Finally, a treatment for that buzzing in your ears
May 24th, 2012
06:31 PM ET

Finally, a treatment for that buzzing in your ears

Imagine the incessant, grating sound of buzzing in your ears - or constant beeping, whistling, dripping, or clicking.  Imagine the chatter of crickets or birds resonating in your head all day long.

Then realize that there are no actual birds or crickets. No dripping faucet. No clicking or whistling happening in the vicinity.

That is a small glimpse of life with tinnitus:  The perception of sound, that doesn't exist, manufactured by the brain.  

"I hear tree frogs and crickets and bugs, and really loud noise on top of that," said Ginny Morrell, 60, who has suffered with tinnitus for two years. "It started one day and never went away. It never wavers, 24 hours a day."

Morrell says she fills her life with sound - a radio during the day, a television droning in the background while she sleeps - as a way to drown out the din.  It's a distraction that sometimes works.

"It's not going to kill me, it's not cancer," said Morrell.  "But it might drive me crazy."

But according to a new study, the most effective treatment for Morrell's tinnitus may involve just the opposite of what she's currently doing: Rather than ignoring the sound, focus on it.

"In the study we thought, what if we try to intervene in this avoidance behavior and we expose patients to their tinnitus sounds," said Rilana Cima, the study's lead author and a clinical psychologist at Adelante Centre of Expertise in Rehabilitation and Audiology in the Netherlands.  "If you expose people to something they're afraid of, they actually habituate to this stimulation."

Cima compares the approach, which has its roots in cognitive behavioral therapy, to helping people with a spider phobia to slowly stem that fear.  Intermittent exposure to a spider - or in the case of tinnitus, that annoying buzzing - may temper the fear associated with it.

The study, conducted in the Netherlands, involved 492 patients. Half received an audiological work-up and no other structured treatment, while the other half received integrated care, including tinnitus-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. 

The therapy included having patients perform mundane, everyday tasks, while being exposed to whatever sound is associated with their tinnitus. 

"People usually avoid their own sound," said Cima.  "So they practice paying attention to their sound and what reactions they're having because of that sound."

Among the group who got the therapy, about 70% reported improvements in their quality of life or decreased tinnitus a year after beginning treatment. 

Importantly, for a malady that has its roots in the brain, many patients also reported improvements in tinnitus-related fear and anxiety. 

"The sound didn't disappear but fear reactions did," said Cima.

What makes tinnitus so difficult to treat is that it is virtually impossible to pinpoint the origin of the sound (there is no established neural origin for the condition) and each sufferer's experience is unique.  That makes it difficult to craft a treatment that works for everyone.

The study, published today in the Lancet, is one of the first rigorous trials suggesting relief for the approximately 50 million tinnitus sufferers in the U.S., according to the American Tinnitus Association.

Richard Salvi, a tinnitus expert with the Center for Hearing & Deafness at the University of Buffalo, said the study is important and should be encouraging for people like Morrell.  But, he adds, most tinnitus sufferers are looking for a cure.

"Many tinnitus patients expect immediate and complete cessation of their tinnitus," said Salvi in an email to CNN.  "None of the current treatments meet these patient expectations. Consequently, much more work needs to be done."

Morrell is heartened that a treatment may be out there but, from where she sits in small-town Brockton, Massachusetts, it seems elusive.  She says few physicians in her area understand her condition, let alone how to treat it using cognitive behavioral therapy.

"I had one doctor say to me I should take Klonopin (an anti-seizure/anti-anxiety medication) for my tinnitus," said Morrell.  "He said to take one the first day, two the second, and to keep stepping it up to 12 a day if I needed to. Can you believe that?"

What nags Morrell almost as much as her condition, is the fear associated with it - that it will get worse. 

Mostly, she wants something simple that she used to take for granted:  "My issue with it is not hearing silence," she said.  "I will never hear silence again."

What Morrell craves is a reset button that will make the noise disappear. 

Curing tinnitus may never be that simple.

