Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears)
By Steven Horne, RH (AHG) & Kimberly Balas, ND
See also Ear Infection
Tinnitus refers to a sound in the ears when no outside sound is present. Tinnitus can sound like ringing, hissing, roaring, pulsing, whooshing, chirping, humming, whistling or clicking. One third of all adults experience tinnitus some time in their lives.
To see if you have problems with tinnitus, start by answering yes or no to the fallowing questions:
Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
Do you hear better through one ear than the other when you are on the telephone?
Do you have trouble following a conversation when two or more people are talking at the same lime?
Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
Do you have to strain to understand a conversation?
Do you have trouble hearing when there is a lot of back-ground noise?
Do vou have trouble hearing in restaurants?
Do you feel dizziness, pain or ringing in your ears?
Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?
Do family members or coworkers comment about your missing what has been said?
Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (not speak clearly)?
Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
Do you have trouble understanding speech of women and children?
Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?
If you answered "yes" to more than two questions, you should have your hearing evaluated by a certified audiologist. He or she will perform an audiogram, which shows the results of hearing tests. Based on the type, degree and configuration of your hearing loss, audiologist can make appropriate recommendations.
Tinnitus may be caused by ear infections, circulatory problems or nerve damage. It can also be caused by chronic tension in the muscles holding the bones or the middle ear. These muscles tense to reduce vibration when we hear loud noises and like any other muscle can fatigue from chronic tension.
CBG Extract mixed with Lobelia Essence and warmed to body temperature to use as ear drops may be helpful in treating tinnitus as they help to relax these tiny muscles.
Gingko Biloba and Mega Chel may be helpful when the problem is due to circulatory problems, and St. Johns Wort may be helpful when the problem is due to nerve damage.
Below is a list of suggested products. Those in bold are key products for the health issue explained on this page.
Therapies: Aromatherapy and Oral Chelation
Herbs: Aloe Vera, Black Cohosh, Garlic, Ginkgo Biloba, Lobelia, St. John's Wort and Wood Betony
Herbal Formulas: CBG Extract, Ginkgo & Hawthorn, HY-C, IF-C and KB-C
Nutrients: Vitamin B-12 and Zinc
Nutritional Supplements: Vitamin B-Complex
Essential Oils: Lemon
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