So what is tinnitus you ask? Do you ever have a ringing in your ears but when there is complete silence? Or when your trying to concentrate but cant get that high pitch sound to go away that nobody else hears? That is tinnitus.
Tinnitus – from the Latin word tinnītus meaning “ringing” is the perception of sound within the human ear (ringing of the ears) when no actual sound is present. Despite the origin of the name, “ringing” is only one of many sounds the person may perceive.
The sounds range from ringing, whistling, clicking or hissing, loud or soft, intermittent or incessant. Although most people find this mildly annoying and learn to deal with it, about 1-2% of people find it to be a significant problem.
What is the underlying cause to this subjective phenomenon? The most common cause is noise-induced hearing loss. Other causes include: neurological damage (multiple sclerosis), ear infections, oxidative stress, emotional stress, foreign objects in the ear, nasal allergies that prevent (or induce) fluid drain, wax build-up, and exposure to loud sounds.
Luckily there are some natural remedies that can help reduce these situations. Lets take a look at a few below.
Some Chinese herbalists recommend the use of sesame seeds for treating tinnitus. You could add these seeds to the foods you consume or use tahini, the bread spread made from sesame seeds.
Ginkgo biloba has been shown in many studies to be helpful for many health ailments related to aging, including memory loss, poor circulation and tinnitus.
As ginkgo improves blood circulation, it could help with cases of ringing in the ears which are associated with lack of circulation to the inner ear.
Tinnitus could be linked to a deficiency in B vitamins, and some people have found relief from the ringing by taking a B complex supplement.
Tinnitus is also linked to a deficiency in zinc. Zinc supplementation could thus be useful, as could the consumption of zinc-rich foods such as pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts, pecans and oysters.