John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
If you have tinnitus, your health care professional will first treat any
underlying disorders. There is usually no cure for tinnitus itself, but there
are many treatments that can help you manage the condition.
Treatments and therapies that may help you
Hearing aids can help with tinnitus if you have hearing loss.
If medication is the cause of the tinnitus, your doctor may switch you to
another type of medication (never stop taking any medication without first
consulting your doctor).
If tinnitus interferes with your sleep, behavioral therapies or medications
may help. Discuss these therapies and medications with your doctor.
Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) trains you to accept the sounds from
tinnitus as normal, helping you to be less aware of it. Masking devices resemble
hearing aids and produce low-level sounds that can help reduce awareness of
Similar to TRT, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may help retrain you
to feel less distressed with the noise of tinnitus.
Biofeedback can help you manage reactions to tinnitus, and may make it less
Discuss with your doctor any supplements you are taking such as vitamins (vitamin
E, niacin, copper).
Herbal remedies (ginkgo biloba, melatonin),
the vitamin zinc, and a treatment called transcranial magnetic stimulation,
are not recommended by the Academy of Otolaryngology.
Not all treatments work for all patients. Though tinnitus may worsen over
time for you, most people tend to find it less bothersome as time passes.