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Here is an idea that I’ve always found intuitively ridiculous: the concept that dietary changes can modify your tinnitus tone volume.
Now – most of you are probably aware of “EBooks” that purport to “cure” your tinnitus in an “all-natural” way, usually involved some combination of dietary modifications and new-age voodoo.
Although there’s no evidence that any dietary changes alone could cure tinnitus, there is now evidence that there is an association between certain dietary habits and a reduction in the volume of persistent (i.e. constant) tinnitus.
Researchers found the following:
Persistent tinnitus was reduced with:
(i) fish consumption (non-oily, OR = 0.91; oily, 0.95), …
The Mayo Clinic is considered a good resource for patients who want to acquire a basic understanding of their illness and also to seek clinical diagnosis and treatment for whatever symptoms they’re experiencing. Lots of people seeking to reduce the volume of their tinnitus will likely look for resources like the mayo clinic web site.
The Mayo Clinic patient education web site is, unfortunately, an example of how little the regular medical establishment has to offer people who are suffering from tinnitus. Check out some of the generic advice they have to give people:
To treat …
It’s a simple question.
Despite the best efforts of medical science, and despite the existence of treatments that can lessen your suffering, there still exists no cure for tinnitus.
I regularly get e-mails from people who have slipped into despair. They tell me that they can’t sleep because of the noise. They tell me they can’t relax for even a couple minutes because of the fire alarm going off inside their head. They tell me that they’re depressed, cornered, trapped by their illness. They tell me they can’t work, or concentrate.
Most of all, they tell me they have no hope.
They think …
Some of our users have e-mailed us regarding the possibility of listening to Notched Sound Therapy in their sleep. Would this work? What would be the efficacy of this?
Although we don’t have any clinical evidence that Notched Sound Therapy would work overnight, it’s not necessarily an unreasonable thing to try. Further, many people with tinnitus already listen to regular White Noise in order to go to sleep – thus, listening to Notched White Noise during their sleep (or another form of Notched Sound therapy, like Notched Natural Sounds) could be effective in reducing their insomnia and in reducing their tinnitus volume …
For people suffering from tinnitus, they often want to learn about the experience of others with a particular treatment. One good source for this information is forums. Consider the following forum links to discussions on rTMS:
Unfortunately, the scientific evidence for rTMS as a treatment for tinnitus is not good. Here’s a link to a review of some of the posts we’ve made on the subject.
What are Symptoms of Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is an unusual health condition that physicians do not completely understand. In addition to affecting ordinary everyday people, there are famous people tinnitus sufferers attempting to cope with the strange symptoms. Patients visiting physicians or audiologists describe hearing these sounds in their ear canal:
Actor Lou Ferrigno Has Tinnitus
Studies have shown that a significant number of individuals with this condition have some hearing loss that leads to changes in the inner ear. Lou Ferrigno began his career as a bodybuilder before becoming an actor appearing in television programs and movies. He was diagnosed as a toddler …
It’s an exciting time in tinnitus research. Besides the regular basic science understanding of tinnitus making significant gains, translational research is moving more treatments to market. Here’s a summary of our blog posts on the AM101 medication currently undergoing clinical trials:
When I was 22 years old, I went out with some friends to a nightclub. I was in my first year of medical school. Like most people my age, I wasn’t concerned with noise trauma (despite being a medical student). The next day, I noticed the ringing in my ears wasn’t gone. I started to research tinnitus. I became panicked – what if the ringing never went away? Every day, I hoped and prayed that it’d go away.
Except it didn’t.
I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t concentrate in class. I couldn’t even write a test without feeling like I was going insane. …
Some of our users have noticed that listening to their tinnitus frequency using our tinnitus tuner, and then turning the computer generate sound off, can result in a temporary reduction in their tinnitus tone. This is a known phenomenon that has been studied and is known as residual inhibition. To read more about this phenomenon, click here to read a paper on the subject by Canadian researchers.
Interestingly, the mechanism of function of this procedure does not contradict the proposed mechanism of notched sound therapy. Notched sound therapy works by lateral inhibition in order to suppress the …