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  1. Nodack

    As a forty something musician I have had tinnitus for a long time. I barely notice it anymore even though it's as loud as ever. It's just background noise I tune out for the most part. A cure would be nice, but I don't count on it. I also recently saw an over the counter medicine that claims to help. Crowded loud places make it hard to understand other people in a conversation.

    May 25, 2012 at 17:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tim

      Nodack, I am doing work with a discipline called EFT. I have listed my contact info below. If you are interested give me a call. This is not a sales pitch nor do I have anything to sell. I do have the free manual to learn EFT, for those interested. Thank you.
      To those who suffer from this noise, which I also suffer from for the last 15+ years. I am beginning to achieve results using a procedure call EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique. I am doing research, as a layman, using different approaches to tinnitus, such as tapping on statements surrounding the tympanic membrane, the cochlea, the ear canal and various variations. I am experiencing relief which started out as a 7 on a scale of 0 – 10, first day use went to 0 the next morning for the whole day, what a relief, then came back to a 4. I have continued tapping using different phrases to bring it to conscious awareness. Today which is four days since my silent day I am at a 1! I plan to create a marketable cd to help people once I experience lasting results. Anyone wanting to learn more or get phone help and additional knowledge may call me at 408-888-9290. Email: bestdealnow65@yahoo.com. Good luck to all of the sufferers of this very anoying malady. Thanks for reading my post. Tim

      May 25, 2012 at 20:42 | Report abuse |
    • Skipp Foote

      This is for any and all who suffer from Tinnitus. I have had the ringing and other sounds in my ears for years. It started in my early 50's and I'm 71 now. I can not remember a single day during this period that I had any relief from the noises. this evening around 7 pm I was heating some coffee in the microwave and I told my wife who was washing dishes that a car had just pulled into the driveway. she looked at me and said she heard nothing, and she has ears like a fox. A minute later my son walked in the door. My wife asked how the hell did i hear him as everyone tell me I'm deaf and need a hearing aid. I have told everyone for years I'm not deaf but it's the noise I hear in my ears over everything else, the ringing, buzzing, crickets and ticking. It was forgotten about until we went to bed and I turned down the TV because it sounded to loud. I have to have the TV on every night to try and cover up the ringing and the wife is forever complaining the the TV is way to loud. So she again made a comment about me turning the TV down. Suddenly, I realized that i was hearing things in the room that I normally do not hear, like the fan on my PC, which I had forgot to turn off, the little dogs breathing. Jesus crimimny babe, i don't have the ringing or anything else going on in my ears tonight. that's how i heard Gary (son) come in tonight. What has happened? What have I done differently lately? Well, my Doctor just told me the other day that I tested positive to being in the early stage of Diabetes, knowing I am a heavy drinker of Soda Pop, Mountain Dew, on average 4 or 5 cans a day, every day for the past 40 odd years, he tells me I have to stop drinking the pop NOW. So I have cut down to only 1/2 can a day for the past 5 days. I don't drink coffee so the 1/2 can keeps me from the caffeine headache. The only other change was that I had an abscessed tooth last week and took some Doxycycline Hyclate 100 mg for 7 days. I jumped out of bed, got on the computer and started checking those pills online. Came across some info on a medical site that said sometimes the Hyclate is used in treatment for Tinnitus. I happened across this CNN site and saw there was a posting area and couldn't start typing quick enough. I don't have a clue why there is no ringing or buzzing going on in my ears at the moment, But Thank God I have some relief after all these years. I may wake up in the morning with ringing but for the moment it's totally gone. I'm hearing my TV behind me and it's plenty loud, just checked the volume level and it's at 30, normally I have to set it at 70 to 76 level to hear it comfortably. Fellow sufferers if you drink pop in abundance, Stop now and see if it helps you. If that doesn't help have your doctor give you a script for those pills I took. 1capsule in the morning before eating and one in the evening before eating, for 7 days. Those two things were the only changes in my lifestyle in the past two weeks so it had to be one or the other that cleared my ears. I wish every sufferer Luck and hope there is relief for all of you also. Skipp Foote

