Tinnitus -Ringing in the Ears- Can be a Real Problem
There are so many different opinions about tinnitus but mostly it is considered a perception of noise when there really isn’t any. More or less it is how your body perceives the sound. The syndrome could present itself as a ringing sound, buzzing or hissing. Millions of people suffer with tinnitus of various levels but it seems to affect men more than women. Especially if there is a history of smoking, history of ear infections and even cardiovascular disease. Tinnitus is believed not to be a disorder itself, rather a symptom of an underlying illness or disorder that affects your auditory sensations and nerves near the ears. The first step to understanding the cause of your symptoms is to rule out possible causes. There could be damage to the microscopic endings of the sensory nerves in the inner ear, commonly from exposure to loud noise (as from amplified music, assembly lines etc.). Other causes include allergy, high or low blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, anemia, vertigo, or a head or neck injury. In addition, some drugs including aspirin and other anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, sedatives, and antidepressants can also cause tinnitus. It could also be a symptom of inner ear wax build up. If the symptom is due to a particular health issue or medication, the fix is a bit easier. By addressing the health issue, you could reduce or eliminate the problem. In some cases, just having ear wax removed by a medical professional (you have to ask for this in office procedure) can solve the problem.

Is There a Natural Treatment for Tinnitus?
In some cases, the problem can be found and solved and in others it just becomes a chronic condition and finding ways to minimize it’s affects would be the next steps. There is growing evidence that increasing blood flow to the head and neck area may help with some of the symptoms of tinnitus. The process of increasing blood flow seems to take pressure off the auditory nerves. The recommendation is up to 240 mg a day of Ginkgo Biloba (two tablets at each meal). Ginkgo has a long history of use to help improve blood circulation however, due to the increase blood flow action of this herb, it cannot be taken with any medications that affects blood flow. If there are pending surgery’s or dental procedures, you would have to stop this product leading up to and after the procedures for a few weeks, again due to increase of blood flow. There are also some emerging studies on Pine Bark at high doses because it may also positively affect cochlear blood flood and improve symptoms. Magnesium oxide is recommended for its benefits in protecting the nerves in the inner ear and to help promote a balance of electrolytes within the hair like cells in the inner ear. There is a supplement called Ear Tone by New Nordic that combines both of these ingredients as well as magnesium which would be worth trying after you have ruled out medical reasons for the problem. Keep in mind it may take up to 6 weeks of regular use of a supplement like Ear Tone and due to the chronic nature of this condition there are no permanent cures, just possible means to manage the symptoms.

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