Natural Remedies to Treat Tinnitus

Eliminate Salt  

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Posted by Indira (Netherlands) on 09/20/2013
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I had tinnitus for first time in my life, and went online to look for help. Found a comment under a youtube vid. where someone said her mother healed it by desaltifying. She stopped eating any salt, drank a lot of water and jogged. To me this sounded exactly to what I had, since I was on sodium bicarb for some time and was expecting to get some salt issues.

So I stopped for one week. Every day the intensity was less but I wasn't sure if I was just imagining that or if it was for real.

Well, after 1week of no salt and lot of fluid. (incl. Beer) it was gone. And few days later I started eating salt again, but had no tinnitus any more. So I don't know if this is just a coincidence, or my tinnitus cleared by itself, so more people would need to test this.

I understood (but am not so sure if this is correct) that you hear your brain and not your ear. In this case too much salt would make some logics b/c salty wather lead electricity much better than sweet water. Any way I had to find some logic here for myself, again I really don't know nothing about ear's as well as eletricity. But I know so far 2 people where helped with this. The mother from youtube account and me. I hope to see more people will be helped by stop eating salt for at least a week.

Epsom Salts  

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Posted by Connie (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA) on 08/15/2009
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Drinking Epsom salt makes my tinnitus go away.

Essiac Tea  

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Posted by B.A. (Internet, Earth) on 07/29/2012
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Essiac Tea for Tinnitus

Two years ago I developed what first appeared to be a wart on my nose. It grew bigger and uglier over then next month. A dermatologist diagnosed it as first stage cancer. She wanted to cut a piece of my nose off. I decided to look into other possibilities.

I took essiac and after several weeks (just as I was beginning to think it didn't work) the "wart" started to appear dry and crusty. Two days later it simply fell off, no scar, no reoccurrence... Nothing. I also found that the brain tumor surgery-related tinnitus (ringing in the ear) that I'd had for over a dozen years had also disappeared. That seemed to back up many of the anecdotal reports I'd read and heard. So I started my mother on it.

Her doctor had told her that her age-related tinnitus was untreatable and that she'd soon go deaf. Several days after drinking essiac tea she called to let me know her tinnitus had completely disappeared, it hasn't returned since (a year later).

I'm NOT selling this stuff, and I don't think anything is a magic bullet for everyone, but just about any protocol for cancer I've read that embraces "alternative" solutions usually includes essiac tea (unless it's contraindicated with specific treatments like Cantron/Cancell).

There's an excellent book on essiac called The Essiac Report by Richard Thomas (published by the Alternative Treatment Network, Los Angeles, CA (1993). It backs up what I'd read in other sources that JFK's physician had publicly announced that essiac cured his colon cancer in the early 60s

Faucet Test  

Posted by Kristy (Sugar Land, Tx) on 01/22/2011

Have you tried taking the faucet test?

The faucet test involves the following. You stand near the sink and turn the water faucet on fully. Many people with tinnitus are unable to hear tinnitus sounds while standing near or close to running or falling water. One other way is to perform this test while in the shower. If either of these provide some relief then you would likely benefit from technique known as ?masking?.

Many trust a technique known as ?masking? that uses white noise to silence or make the ringing less noticeable or transparent.

This is treatment option is commonly used while undergoing other treatment options.

Replied by Mark
San Francisco

Thanks the running faucet test was brilliant.

My chronic tinninitus flared-up after after recent exposure to noise, combined with a bad cold. I turned on the faucet and found the masking provided instant relief.

Based on that I started looking for water sounds on youtube. Wave sounds did not work but rain sounds did. Lots of people have posted things like 10 hours of Rain on Youtube. I'm running it in stereo in my office now and what a big help.

I'm also trying the vinegar and honey combination. Not sure if this will reduce what I hope is a temporary flareup of tinninitus but the rain/water sounds are big help.


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Posted by Volsung (Belfast, Uk) on 07/06/2015
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I had been suffering rapid ear thumping in my right ear for a couple of months. They would sometimes be triggered off by a yawn or a burp but sometimes they would start seemingly without any trigger at all. The spasms could last about 6 or 7 seconds and occur 3 or 4 times per minute for up to 9 hours. I had also been suffering pulsatile tinnitus in my left ear probably due to a persistent ear infection.