      January 15, 2014 at 07:53 | Report abuse |
  2. neil

    I have tinnitus. Tons of vitamins keep it down, especially A & E and Magnesium. Its still there but its a low buzz cricket type more often than a whining high pitch insane whistle. I also find sleeping on my back helps, any neck tension increases the sound. Tinnitus is a pain in the butt, but there are worse things in life, like hyperacusis!!! Now that really sucks. Any sound is so loud it blows your mind, even a quiet chirping of a bird.

    May 25, 2012 at 22:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • João Humberto Silva

      Hi Neil. I have my tinnitus on the past 10 or more years and it sucks but I can live with it. Most blood thinners helps like Ginkgo Biloba (Ginkgold Max that costs about US$ 20 per month) for example before going to sleep. The air conditioning fan is the best and there is a inexpensive alarm clock model Timex-Redi which has a fantastic background sound and always you need to sleep on your back. I got used to it even sometimes I just sleep on the side and try to take the constant sound. I understand that so far there is no cure. That is life no? These background sounds evidently upset my precious wife that has to put a noise blocker on her ears to sleep on my side or send me to the couch in another room to give her a break once in a while. Pardon for my English because I speak other languages and cannot speak or write it properly.

      July 6, 2012 at 19:40 | Report abuse |
  3. Vince

    I have Tinnitus for more then ten years and from a scale of one to ten, it is a nine now. It was so bad last October, it put me in the Hospital for three days. Their are things I don't understand and Ihave tried to explain it to my Doctor what Iam going through but he has no answers except to say try Lipo-Flavonoid three times a day. I live in Florida and I believe the Weather plays a big part with my Tinnitus. I saw on the internet that in Brazil, they are treating Tinnitus with a Drug called Campral and are having a 80% sucess rate. In the US they use this Drug to treat a drinking problem and has not been approve to treat Tinnitus.

    May 26, 2012 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. HK Phooey

    Have had tinnitus for over 10 years, now side effects of a medicine for another condition have caused more tinnitus at another pitch...so I have two pitches going all the time now. Wish they'd cancel each other out sound wise, no such luck. Major disappoint with headline, thought there would be a cure mentioned in this story. Phooey!

    May 27, 2012 at 00:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Marielaina Perrone DDS

    I have a very good friend who suffers from this. He avoids loud situations at all costs. Otherwise he is able to deal with it. I am sure there are varying levels of tinnitus.

    May 27, 2012 at 00:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Ba'al

    So that is what it is called. I have been going to heavy metal and rock concerts since 1978 and like my stereo, the louder the better. Maybe a little less loud these days but still 100 decibels at least.
    It is something I always knew could damage my hearing so it is my choice and I have to live with it. Of course some of the noises I hear, other than the occasional ringing are probably auditory hallucinations but they are probably from drinking too much coffee and RC Colas during the day.
    Sometimes when I am around radio or microwave towers I hear alot more noises that are not really there other than I hear them.

    May 27, 2012 at 08:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Dr.Watch

    I don't know what to say about that? I am really confused. I know the article is about something that clears noise in ears but I don't think it's much detailed.

    May 27, 2012 at 14:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Yam

      Methinks Claire's been hitting the bottle.

      June 7, 2012 at 23:23 | Report abuse |
    • Shirley Peel

      Interesting report. It seems to be suggest treatment that is just the opposite to what has been used in the past. I'm sure it will give tinnitus sufferers some hope for relief. Look forward to reading more about this method.

      April 10, 2013 at 08:45 | Report abuse |
  8. Ryan

    I have had tinnitus since early childhood, and didn't know it until I was about 16. I have always had a high-pitched ringing in my ears but always thought it was normal. It's weird, but I don't know what silence sounds like. I think this is probably why it's easier for me to tune out. I used to listen to the ringing all the time, so it makes sense to me reading about this study that paying attention to the sound helps curb tinnitus-related anxiety. It will be interesting if they ever identify the source of this condition.

