Although it’s one of the most common hearing conditions in the world, tinnitus is still highly misunderstood – even by those who have it. The unexplainable, untreatable ringing has confused doctors and patients alike, making it difficult to diagnose and deal with. While there is no cure for the condition, we asked our audience what the most bizarre home remedies they had heard of. From simple lifestyle changes to herbal concoctions – we’ve found the most different and outrageous treatments to share with you. Before we go into them, remember the best advice if you are experiencing tinnitus is to visit an audiologist to provide professional medical advice.
Change your diet
We don’t often think about what we’re eating is impacting our ears, but Paula H. said she was given a list of foods to avoid when she was first diagnosed with tinnitus. Now, this news may be a hard to swallow, but caffeine (including coffee!), chocolate, orange juice, tomatoes, and other highly acidic foods made the list. “Everyone has a different system, so my major trigger was oranges,” she told us on Facebook. “Look at what you love most and try eliminating it for a while – it’s worth a try. I still eat oranges, but I limit them, and I’ve found the noise to be significantly less frequent.” While it’s always good to lead a healthy lifestyle and cut out foods which may be bad for your health, we can confirm there is limited evidence that diet and exercise can treat the effects of Tinnitus.
Try Ginkgo Biloba
Tim S. shared he’s heard of taking Ginkgo Biloba extract. This extract from a large-leafed plant commonly found in Asia is used to treat memory loss, headaches, dizziness and… Tinnitus? We’re not so sure!
Add apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been all the rage for a while now, as it’s claimed to treat various conditions and boost overall health. As an antifungal and anti-inflammatory agent, it’s gained a positive reputation with natural health enthusiasts. Simon Z. suggests mixing two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and a small amount of honey in a glass of water, then drinking this solution two or three times daily until the ringing sensation in the ears is relieved. We wouldn’t recommend this home remedy for those with a weak stomach!
Keep sound around you
Chris F. suggests never letting allowing yourself to sit in silence. “I just keep sound around me” he shared. Light noise can often distract you from the effects of Tinnitus, but in the long continued noise, even if it’s light, can make your Tinnitus worse.