I found that putting a largish piece of cut garlic in my right ear stops the thumping. I haven't had any for a while now. It is important that you cut the garlic to let the active vapours enter the ear. I would keep it in overnight. Also make sure the piece is large enough not to go down far into the ear canal.

Posted by Molly (Madison, USA) on 04/08/2008
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I had severe tinnitus for almost a decade. 24/7, there was a constant high frequency screech in my ears. Initially, I'd thought that I had become sensitive to noise, that I was hearing some type of generator or air conditioner in the far distance.

Anyway, I searched the Net in the 90s for a tinnitus cure, but nothing I tried had any impact.

I did become very interested in herbs, though, and in one book containing a chapter about garlic, the author mentioned that to get rid of an earache, simple get a bottle of cheap garlic oil pearls at the drug store, and at bedtime, pierce one of the pearls with a STERILE pin, and then squeeze the contents in the ear.

Months later, when it felt like I was on the verge of an earache, I decided to see if I could avoid one by using one garlic oil capsule.

The following morning, the longterm severe tinnitus was absent from that ear, and even greatly reduced in the other ear --- which that night I treated with ONE garlic oil pearl.

That was it - severe, persistent, LOUD screeching tinnutus of a decade's length was gone - and it has never once returned ever since.

Also, each morning, I'd notice that the ear treated with the garlic oil had drained out onto the pillow case overnight, and the discharge was totally deep dark black.

Obviously, I'd had an infection in my ears, but there was never any sensation of an earache or physical discomfort typical of an infection, simply the loud high frequency screech.

Replied by Dee
Central Texas, Tx

Perhaps the garlic soaked into the jaw area and killed microbes. Many people have undetected infections in their teeth/jaws. A biologic dentist told me of a patient who was suddenly freed from long term tinnitus as he cleaned out a back molar.

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc

There are different types of tinnitis and the causation will differ also. The garlic solution worked because that tinnitis problem was probably virally induced and garlic is an anti-viral. But notice the residue came out also. That means a wax buildup is there so anyone with ear problems first make sure the ear canal is cleaned... But main issue of tinnitis for many people could be an infection. Infection could cause tinnitis or equilibrium problems. If one has on-going tinnitis at least try colloidal silver gently shot up both ear with an ear syringe. Again, make sure the canal is clear of wax. The reason some people get water "stuck" in the ear canal is usually because of wax buildup issues.

Replied by Iamli3

Great to hear you had such high success with that garlic oil drop treatment, but you say it was an infection that was the cause of the tinnitus right? Would this same treatment still work for other causes like trauma or emfs?....

General Feedback  

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Posted by Andrea C (Wales) on 05/13/2014

Hi Valium/ Diazapam, all Benzodiazepines are well documented for causing tinnitus, or any sort of noises in the ''head'' or ringing etc in the ears. This will also be true of Benzodiazepines withdrawal as well. If you're on any Medications, chances are the Meds are the actual cause. as it's a common side effect of many Pharmaceutical's and even natural ones. If it turns out to be the Medicines, and you want to stop them due to any other side effects, then please be careful as certain one's GOT to be tapered down as too fast can cause its own problems.

And never ever stop Benzodiazepines or Z Drugs abruptly, it's highly dangerous and can cause seizures leading to a broken neck, death.

Also natural remedies that raise serotonin should be tapered as these have the same effect as pharmaceuticals like Prozac, Trazadone, Amyltrptyline , etc. And you will get withdrawal symptoms.

Love Andrea C xxxxx

Posted by Brandy (Los Angeles, California Usa) on 11/09/2012

With my TMJ, I had sporadic and constant forms of tinnitus for DECADES. After I had 3 molars pulled, the noises were pretty much gone. I knew the the nerves of my jaw were tangled up in the roots of my teeth. Simple change of jaw position was enough to make the transient noises stop.