    May 28, 2012 at 08:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Arimaspy

      Same here. All my childhood, I thought "silence" was a whistling sound, and never thought to mention it to anyone. In my mid-teens, I heard about tinnitus and realized I had no idea what perfect stillness is like. It doesn't bother me since I can't really imagine not having it. I guess I'm lucky it's mild enough that it doesn't interfere with my hearing. If I really focus on it, I can almost hear both a steady whistling and a high-paced chirping. Oh, well. My very own orchestra.

      July 6, 2012 at 18:58 | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    My father was an avid hunter. As a boy he would take me to the rifle range. He would teach me gun safety and how to handle high powered rifles. I once asked him about ear protection as I saw others wearing coordinated outfits, tinted glasses and headgear. His reply being, "He looks like a girl and you don't wear headsets in the field." By the time we would get back to the car my ears would be ringing so badly I could barely hear. I am sixty two now. My father is gone. How I wish I would have had a pair of headsets. To this day the ringing is constant and at times deafening.

    May 30, 2012 at 13:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. lady barbara

    I've had it since childhood. It's such a part of me now that I really don't pay that much attention to it. Mine sounds more than electrical current that chirping. I do however, notice that when I have a bad sinus headache or cold, that it does seem louder. Nothing that I can't deal with.

    June 7, 2012 at 08:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Waida Liu Godfrey

    Mine is a "high pitch PBS television going out of the air" kind of noise. My doctor told me to use the tip of my tongue to forcifully touch the roof of my mouth to relax the muscle. Stops immediately.

    June 21, 2012 at 22:26 | Report abuse | Reply
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  13. rhonda branch

    I thought I was losing my mind, thanks for all your post. I have a family of crickets in my ear. It seems to be getting worse as time passes. My doctor says it could be my blood pressure which I take medication for, I am under a lot of stress right now and wonder if that could be making it worse. I have never had many ear problems. I use a fan at night to drowned out the sound, its during the day when its quiet when its the worse.

    November 20, 2012 at 13:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Enrique Andrulis

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    November 25, 2012 at 04:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Val

    Hi....I have this too....worse with even a slight stuffy cold, very high pitched and hard to sleep..so I iwear headphones and listen to talking books...I can still here it but I try and concentrate on the words....that can help at night. As can a fan in the summer ...day time it is not so bad unless I concentrate on it. Oh for silence.

    December 27, 2012 at 18:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Val

    Oh and I heard that an operation can remove something in the ear that can leave you deaf but at least sound free in one ear. A consultant told me about this .but sounds a bit unpleasant ....

    December 27, 2012 at 18:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Anna

    I'm shocked that this article doesn't mention the device that has been doing this already for years. NEUROMONICS!

    Although relatively expensive, I made the investment out of desperation and I'm thrilled I did. It is programmed to play back the sounds you are hearing and hides it in soft, relaxing music. It helps relieve stress because of the relaxing tones, and the tinnitis as well as hyperacusis improves drastically in 6 months. I rarely notice mine anymore after not being able to sleep for 4 years.

    I'm 20, so now I bring it to class once in a while to stay focused and to not hear the ringing during tests. I really encourage you to look it up!

    January 24, 2013 at 14:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Elizabeth H. Superczynski

