Tinnitus is a condition that causes constant ringing, buzzing, and humming in the ears even in the absence of an external sound. The symptoms can go on and on, negatively impacting one’s quality of life, hindering proper hearing, and disturbing good night’s sleep.
Tinnitus is a growing problem. In fact, one in 10 Americans are living with the condition. Lead researcher Dr. Harrison Lin said, “Durations of occupational and leisure-time noise exposures correlated with rates of tinnitus and, accordingly, there are likely correctable risk factors that can be addressed in the workplace and at home.”
If you’re struggling with day-to-day living with tinnitus, here are some natural home remedies you can try for coping with and managing your tinnitus.
Apple cider vinegar: If you have an underlying infection that is causing tinnitus, then apple cider vinegar may help with the infection thanks to the home remedies antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Holy basil: Holy basil can be made into a paste and put into the ear to help clear out any bacterial infections.
Onions: Onions contain antibacterial properties. Put a few drops of the juice of a heated up onion into your ear to clear out bacteria.
Garlic: Garlic can be used to treat tinnitus caused by high altitudes or cold weather as it helps reduce inflammation. Make a paste with sesame oil and garlic and add a few drops into your ear.
Saline solution: Saline solution can help with tinnitus caused by blocked nasal passages. A saline solution can be sprayed with a nasal spray to help clear passages.
Mustard oil: Mustard oil is an antifungal agent, so it can help clear infections and boost the immune system.
Pumpkin: Pumpkin is packed with vitamin A, and a deficiency in vitamin A has been found to contribute to tinnitus.
Pineapple: Pineapple can help lessen inflammation and also contains vitamin A.
Tinnitus is permanent in about 25 percent of patients. In many cases, addressing the underlying cause of tinnitus can help ease the symptoms. Treatment methods may include taking antibiotics, removing obstructions or ear wax, changing medications or dosages, treating certain neurological illnesses, getting a surgery to correct joint problems, going for counseling for stress or depression, and getting dental work done.
If no underlying cause has been identified, then alternative treatments may be required. Common options include wearing a device (similar to a hearing aid) that provides soothing or pleasing sounds, training the brain not to hear the annoying sounds, wearing hearing aids in case of hearing loss, as well as avoiding loud sounds, caffeine, and stressful situations as all these factors can aggravate your tinnitus condition.
If managing tinnitus on your own is a challenge, speak to your doctor about your treatment options.