize that tinnitus rarely comes as the sole symptom (excluding those cases in which it is related to noise-induced and age-related hearing loss) of something. Please, look out for possible accompanying disorders.

Five natural ways to treat tinnitus at home

  1. Iron-rich foods

As we said a bit above, tinnitus can be a symptom of iron-deficiency anemia, which is fabulously treated by eating enough of foods that are rich in iron. The trick here is that no matter how much you eat of them, you will never get iron toxicity, while iron supplements can easily lead to it if taken in the wrong dose. That’s natural treatment for you!

tinnitus dietFoods rich in iron include:

  • Clams (23.77 mg / 3 oz)

  • Oysters (5.59 mg / 3 oz)

  • Lentils (3.30 mg / half a cup)

  • Raisins (2.73 / 1 cup)

  • Beef (2.21 – 2.62 mg / 3 oz)

  • Shrimp (1.81 mg / 3 oz)

  • Chicken (0.96 – 1.24 mg / 3 oz)

  1. Ginkgo Biloba

This beautiful plant, also known as the maidenhair tree, was confirmed to be a great way to treat tinnitus by multiple studies. Specifically, it is recommended to take a standardized extract of Ginkgo (like EGb 761) several times a day, especially in cases of age-related tinnitus when this can be the only symptom.

  1. Saline Solution

Nasal congestion can lead to tinnitus in certain cases, so it’s important to keep your nasal passages nice and clean if you want to get rid of that awful ringing. One of the easiest ways to do that is by preparing a saline solution and spraying it into each nostril with a nasal spray bottle or plastic syringe. The recipe is simple: just mix one teaspoon of salt in a cup of water, and that’s all. Repeat the spraying three times a day until achieving relief.

  1. Garlic

Garlic is a fantastic way to treat tinnitus at home in those cases when the ringing is caused by an ear infection. All thanks to allicin, a special component of garlic that has confirmed bactericidal properties. The instructions are simple: just heat a tablespoon of minced garlic in 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, cool down and filter the mixture. Carefully put 3-5 drops into the affected ear using a clean dropper. After 5 minutes of application, carefully tilt your head or just lay on your side for 10 minutes to let the excess oil pour out of your ear. Repeat this process 2-3 times per day.

  1. Foods rich in coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

This substance is essential for a proper metabolism of energy in the human body, as it helps to generate about 95% of it. An important study confirmed that coenzyme Q10 could alleviate chronic tinnitus in people with low plasma concentration of this substance. So, where can you get it from? The highest concentration of CoQ10 is found in chicken hearts (up to 132.2 mg/kg), pork hearts (up to 128.2 mg/kg) and beef hearts (up to 113 mg/kg).

How to Cure Tinnitus Naturally – The Bottom Line

As annoying as tinnitus is, try not to focus too much on it and always remember that it usually is a symptom of something else. By identifying the real problem, you will be able to solve it once and for all, and thus effectively getting rid of your ringing!

So stay alert, stay healthy, and everything will be fantastic in the end.

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26 Comments

  1. I’ve never had tinnitus as a long-term problem. However, I have had a few episodes after being exposed to loud music for some time. It almost seems as if the silence is deafening. You hear this ringing noise in your ear that won’t go away for a while. Lucky for me after some time it disappeared without needing any treatment or without it becoming too uncomfortable.

    In terms of cures or treatment, I’m not at all surprised to see garlic included in your list. Garlic is one of those foods that is good for pretty much any ailment.

    Thanks so much for sharing. I’m sure this post will be of help to anyone suffering from tinnitus. Especially the natural homeopathic solutions offered. Thanks

    Regards

    Kevon

    • Thanks for your comment Kevon. Most people will have experienced tinnitus at some point but fortunately it tends to pass. Also I agree with you about garlic being a good remedy for lots of conditions, it has a bit of a reputation as a cure-all and I use it all the time.

  2. Great article. Although I have not had to deal with this…..yet, I am sure due to the nature of my profession I will most likely experience it at some point. You have provided some excellent information to keep for future reference.
    A question though, is this something that can affect younger children as well and are the remedies you list here safe for them as well?
    Thanks again for the great information.

    • Good question Lance. Ear infections in children are very common and this can lead to tinnitus. If a child was suffering from an ear infection that was also causing the symptoms of tinnitus I would recommend using the garlic oil treatment, but all of the remedies listed are safe for children. Thank you for your posistive feedback.

  3. Very informative article. I am surprised to see how many symptoms can be involved in tinnitus. If you choose to read one of my articles, I talk about dealing with depression and it is interesting how tinnitus can lead to anxiety and depression. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks for commenting Rob, I have read your article and it was very interesting. I know through experience how suffering from tinnitus for a prolonged period of time can really change your mood and bring you down. So yeah, I agree the two are often linked.

  4. This is a really great article to me as i work in the airline industry. Headaches, stiff knecks, and ringing of the ears is something bi deal with. Ironically, I’m leaving ohare airport right now as i type this.