    Hello fellow sufferers of tinnitus. At times I think I'm going insane. My tinnitus is all over the map. I will have silence for a day and then it comes roaring back like a freight train. Even though they say not to wear earbuds I do with the music cranked up all the way so I don't hear the noise. Sometimes after wearing the buds the noise is quieter but that doesn't last long. My tinnitus started in October of 2008 one month after having a tooth pulled. And I've been fighting the battle ever since. I've gone to Urgent Cares all over town and ER's to get steroid injections because that gives silence but it doesn't usually last for more than a day. I had all my teeth worked on because my first ENT told me my bite was off. But it's only been 3 months since the teeth work. I refuse to believe that it will never go away. Sometimes in the middle of the night and I have silence then after I go back to sleep and then get up it's back. I can't function normally. I avoid going out if I don't have to. I have a headset to listen to while I watch tv and that is a lifesaver. I started taking Lipoflavonoid 2 months ago and am so hopeful that this will help. HA, a fan would never drown out the noise for me to sleep. I need to be medicated and have ear buds in at night with just music and no lyrics. This tinnitus had robbed me of a normal life. I get so depressed. I am under a doctor's care but other than the steroid shots which you can't get all of the time there isn't anything they can do. None of my medicines are attributing to it. I contacted the Tinnitus Association to send me out their information a long time ago and still haven't gotten it but I did get an e-mail from them asking me or money(not a good sign). I've had an MRI and two CAT Scans that were normal and 4 hearing tests in the past 4 years and my hearing is fine. I don't go to movies, art festivals, volunteer, church, the gym, art classes, all the things I did before this started. Can I say I'm learning to live with it, no, but I am living with it. Wish I could just say don't let it bother you and go ahead and do all that stuff anyway but I just can't. Outdoor stimulation makes it worse. Too many noises going on at once. But on a silent day and I go out that stuff doesn't bother me. I wonder have they done any research on brains donated to science? I can't explain how bad mine is to the few people that I speak to, they just can't understand it. I pray the Lipoflavonoid will eventually make it better.

    January 29, 2013 at 12:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Elizabeth H. Superczynski

      I'm sorry I just saw I misspelled a word. Please overlook it. I should have proof read it before I posted it.

      January 29, 2013 at 12:12 | Report abuse |
    • Hye

      After reading your post, I feel the exact same way as you. When the doctors give you a steroid shot, are they doing it in your ear or somewhere in your neck? Thank you

      March 20, 2013 at 09:02 | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Don't wear ear buds. I listen to headphones myself and my baseline of tinnitus goes down after listening, for about an hour or two. It does not seem to make it worse. I also don't hear my tinnitus while playing them. (I didn't get tinnitus from sound, by the way). But ear buds I don't recommend. Use over the ear OPENED or SEMI OPENED headphones only. And go to the stevehoffman forum and read about the different pressings of CD's and HDTracks. Some CD's will cook your ears, they are mixed that loud.

      June 17, 2013 at 22:26 | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Elizabeth- I developed tinnitus about a year and a half ago and I was so stressed out that my doctor prescribed klonopin to help calm me down. I took it before bed one night and had the best sleep in 3 months. The next morning it was gone for 3 days and then came back so I took another one and the same thing happened. I then searched klonopin and tinnitus and came across the doctor that is referred to in the article. The woman completely dismisses this in the article as a joke. The doctor has been using this for 25 years at the harvard medical school and is an expert on tinnitus. His name is Robert Levine. I have been on 0.5mg (the lowest dose) of klonopin for a year and no ringing. I have gone off it a couple of times for a few days and the ringing comes back. when i take it I have complete silence. Dr. Levine has an youtube video explaining how it works. Just search Levine tinnitus and it will come up. The amazing thing is that it only has 800 views. Everything else that is suggested here in the comment sections I tried and they don't work. It works for 74% of people in the study he did with 5 other doctors.

      November 2, 2013 at 00:09 | Report abuse |
  19. Ian

    Is there a Dr. or qualified person around the Vera, Spain, area who can help with this problem, which I have had for some years?

    March 5, 2013 at 09:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. tessvowels

    Have been dealing with this for several years... some days more noticeable than others... Today, very loud! I haven't been to a doctor since 1992 (no insurance & don't trust, for "drug" reasons!)... IF there is anything that will help... non-drug... I will try! Thanks!

