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how do i cure tinnitus?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Not curable: One cannot cure tinnitus. You may make it better and abate some of the symptoms. You should see an ENT doctor who has a particular interest in this chronic condition and go over it with that doctor and get treatment indicated.
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Usually no cure: Tinnitus is usually, but not always associated with hearing loss. I've had it for over twenty years - likely related to noise trauma while in he army. There are some over the counter remedies i usually recommend, especially for new onset tinnitus. I usually recommend arches tinnitus relief... If it doesn't offer a relief in a month.. Don't waste your money. At a minimum i would see your local ent.
Dr. Cecilia Alailima
General Practice 33 years experience
There are different initial causes of tinnitus - infection, trauma, tumor - that disrupt normal brainwave activity in the temporal lobe with or without damaging the external hearing apparatus. The dysfunctional brain area gives a sense of "hearing" tinnitus. Secondary areas of the brain respond that affect pain perception and mood. After ENT, also consider neurofeedback evaluation by an expert.
Dec 13, 2011
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Homeopathy and Chinese Medicine may also have something to offer. Dr Alalimas comment is excellent as well. Tinnitus is obviously chronic. There are these other modalities that may lead to significant improvement...I am optimistic....even a cure. Certainly worth considering!
Dec 30, 2011
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Tinnitus: Tinnitus can be caused by many conditions. The first step is to have a though diagnostic workup to determine the cause of the tinnitus and then proper treatment can be accomplished. The workup is best done by an ear specialist or ear nose and throat specialist (ENT) to find the cause of the tinnitus. Treatment can be very effective when the true cause of the tinnitus is found.
Dr. Farhad Sigari
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Newest Treatment: The most common form of tinnitus occurs when there is loss or damage of the hearing cells in your cochlea. There is no "one shot" cure for tinnitus, but patients have found relief via certain masking treatments (white noise). The newest treatment system is a web based therapy system (www.Beyondtinnitus.Com). Those with simultaneous stress or mood disorder should have that treated simultaneously.
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Contain not cure: Usually with my tinnitus patients we try to make the tinnitus a "neutral sound." the brain does not usually pay attention to things it doesn't think are important and the more you think about the noise and the more upset it makes you the more your brain will focus on it and the louder it will seem. Successful patients report they don't pay attention to it and it doesn't bother them.
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
OMM: Although not necessarily a cure, osteopathy in the cranial field (ocf) can often provide relief from tinnitus. By changing the tension on the membranes surrounding the brain, ocf can reduce tension on the auditory nerve and tympanic membrane, two potential causes of tinnitus. This is a highly specialized area so you might have to do some searching to find a do who does this but well worth it.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Tinnitus? No Cure: There is no cure for tinnitus. Tinnitus can be an early indicator for hearing loss. We will usually have tinnitus patients undergo a full hearing evaluation. Additional testing may be needed depending on what the audiogram shows. Assuming no medically or surgically treatable cause of tinnitus, and sufficient hearing loss, a hearing aid may be indicated. Use of hearing aid may improve tinnitus.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Enzymes, Neuromics &: While this is a challenging problem that some docs consider incurable, there are many treatments that may help. Garry gordon md reports great results with homeopathy & the use of proteolytic enzymes pioneered by dr. Schedler in germany- see http://fight4yourhealth.Com/answers/tinnitus. Consider neuromics, a device that uses customized sounds to desensitize: http://www.Neuromonics.Com/?Page_id=36.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
No specific cure yet: There is no specific cure yet for tinnitus, however, it is important to make sure the tinnitus is not being caused by an acoustic nerve tumor. Additionally, one needs to keep the blood pressure under good control, and to make sure the tinnitus is not being caused by one's medications. Some reports show benefit with melatonin and acoustic therapy, but this is very preliminary information.
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia ii, do, ms
Geriatrics 21 years experience
Depends: If a specific cause can be found, tinnitus could be 'cured'.
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
No: Tinnitus is phantom sounds. Te sounds were probably always there.Myour brain lost its ability to mask it. So, your goal should be apathetic to it, such that you are no longer aware of it. Like the tree in the middle of nowhere that nobody sees or hears falling.
Dr. Margaret Gourlay
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Tinnitus: There is no standard cure for tinnitus, but fortunately, it can go away on its own after a while. If you have seen a physician already, follow their instructions for monitoring this. If the tinnitus is only in one ear and lasts for a long time, a scan is sometimes ordered to look for an acoustic neuroma that is pressing on the eighth cranial nerve (responsible for hearing and balance).
Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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Tinnitus: Have to look for causes first. Ex caffeine aspirin ibuprofen hearing loss If all not a factor look at the website for the neuromonics device some people have been helped by it. Insurance won't cover the cost

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Dr. Ronda Alexander
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Not really: There isn't really a home remedy but, there are some otc vitamin supplements which some patients find helpful. Ask the staff at your local pharmacy for the 'hearing health' aisle and you will see these pills. Alternately, since tinnitus is associated with hearing loss, you can consider a hearing aid if you have loss. They can be programmed to help with the noise.
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Hi docs, is it true that researchers are close to finding a cure for tinnitus?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Not sure: The one thing that has definitely been accomplished is that we have a much better understanding of the cause of tinnitus. It may be defined as the perception of noise or ringing or music or sounds in the ear. Its origin is now believed to be an up-regulation of electrical activity in the auditory nervous system, With this information, it is likely that a cure will be found. Presently, masking.

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