    Will definitely try some of these remedies. Thank you for the recommendations.

    • Hi benjamin, I’m glad you have found this post helpful. The work environment at airports can be extremely noisy, be sure to protect your ears at work because tinnitus is an unwanted issue later on in life.

  5. Great article . My father has Tinnitus probably due to age factor , he had always been reluctant to visit a doctor for this issue but do get disturbed a lot when he has this humming sound in his ears and we were unaware of these home treatments. Now I will ask him to go through your article and then he can naturally treat it. Thanks again for the detailed article.

    • Thank you for your positive feedback Practice, unfortunately age catches up with all of us and tinnitus becomes more likely as we age. I hope these remedies can help your father and at the very least I’m sure they will help to reduce the symptoms.

  6. I love this… I have had this for years now… you do just learn to live with it but it is so annoying this has helped very much thank you.

    • Thank you Michelle for your comment, we have no choice but to live with tinnitus and many people do just accept it. But there are many potential ways of reducing or even completely removing the symptoms of tinnitus and I hope that you have found one that works for you, from reading this post.

  7. This sounds exactly like a problem my uncle has, he has constant ringing in his ears and it drives him absolutely bonkers. I’ve forwarded your article his way to see if this can help him resolve the problem. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise!

    • Thanks for commenting and I’m glad that you found this article helpful. I really hope these remedies can help your uncle and it would be great to here back in the future if these remedies helped in anyway.

  8. I never heard of this before but knowledge is important in case you have something like this pop-up. Either way, it is good also the information on maintaining a good iron supply. It is good to make sure your body has what it needs to help protect it against all ailments. Thanks for the information.

    • Appreciate the positive comment Ronnie. Our diet can have a massive impact on our health if we are lacking in something. If someone has any type of medical condition, it can be helped by feeding our body with the right stuff.

  9. I have never had that annoying issue before, but I know several people who have. it is really hard to deal with. I didn’t know that you could use food for helping with the problem, but it is does not surprise me. Diet is the basis for all ailments and health. Very informative, thanks for adding to my knowledge that we are what we eat!

    • Thanks Cristy for your positive feedback. I am certainly a believer in that we are what we eat.

      Focusing on a diet that would help reduce my tinnitus synonyms, along with some additional supplements certainly helped me get on top of this tormenting problem.

  10. After having ringing in my right ear for a number of months, I’ve been looking for ways to either stop it or at least reduce the noise if at all possible.

    Unluckily, an ear infection caused my tinnitus.

    I really appreciate the natural remedies for treating the condition, and I’m especially thankful for the garlic method because it sounds very interesting.

    I’m definitely giving garlic and olive oil a try. Hopefully, if I apply the method long enough, the ringing should disappear. *Fingers Crossed*

    Cheers,
    Neil

    • Hi Neil, sorry to hear about your problem with tinnitus. It is rather unfortunate that it was caused by an ear infection but at least you know the source of the problem.

      Yes try using the garlic method, just follows the steps listed above and *fingers crossed* you will see results. I would be interested to see how this works for you, so please come back a share your experience.

  11. Sometimes my ears pain terribly and get clogged especially when I fly. It takes hours before I get relief after landing. Within a few days, I will get this ringing in my ear. I plan to get it checked at the doctor’s office, but these home remedies are worth a try. I will try using the garlic and olive oil mixture. I have used garlic before for other symptoms and it has helped tremendously. I hope it will help with my ear problem too. Great article.

  12. I have to say that this is one of the most enjoyable sites I’ve visited. I use to get a ringing in my ears a lot.

    I have never researched this before so I had no idea that a ringing in your ear was a sign of something else.

    I am; however, not surprised to hear that garlic can be used to eliminate the ringing. Garlic seems to be a cure for many things now days.

    Thanks for your post.

    • Hi Kathy, thank you so much for your kind words. The ringing in your ears can be caused by many different reasons and by identifying the cause first, you can choose a method for treatment. The use of garlic would be beneficial if the ringing in the ears was caused by an ear infection. This is because garlic has antibacterial properties which will help clear the infection, thus also stopping the tinnitus.   

  13. Hi,
    Thank you for the wonderful natural remedies for tinnitus. Doctors are so expensive, so if there is a natural home remedy with items found in my pantry, even better! I work in a hospital and I meet several patients who experience tinnitus, it sounds like a terrible thing to deal with. It is pretty common, but not easy to cure. These ideas are very simple and affordable, much more affordable than any copay at the doctor’s office! Thank you again, I will share this with family and friends.

    • Thank you for your great comment. Tinnitus is actually quite common, with over 50 millions people in America experiencing some form of tinnitus but awareness is not that high. It is also difficult to treat with no known cure, only drugs that help suppress the symptoms people are experiencing. That’s why I’m on a mission to find possible natural remedies to help people suffering from tinnitus, so please do share with your friends and family.

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