    April 7, 2013 at 15:46 | Report abuse | Reply
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  28. Guy Carisse

    Buzzing intensified this morning...don't know why! Worst that I can remember. Driving me nuts. Funny, but it's on the right side only and has been since the early 90’s. It's frightening not to be be able to hear "silence" anymore as others have mentioned. No tinnitus on my left side but there is no need as I already have a significant hearing loss. Wearing hearing aids which helps camouflage the buzzing – on the right side – but not this morning! Driving me insane and I pray that this worsening is only temporary. Sigh!

    May 22, 2013 at 07:56 | Report abuse | Reply
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    to whom it concerns.i have had every test s done by ent specialist scans etc.i went to Italy & seen an ent specialist.he done scans on my head& said i would have see a neuro specialist.i took his advice & returned to Ireland with the scanc & THE DOCTORS WOULDNT EVEN LOOK AT THEM

    May 24, 2013 at 10:19 | Report abuse | Reply
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  32. Julie

    I really wish that T didn't have this problem .I have had this for 12 years ,It is .I wonder is the frequency in the world or is really in my head .I need something to drown this noise out .This is just crazy, I am glad to hear that others has something like it to ,elese I don't have to hear it alone .
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    • vinny

      i have noticed this tinnitus condition for 6months has any remedy helped?

      September 28, 2013 at 12:26 | Report abuse |
  33. Duncjac

    Hello, After reading some of the above comments, I thought I would share my own experience.
    I am now 65 years old and have had tinnitus for quite a few years. I think the cause is mostly self inflicted as I was a musician in rock bands for many years with all that that implies, so I'm able to live with the situation.
    The other side of my music life is as a piano tuner which I have been for about 30 years now. I'm pleased to say that despite the tinnitus, and some loss of high frequency hearing in the right ear, I'm still able to tune pianos and ignore the tinnitus, largely because the frequencies within the tinnitus sound are way above anything I need to listen to when tuning.
    Because I have what many people describe as perfect pitch, I'm able to listen to the tinnitus effect and separate out the different frequencies within the sound, of which there are many, and even determine what note the frequency is. Each ear has it's own frequencies, so the effect is stereo if you like!
    The bottom line to all this is that because of my natural ability focus in on the sound, I'm able to ignore it and embrace it.
    I hope this is of interest to someone D

    August 14, 2013 at 05:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. ellieday

    Interesting reading of all of your different situations and some of your suggestions are worth trying. I think the beginning of my troubles was a kid blowing a new year's horn in my ear as a child. I remember having a high-pitched cicada-like sound for a good share of my life but I am usually able to tune it out...and I love listening to the summer chorus of cicadas, tree frogs and crickets singing together in harmonic resonance. They all sing at about A flat, minus. More disconcerting though was the intermittent but insistant buzzing that I had most of my childhood, into adulthood. It seemed to be triggered by the droning tone of a truck on a distant highway. . . and my husband's voice. Since divorcing him (for various other reasons) I've experienced it only rarely. Life has been so good! However, recently, I've been urged by my physician to take an 81 mg. tab of aspirin daily. I was given the ultimatum. . ."get used to that or risk strokes/heart attacks". So, I've gotten used to that. Now, another threat to my ear world is this. I've been diagnosed with sleep apnea. In the second sleep study to adjust a C-pap machine two weeks ago, I awoke with a loud and familiar buzzing in my right ear! Although the machine itself was very quiet, as I listened, I knew what it was. Each inhalation was accompanied by a very quiet drone–in the frequency of a truck in a distance....or my ex-husband's voice. omg. Two weeks have passed and the buzzing (on top of the cicada-like high-pitched sound) continues, just from those few hours of exposure to the droning. I do believe that the C-pap will help my sleep/breathing situation but oh, the choices we are asked to make in life! (Additionally, Iit appears that all or most C-pap and other medical tubing is made from bisphenol-A plastic which out-gasses a hormone-like substance/endocrine disruptor. Hello FDA? This adds to my dilemma, although it is off the main subject here.)

    August 20, 2013 at 16:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. ellieday

    addendum: The daily aspiring causes high-pitched ringing.

