Patient Comments: Tinnitus - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your tinnitus?

Published: July 22

About 4 months ago, I started getting extreme noise/ringing in my ears. I went to the doctor and he said that I was clenching my jaw at night because of stress which may be a factor in the tinnitus. I also thought I would go crazy. I started wearing a mouth guard to ease the clenching which has helped my jaws feel better, but didn't do a thing for the tinnitus. Time has helped me to get used to it. I am also in the throes of menopause and wonder if hormones may have something to do with it. I am going to try the multi vitamin that someone else suggested. Good luck to all of us, and if anyone finds a "cure", please share it with us!

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Published: July 15

I had an attack of vertigo 6-8 months ago, the doctor prescribed me some medicine, the room was spinning, I felt sick it was terrible, the high pitched noise in my ears has got worse in the last few weeks, in the day I don't notice the noise because of the radio, TV set, and everyday noises mask it, but at night when its quiet that's the worst, it does not keep me awake at the moment I sleep OK, listening to the birds singing in the morning, and the wind, is peaceful, I eat as much fresh veggies and fruit as I can, I don't smoke, I drink a glass of Perry occasionally.

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Comment from: LarryG, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 26

In the Navy I worked around aircraft and flew six years on a flight crew, this was long ago and we didn't use ear/hearing protection. I have had loud noise for 10-15 years. A couple of years ago I started to "hear" noise on top of noise ie. a high pitched ring with clocks ticking on top of that (it wakes me up). I read somewhere that gabapentin (Neurotin) would help and it does take care of the top level of noise ie. the clock ticking sound. I take 300mg twice a day, check with your doctor.

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Comment from: Jasmine, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Over the past few months I began noticing a ringing in my ears that was getting louder and louder, even waking me up at night. I came to this web site last night and saw the comments about vitamin E which I had also started taking recently. I did not take one this morning and by mid-day the ringing had stopped. Needless to say... I am thrilled. Not sure if I'll try the 200 IUs -- I'm enjoying the quiet too much.

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Published: July 09

I've been bothered by tinnitus for 25years and noticed that my tinnitus flares up the most after using vitamin E especially the one man made. I read quite a bit about this problem but never heard anybody mentioning E vitamin. If you have tinnitus and use E vitamin in any form try to stay away from it for few days and you'll see a great difference. Vitamin E manufacturers might not like it, but it's worth trying.

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Published: July 09

Hi, I have suffered from tinnitus for the last 3 years, last year I started on a product called Centrum, it is a multi-vitamin supplement, it appeared to lower the level of the ringing in my ears. Thinking it did nothing, I stopped taking the tablet, much to my horror the loud ringing had returned, it became very uncomfortable. I have started to take these tablets again and it has lowered the level of ringing to a good level again. It is worth trying as it has helped me a lot, but it may not work for everyone.

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Published: June 03

As a musician, episodes of tinnitus are a professional and personal disaster. I have found that a regimen of 40mg prednisone for two days relieves the symptoms within that time - then follows the necessary backing down off the predinisome - 35-30-25-20-15-10-5 (i.e. the next 7 days). This is not a permanent fix, however, since the underlying cause of the auditory nerve inflammation which I suspect is the root cause has not itself been addressed. It would appear that tinnitus is effectively an inflammation of the auditory nerves that causes improper interpretation or corruption of the electrical signal passed by that part of the nervous system to the brain. I generally experience as hearing pitches in one ear a half step lower than in the other - or, in more extreme cases, when both ears are effected, the effect of sum and difference tones in addition to the primary frequency of the sounds being "heard." In music, of course, that is since we hear single primary frequencies and the not the usual mixture of virtual white noise, the "distortion" or simultaneity of pitches is even more, indeed catastrophically disturbing.

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