But now... It's back! I KNOW it is a side effect of medication. It's two separate tones in each ear, so I can really hear it, and it's bad in quiet times.

I'm going to try my white noise machine and see if that helps at night, and I know I need to be more regular with the ACV as a whole, that stuff is like MAGIC! ALA, I dunno, I'll check to see if I CAN take it...

Anyway, folks, also consider your teeth and jaw in the tinnitus equation. I know having teeth pulled is an extreme solution, but if you are facing that anyway, at least there could be more good than bad asociated with the tooth loss!

Posted by Josh (Philadelphia, Pa) on 05/19/2011
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I developed tinnitus suddenly after a 15 minute cell phone call on speakerphone, during which the sound quality was very rattly and metallic, with the high points sounding something like breaking glass. The volume wasn't very loud or next to my ear - it was just a very cacophonous rattly pitch. Right afterwards my ears were ringing and my left ear continued to ring for over a week, at which time I visited an ear doctor who pulled out a large hunk of earwax and the ringing abated while in the office, but soon started up after I left (or maybe the white noise of air conditioning in the office disguised the ringing).

After a week of continuous ringing I theorized that the wild frequencies during the phone call screwed up my ears' micro-hairs, and that perhaps coaxing them back to harmony would take the opposite kind of sound frequency - a single balanced continuous tone (along with self-healing affirmations and a belief that my ear was healing). On youtube I found a 528 hz solfeggio frequency tone (just a single continuous tone) and played it over and over via good Bose headphones. After two days my tinnitus abated considerably. I have to mention at the same time I started listening to the tones, my devout grandmother prayed for my hearing, so whether it was the 528 hz tone, the prayers or some other factor (additional vitamins, garlic oil in the ear a few times, and CoQ10 supplements), I do not know. My ear is still sensitive to high pitched squeaky sounds and I wear an earplug to give my ear a rest, but the ringing is probably only 5-10% of what it was two weeks ago and I can live with it, whereas I could not before. I think the first step is believing you can be cured, rather than listening to doctors who say it cannot be cured. If a cut or broken bone heals, so can your ears.

Replied by Riverchaser
Tarrytown, NY

Thank you Josh from Philly. I think my tinnitus is a response to the growling sound of my cell phone vibration alarm or, a combination of small gentle ringing and that repeated vibration.

One morning I woke up and realized my cell phone had been making this repetative vibration sound while at the same time, I was sleeping/dreaming, I dreamt I was also hearing the cell phone vibration alarm and then woke. Ever since, about a week ago, I have this pulsing/drowing sound in my left year. I immediatly removed the phone from my bed and placed it across the room. The day before I removed it from my bedroom. Perhaps, there is a connection to cell phone and towers, computer waves etc and ringing in ones ears.

Tonight I placed a few very small pieces of garlic in a cotten ball and put it in my ear. It worked for an infection two years ago so maybe it might work for my recent tinnitus. I will try the ALA and the ACV deluted in water:)

Thank everyone who made time to share their experience and ideas. I hope we all find a cure.

Posted by Neal (Lafayette, La) on 03/24/2011

I have ringing in my ears (tinnitus). Would the Mini Beet Protocol cure this? It's supposed to re-build the DNA.

Replied by Wayseeker
Modesto, Ca/ Usa

Just to validate your experience with, shall we say, 'tones', I also hear polyphonic ear ringing sound. It is constant, yet changes, and is as you describe so accurately.

My mind also feels very flighty, fast, speedy when trying to sleep. Perhaps we are undergoing some kind of change at this time. Perhaps it is harp. Perhaps, perhaps. One fellow believes he got ray-gunned. I believe just about anything is possible nowadays. Mine first came when I was outside reading, and I suddenly felt like I was being blasted with something high-pressured. It has never left, three years now.

I get brief relief by stopping my ears with my fingers and applying medium pressure for a moment.

Stranger still, there is mention of 'noise' and a 'noisome noise' in Scripture, which can be aided as described just above, with fingers in ears. How odd is that? --T.