    August 20, 2013 at 16:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Billa

    Hi..I'm suffering from ringing in one ear. I'm 30.right ear alone. It comes whenever there is low air circulation in the room. In my office, its cold in one area and hot in one area. Im sittng in hot area. It comes at 11:30am and goes off at 14:30pm. And again comes at 17:00pm. It is driving me crazy. Whenever I get those sounds, i just standup and walk to the tennis court from the office. I will stay there for 20 minutes. Doing this mute the ear roaring for around half an hour and it again comes back. Im suffering from HBP, for the same im taking medicines. The medicine is combination of diuretic and olmesartan medoxomil. . I'm also taking omega3 fatty acid to thin the blood. I dont know my average blood pressure. But it is used to be 160/90, 150/110, 140/90, 160/100. brain MRI is normal. I have right maxillary sinus polyp. I dont know wht to do. I cant just run to tennis court whenever i get it. There's no where to run. Please help me.

    Tinnitus and air circulation has any connection?

    August 22, 2013 at 01:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Jayasiri

    I had this same humming sound since I was around 16 years old. Now I am 53. I hope a doctor would do more research and come up with a cure.

    August 25, 2013 at 23:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Alberto

    Hi, I got a very bad tinnitus for month and it disappeared after one session of acupuncture. I was ok for about 4 months and now, after a week of stress, it came back... looking forward for my next session of acupuncture

    October 15, 2013 at 09:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mike ogg

      I would like to know more about this teatment...can the ringing be stoped?

      December 11, 2013 at 12:07 | Report abuse |
  39. Patel

    Many thanks a whole lot.

    November 8, 2013 at 21:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. craig

    Ive had it for 4 months.. it went away... then came back 6 months later and has been going for an entire year.
    I lived in a place that had "mold in the walls" the furnace was sooooo dry. when winter came I constantly blew my nose.. and sometimes out of anger blew too hard.. popping my ears.. plugging them. I sit a computer 80% of my day, I smoke, I drink hell loads of coffee.. and at the same time got a cracked corner piece tooth fixed, cracked cause I grinded them. I havent done the process of elimination yet. But i do know for a fact if you think about it and go OH! I dont hear it.. oh.. no wait.. hear it comes.. When your not aware of it and dont think about it.. its not there. When you wonder if it stops it starts up.

    I honestly think we all had this since childhood yet now let it come into our minds.

    Want to know what I mean?? look into the sky and try to see little black dots or lines in your vision.. do this 3 or four times.. guess what thats a floater we almost all have them.. their there ALWAYS.. but once you see one and "think" about it.. you notice it.

    As for the noises.. im a slight cecada sound. Not these tone sounds some of you may have.

    But I think its all awareness its there. You do know its there when you sleep always because you need to do something quiet and you cant. Does tinnitus ever wake anyone up?? ever??

    November 24, 2013 at 02:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. john

    well ive read this whole thread tonight and a few pages.. it says doctors dont know how to cure it.. remedies are hard to find.

    says men get it more than women. So what do men do more than women??... and how many women would tell a doctor they do this too?.. and how many men would even think to tell a dr this also..

    SPIT! SPITTING.. think about it.. spit is flem.. flem is nasal and nasal also effects ears.. which also spitting adds pressure to your ears and sinuses.. They say smoking causes tinnitus.. but really is it the fact smokers tend to spit?

    Reply back to this and tell me if you seem to spit alot. people who have build up.. sinuses.. and yes women dont want to swallow that crap all the time even if its a tiny tiny tiny amount.. we spit.

    lemme know.. its worth a shot to see if theres a similarity here. What else do we have to lose?

    November 24, 2013 at 02:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nobody you know

      It's PHLEGM.

      January 13, 2014 at 19:05 | Report abuse |
  42. greg

    You may be onto something there. Spitting causes dry mouth, dry mouth leads to dehydration and dehydration causes ringing ears and pressure in the ear canals and tubes.


