Patient Comments: Tinnitus - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your tinnitus?

Comment from: Carl, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 07

I tried a hundred different remedies for tinnitus and just about gave up hope. Here's my rundown of some of the better known treatments: Quietus is useless! It provided no relief and made me nauseous. Lipo-Flavonoid did seem to provide some relief but wasn't enough to justify the purchase. Tinniticil works well and makes my tinnitus very manageable. Arches works well enough but it requires you take too many pills.

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Comment from: GareauRA, 25-34 (Patient) Published: September 18

I was in the military and worked on aircrafts. At the time, using hearing protection just seemed silly. Now, I regret it. I have had tinnitus for about five years now. When I first was introduced to it, I let it consume my life, losing sleep, having anxiety attacks, and becoming depressed over it. It was because it was all I thought about for months on end. I will say this, thinking about it and dwelling on it does in some strange way seem to intensify it. After my first encounter, I struggled to cope with it. Then, one day, I came across an article where the author provided helpful tips to live with tinnitus. He said, “If you're concerned with the volume of your tinnitus, then try a simple test. Go to your bathroom or kitchen and turn on the faucet. If when the water is running you can't hear the ringing, your condition is weak in regard to someone who experiences dangerous volumes of tinnitus.” So I tried it. Much to my amazement, the water masked the ringing. That was my “light at the end of the tunnel.” I knew then that it wasn't something that would control my life. After that, it only got easier for me to live with it. And much to my surprise, for years after that, I noticed my self-awareness of it was minimal. I only heard it if I stopped and “listened” for it, and even then, sometimes I did not hear anything. But four years later, I have picked it back up and find myself lost in its trance. I'll get past this again because it's what we victims of tinnitus have to do to live. If you're new to the condition and find yourself lost, try the water test to see if it works for you. The water test won't cure your tinnitus, but it might just be what you need to get past the shock and learn to live with it.

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Comment from: sokhop, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 30

I had horrible noise and some pain for over 2 1/2 years. After 5 MRIs, 4 CAT scans and 31 doctors, nothing was found. Doctor 32 had me get an angiogram. Doctor 33 found I had a serious problem. Arteriovenous fistulae. I would think all of you would now go get an angiogram.

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Comment from: Lancelot, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 24

I've noticed that taking a multi-vitamin such as Centrum does indeed significantly reduce ringing in the ears. Note: I doubled the dosage to get maximum effect.

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Comment from: Wes, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 24

Chewing gum will help relieve some of the ringing in your ears and so will slowly rubbing the outer edge of the ears.

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Comment from: Debi, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 23

I met with a road accident five years back and got head injury. CT scan and other findings were found normal. But the day after the accident I started hearing a loud ringing sound in my right ear. A few days after, I started having an echo in my right ear which really makes me upset. Then I met ENT doctors and they gave me some medicine which stopped the echo but ringing sound is still as it is. I then took some homeopathic medicine which makes the sound milder. Now I am ignoring this sound as per the doctor's advice and feeling better now.

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Published: July 30

I've suffered from tinnitus for many years and it has gotten progressively worse as I've aged. A couple of weeks ago, the high pitched sound grew worse in my right ear. By chance, I arrived at this web site and read one of the comments about the individual who was taking vitamin E and how it worsened his tinnitus. I have been taking 400 I.U. of vitamin E for years (makes me look younger), so I didn't believe my increased problem might be due to my vitamin E intake. Coincidentally, I ran out of the 400 I.U. soft gells and by accident bought the 200 I.U. kind. A day or two after I took my first dose of the 200 I.U., the ringing stopped. Coincidence? I don't know, but I'll find out later when I increase my dosage again to 400 I.U. I bought a bottle of it the other day not knowing that it could possibly be my problem. So, if you're taking vitamin E and you suffer from tinnitus, you might want to consider reducing or eliminating your dosage. It might help. By the way, I still have my original tinnitus, it hasn't gone away. But the much increased ringing that occurred in my right ear is gone.

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