Replied by Davy
Port, Or

There are people who are sensitive to frequencey of cell phones, computers and the electrical meters they put on your homes limiting the use may help My ND told me high to use garlic mullein oil, and I also take high doses of vitamin C and 1/4 tsp sea salt mixed

Heather's Exercise  

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Posted by Heather (Ortonville, Michigan, Usa) on 04/14/2010
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I have been a Tinitis sufferer for a few years now and only realized that is what I had after researching here. I had only heard of the ringing symptom and the loud noise cause. I have a a very unnerving vibration that feels like it is going through the base of my skull and I am pretty sure mine is caused from combination of too many prescription drugs. I was prescribed Topomax, Soma, and Klonopin at the same time. My left ear is already compromised from a lifetime of chronic ear infections and have had the ear drum blow out at least three times, so lots of damage and scar tissue. I do not believe there is a cure for it, however I have found you can relieve it temporarily with some of the "cures" on this site and I am here today to tell you one of my own I have stumbled upon. If you suffer from this you know how desperate one becomes. Simply sticking your finger in your ear helps and stuffing it with cotton can help to sleep, or laying on the side that is the worst if you have it in one ear like me. The biggest relief for me though that surprised me is tucking your head in towards your chest. Makes sense if you think of basic anatomy and where your eustacian tube is etc that this helps. Keep your back kind of straight as possible and tuck your chin in toward your chest and see what happens. I hope it gives some relief to someone else if only for a short time, and for some rest! Blessings to you all!

Replied by Cat
Austin, Tx
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Hi Heather: I tried the head to the chest method and it brought the loud tinitis ringing I woke up with went down to a very low buzz. THANKS! I have come to the conclusion that tinitis is a direct result of what we put into our mouths that we are allergic to. Yesterday afternoon I had sour cream and eggs, two things I am allergic to. Before bed, my ears began ringing. I woke up to a loud, persistent ring and a swollen neck with lots of mucus. I immediately did your head to chest solution and ringing eased CONSIDERABLY. Took two straight TBLsp of ACV and wiped my neck with ACV and my swollen neck is going down. Later today I will take a tsp of VCO & 1/4 tsp cayenne for further aid.

Helichrysum Essential Oil  

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Posted by Randy (Hartland, Michigan) on 08/30/2016
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I have found helichrysum essential oil to greatly contribute to the reduction of tinnitus in as little as 3 days. The oil is massaged on the bone behind the ear. DO NOT put drops of the oil directly into the ear canal. A few drops can be put onto a cotton ball and placed in the ear overnight. There is an additional blend of other oils along with the helichrysum that I have not tried yet. So far the straight helichrysum is working wonders for me. A heads's not cheap but a very little is working wonders so far.

Replied by Laura J

Thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for. I have this oil (though it's probably old) and was wondering if this is what I needed. I know my ringing in the ears is from exposure to loud (rock band) noise when I was young. Thus, figured mine was from nerve damage and I do remember hearing from my EO company founder that they had repaired hearing in the deaf ear that was due to nerve damage. Thank you for your instructions!


Posted by Lisa (Lafayette, La) on 09/05/2010

I am reading an awesome book on women in this age range and tinnitus is often caused by hormone fluctuations associated with such. Try over the counter progesterone cream, USP bioidentical, NOT yam extract. Research a little on it. It makes a lot of things right again with women around general age of 30 and beyond.


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Posted by Cliff (South Carolina, US) on 06/30/2014
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Humming..relieves my tinnitus temporarily, reducing the high pitched noise. I put my index fingers in my ears and hum, the lower pitched hums helps me the most, very benefical at bedtime.

Hydrogen Peroxide  

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Posted by Ar (Los Angeles) on 10/19/2018
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I had a low level of tinnitus for decades, and complete hearing stoppage once about five years ago. HP cured the stoppage and I never wanted it to happen again so I started putting HP in my ears prophylactically about twice a week (it ALWAYS foams when I do it, that's how much wax my ears produce.) Anyway, I haven't had a stoppage again and the beneficial side effect is NO MORE TINNITUS!!!

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Ar, did you use regular 3% drugstore h2o2?