    November 24, 2013 at 03:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Sam

    I've got the Anwser.

    December 2, 2013 at 11:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Sam


    I had this strange, irritable buzz in my right ear, which also began to impair my hearing from that ear. The buzz comes every 2 minutes and last for about 4 seconds. This continued day and night. Nothing I did stopped it, including putting finger into my ear -the 4 seconds buzz has to complete its run. Then I told myself, if only I can get to a church service, I know I will be made whole. It was a mid week lunch hour service at Christ Embassy, Port Harcourt, as the man of God, Pst Joy Amenkhienan began to worship, I knew it was time for my healing,. I left that service completely made whole. Since then the strange noise stopped, my hearing was completely restored and I love a normal life.

    You too can be healed today. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and for ever. Just place your hand on the ear and say this prayer:Dear Father in heaven, I come to You today. I believe that Jesus died for me and God raised Him from the dead. I receive the gift of eternal life into my spirit. I believe that by the strips of Jesus I am healed in Jesus name. Amen. Congratulations. Please reply to tell me what God had done for you. I love you.

    December 2, 2013 at 11:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Brad

    Great article Stephanie. I've have suffered from tinnitus for over 15 years. In my case I have a irregular ear canal that is the primary cause of the ringing, but I receive 'ongoing' temporary relieve with these remedies. First, one must understand what malady they have, what has caused it, then how to either treat and/or deal with it. Thank you. For your readers I have found compassion and understanding from these folks as well earringtips.com

    December 21, 2013 at 18:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Tim

    I am 53 yrs old and have NEVER heard silence for as long as I can remember. I've heard cricket and frogs in both ears mu whole life.The quieter it is the worst it is. I've tried candling, peroxide, and ALL the other wax removing system out there, just to come to the conclusion that wax is not the cause of the frogs. Oh what a day or night it would be to hear complete silent.

    December 26, 2013 at 21:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sam

      Tim I have the Anwser. See my post above. It works.

      January 5, 2014 at 12:36 | Report abuse |
    • Malcom

      No, Sam, you don't. Stop with the proselytizing.

      January 5, 2014 at 12:44 | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Malcom ignorance is a choice. You need not suffer this discomfort. Jesus paid for your healing 2000 years ago. Trust me, the word of God works. Im a living proof.

      January 10, 2014 at 16:28 | Report abuse |
    • Nobody you know

      Sam, unless you can post a source for your claim, other than anecdotal evidence, it's false.

      January 10, 2014 at 16:33 | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      John 15:13 KJV
      Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

      January 12, 2014 at 03:53 | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Romans 8:32 KJV
      He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

      January 12, 2014 at 04:23 | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Isaiah 53:1, 4-5 KJV
      Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? [4] Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. [5] But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

      January 12, 2014 at 04:27 | Report abuse |
    • Nobody you know

      So, then, no proof. Thanks for playing.

      January 12, 2014 at 10:42 | Report abuse |
  47. Anant Gaurav

    How Can I Cure For Whistling In My Ear?

    Give Me The Earlier Response. Please.

    December 31, 2013 at 19:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sam

      Anant see the Solution above.

      January 5, 2014 at 12:38 | Report abuse |
  48. Mason Monestime

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    January 10, 2014 at 13:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Director


    The Tinnitus Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that is out to educate people on hearing conservation as well as to fund research. There is information available there for those interested in learning more about tinnitus.

    The Facebook page for the foundation posts information and encourages dialog among professionals and those that are suffering from tinnitus.

    January 13, 2014 at 18:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. bob

    I know most of you have probobly heard this remedy and it seems to dull the noise for me..i take 2- 500mg caps of gingko
    a day and drink 3 cups of CHAMOMILLE TEA , morning noon and night and somedays i can bearly here it
    ringing..if it works for me maybe it might do some good for you it's worth a try and both are cheap to buy..

    January 18, 2014 at 02:13 | Report abuse | Reply
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