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Relieve ringing ears with these eight natural remedies


(NaturalNews) Ringing in the ears – or tinnitus – is one of the most annoying conditions you can develop. It can have a big impact on your ability to hear, as well as being incredibly distracting and interfering with your daily life.(1)

Tinnitus is quite simply the perception of hearing a sound in the absence of an external source, including hissing, clicking, whistling and buzzing. One-in-ten adults is affected by tinnitus at one point or another, with common causes being exposure to excessive or prolonged noise, head or neck injuries and ear infections.(2)

There is no known cure for this irritating condition, although there are various remedies and options for managing the symptoms, including some effective holistic and natural treatments.

1. Cut out caffeine

This isn't a new concept, and most doctors recommend limiting your caffeine intake as a general rule anyway. In the case of tinnitus, caffeine can reduce the flow of blood to the head and ears – constricting the capillaries and aggravating your symptoms.(1)

2. Take some Ginkgo biloba

This natural supplement made from the leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree will increase blood flow to the head, neck and brain, whilst also reducing inflammation in blood vessels. Though this may not have an immediate effect, ginkgo biloba will alleviate your symptoms with time.(1)

3. Reduce your salt intake

This is another recommendation from medical professionals that you should really apply to your everyday life: Limit the amount of salt you have in your diet. Salt will increase your blood pressure, which helps to aggravate tinnitus. By limiting it, you should find that the intensity of the ringing diminishes.(1)

4. Give CoEnzyme Q10 a go

CoQ10 has been found to be helpful in some cases of tinnitus, according to a study by the Journal of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. CoQ10 can reduce the noises you experience, as well as the intensity of your tinnitus.(1)

5. Stay away from loud noises

While this seems logical, you'd be surprised how many people suffering with tinnitus neglect to avoid the types of noises that cause it in the first place. Protect your ears if you absolutely must be around loud noise, for example if you work in construction.(1)

6. Listen to white noise

Fans or similar household items that create gentle white noise can help to cover up the tinnitus, providing relief from the constant ringing.(1)

7. Remove any built up wax

Make sure that your tinnitus isn't due to wax buildup. It is recommended that you visit an audiologist to have your condition assessed, however there are various ways to remove wax at home. Try using a few drops of mineral oil, baby oil or commercial ear drops for a couple of days to soften the wax, before syringing with lukewarm water.(1,3)

8. Drum your fingers

A technique that probably requires a little more patience, and doesn't necessarily have any medical studies to back it up, is the finger drumming technique. It's pretty simple. Place the palms of your hands over your ears and rest your fingers gently on the back of your head, middle fingers pointing towards each other. Place your index fingers on top of your middle fingers and tap them onto the skull to create a loud, drumming noise. Repeat this about 50 times. Some people have reported immediate relief with this slightly bizarre method. You can do this several times each day, depending upon the extent of the ringing.(1)

These simple, cheap and natural home remedies should help to relieve that irritating ringing, allowing you to concentrate on your day-to-day life without distraction.

Sources include:

1. www.JBBardot.com

2. www.MedicalNewsToday.com

3. ENTNet.org

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