Controlling Tinnitus: What works for you?

Posted by scottk @scottk, Jul 1, 2019

Hello: Has anyone on this site had any luck with controlling tinnitus? I see certain things advertised but always sceptical. Any thoughts/ideas?

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@naturegirl5

Yes, I did not focus on the medications in my reply but that is very true. Antibiotics were not the culprit for me. Tinnitus is also genetic and my father had tinnitus and the same pattern of hearing loss that I have. And then there is the noise factor because we live in a noisy world. Oy – don't get me started on noise (I'm the baby boomer generation and how many rock concerts did I go to and stand right in front of the speakers?). Many antibiotics, in particular, affect the cells in the inner ear (cochlea for hearing and semicircular canals for vestibular process). There are known side effects which are usually indicated in packaging information, and with some of these medications the tinnitus is permanent. (Full disclosure here: I trained as a speech-language pathologist and hearing is part of our training). But other medications besides antibiotics can cause tinnitus that is reversible when you stop the medication. It just depends on what a person is taking. Like you, nurseheadakes, a pharmacist is a good resource for this information if your physician doesn't have the answers you want.

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Mine is influenced by sleep and stress and my neck is out of wack. I take water pills, coz I had attack of spinning, throwing up, everthing & they said I have Menieres.
I have Graves’ autoimmune , some TED but it’s gotten better. hyperacusis, and osteoporosis.

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No & I’ve tried everything

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@bobbyboomer

I don't know if coffee is OK or not.

I usually have the Taurine+water first thing. Then I go about a few morning tasks, brush teeth, etc, and then have a cup of green tea followed by a cup of black tea.

I drink coffee later in the day.

But that's just me.

I found this:
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24615238/
It seems Taurine might diminish the effects of caffeine, but they are talking energy drink doses of caffeine.

I generally trust the National Institute of Health, pubmed site more than others. Since it's peer-reviewed in scientific journals, it's open to scrutiny by other scientists. That doesn't mean the author does not have an agenda, but it lessens it.

open pubmed and put taurine in the search box and there are plenty of articles written about it.

I do hope this works for you. Remember, it works gradually, and you won't know for a couple of months.

Over the years my tinnitus had diminished at least 90% and I have many quiet days, when before taurine, I had none.

If it works for you, I'll be happy for you.

Bob

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Haven’t tried taurine yet. Have tried rver thing else no help.

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@nurseheadakes

Ah…tinnitus What a noisy little buzz that is always pestering us when we least want it but can't get rid of it. Did you know there are some 50 million plus people with this milady and there is no cure for it? But research is being conducted on it in earnest. https://www.ata.org/news/news There is an actual organization that is exclusively directed towards Tinnitus and all of the information and answers you may have about how you can take care of yourself to minimize the effects of the buzz in your head. https://www.ata.org/understanding-facts Since hearing loss may be a part of the tinnitus or even contributed to the tinnitus, we can't discount learning about this as well. So, surround yourself with information and try to understand what you have and how this all adds up to help you identify what needs to be treated and how you can feel well despite what may not be the best outcome. We can still exist with what we have using tools to help us hear, see, move and exist in our world. We need to discover what those tools are and how they will help us. These organizations and people are there to help us do that. We are here in this place to find what's out there and to bring that here and say, that they have helped me. I have had the buzzing for years because of toxic meds -so it will never go away. I have hearing aids that mask them. I try not to listen to them. I drown them out with background noise, music, TV and other noises so that I don't always know that they are here. If I am busy, I don't know that I am having them. If I talk about them – they become loud. But If I don't talk about them and am busy with activities – they aren't really noisy. Meds I take do influence their effect but I take less of the ones that cause the most side effects. I hydrate myself well so that my body has enough fluids on board. Migraines are also part of my life but I keep my stimuli under control so that my tinnitus are also under control since they seem to work in tandem.
Check out the websites and see what you can find that is applicable to you. Write down those items you have tried and what might work for you. Keep a diary so that you keep track of symptoms – this helps when working with your doctors as it does with my doctors. It provides proof. Eloise

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It’s basically now I do better at home alone

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@passerby

It’s basically now I do better at home alone

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@passerby

I have tinnitus on one side and have also tried everything but watch my diet. I just finished a whole bottle of Taurine to no avail. There are good and bad days. I am halfway through Ginkgo Biloba…..no difference. I get my vitamins from Pure Encapsulations…not cheap but high quality.

The tinnitus is not that intrusive but being around loud crowds or music does make it worse. FYI I wear hearing aids which can help at times….

I don’t know if there will ever be a cure but so much of the population is affected by it and a lot of research has been done.

My thoughts

FL Mary

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@passerby

Agreed. 35 years in and nothing helps worsening tinnitus. My doctor told me to please let him know if I hear of a cure. Got to admit he does have a sense of humour that man. But not what I wanted to hear.

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Shalom and right back at you!

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…..same here, nothing stops it. Added to it for a year or so on and off… "musical ear"… no it's not when you cannot get a favourite tune or song out of your mind, you actually HEAR music, but its repetitive, like the first line over and over again; or now, hearing a machine running which may or not be running, sort of goes along with the tune/voices…. it isn't a mental health thing , according to what I have read, it's coupled with a bit of hearing loss…but it scared me , also I thought neighbour had radio turned up…. is it better than pain, yes, but better not to have it; tinnitus; hyperacusis… one day they will find a solution to all illnesses but am afraid I wont see it in my lifetime… thoughts go out to all fellow sufferers – another "non-visible" illness…not life threatening but certainly life altering in its own insipid way! J

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Tinnitus: Is there any help for this it is going me headaches and driving me crazy with anxiety?

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