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Re: Tinnitis (more than you expected)

Posted By: Bob L (O-)
Date: Thursday, 27 April 2000, at 2:58 a.m.

In Response To: Tinnitis (Pixie O+)


There seems to be almost as many causes for tinnnitus (ringing or other noises in the ears) as there are people who have it. There are about 12 million people who have severe tinnitus in the U.S. and about 40-50 million who have it mildly or occasionally. The bad news is there is no set cure for tinnitus that applies to everyone. The good news is that there are many things you can try that may help or cure the condition. There is an organization called The American Tinnitus Association located in Portland, OR that offers information, support, a magazine, etc. Their website is

Tinnitus can be caused by certain medications. Since your tinnitus began during a recent bout with the flu, I wonder if you were taking aspirin, antibiotics or some other drug? If that is the cause, the tinnitus should gradually go away after you stop taking the medication. A few years back, I had a particularly bad case of the flu. The only good thing about it was that while I was sick, my tinnitus completely disappeared, only to return after I got well. After dealing with this problem for years now, I have been unable to permanently get rid of it. The tinnitus just comes and goes as it pleases.

There are numerous things to try: eliminate caffeine, reduce stress, stretch, eliminate irritating foods, use less salt, drink more water, lose weight, exercise more, go to a different altitude, exercise less, improve posture, avoid loud noises.People have found relief using the following: ginkgo biloba, black cohosh, ligustrum, mullein, pulsatilla, lycium fruit, cornus, cuscuta, foxglove root, alisma, St. John's wort, valerian, kava kava, GABA, manganese, any of the other vitamins and minerals, to name a few. There are many drugs that have helped people from Prozac to Xanax to amytriptyline. I don't have time to type them all here. There are masking devises, and various "tinnitus retraining therapies". Accupuncture, bio-feedback and other forms of energetic healing have been helpful to some. Neuro-cranial adjustments have helped. Homeopathics have been known to help such as thiosiaminum 6X.

Anyway, you are not alone and there is help out there to deal with this very troubling condition. Hopefully, yours will pass after you get past the effects of the flu and the medications you took.

Best Wishes,
Bob L

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