Tinnitus Awareness Week: Tinnitus treatment, diet, cognitive training

Tinnitus causes, signs, and symptomsIn recognition of National Tinnitus Awareness Week, taking place from February 6–12, Bel Marra Health has created a collection of articles featuring information about tinnitus treatments, a diet for those with tinnitus, as well as cognitive training strategies.

Tinnitus causes, signs, and symptoms

Tinnitus is a hearing condition where a patient hears a constant ringing, buzzing, or humming, even when no sound is present. For some, tinnitus may only be noticeable at night or in quiet environments, as the ringing isn’t as obvious when there’s another noise. Because of this constant ringing, tinnitus can stop people from getting eight hours of solid, uninterrupted sleep due to constant tossing and turning.


Tinnitus may also make it difficult for a person to pay attention to others or concentrate on one thing, so it definitely has a negative impact on one’s overall quality of life. Continue reading…

Tinnitus treatmentTinnitus treatment: Exercises and therapy to manage ringing in the ears

Tinnitus treatment can involve medical intervention or natural remedies. Although there is no cure for tinnitus, there are ways to manage the condition.

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, or getting dental work done. Exercise has also been shown to be an effective treatment option. Continue reading…

Tinnitus treatment may work to alleviate ringing symptoms by retraining the brain: StudyTinnitus treatment may work to alleviate ringing symptoms by retraining the brain: Study

Tinnitus treatment may work to alleviate ringing symptoms by retraining the brain. Professor Michael Merzenich at UB San Francisco, not involved in the study, commented “This work is the most clearheaded documentation to this point of what’s actually happening in the brain’s cortex in ways that account for the ongoing genesis of sound. As soon as I read the paper, I said, ‘Of course!’ It was immediately obvious that this is almost certainly the true way to think about it.”
Merzenich is a chief scientific officer at Posit Science, which develops software to retrain the brain by improving memory and addressing issues such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, and tinnitus.

“Two million Americans are debilitated by tinnitus. They can’t work, they can’t sleep. It’s life destroying and a substantial cause of suicide. These experiments have led us to rethink how we attack the tinnitus by our training strategies,” Merzenich continued. Continue reading…

Tinnitus diet: Foods to eat or avoid to manage tinnitusTinnitus diet: Foods to eat or avoid to manage tinnitus

Tinnitus is a hearing condition where a person hears constant noise even when it is absent.


If not well managed, tinnitus can negatively impact a person’s life, and although there is no cure, it can be managed with natural remedies.

Diet is one of these natural options to improve hearing. Below you will find the foods to eat and foods to avoid for better managing tinnitus. Continue reading…

Cognitive training may aid those with severe tinnitusCognitive training may aid those with severe tinnitus

A recent study conducted by the Washington University School of Medicine has revealed a potential connection between the effects of severe tinnitus and cognitive training. Dr. Jay F. Piccirillo led the study with the purpose of observing how cognitive training can affect and even aid patients with severe tinnitus in improving their working memory, selective attention, and processing speeds. Issues with these areas—as well as reaction times—are all symptoms associated with severe tinnitus, and to address these issues, Dr. Piccirillo and his associates developed a cognitive training program based on neuroplasticity. The program, called Brain Fitness Program – Tinnitus, consists of 11 training exercises ranging from acoustic stimuli and continuous speech to visual stimuli, and was aimed at addressing and evaluating the attentional effects of tinnitus. Continue reading…



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