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I have tinnitus and have seen quite a few "cures" for this ailment in supplemental oral medication. Do any of these work? Is there a cure for tinnitus

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Usually not

Unfortunately, there is evidence that vitamins, melatonin, ginko biloba, zinc do not help tinnitus.
Treating a correctable underlying cause for tinnitus (e.g. Eustachian tube problem) could stop it, but many cases of tinnitus have no curable or identifiable cause. There are treatments that can help symptoms, eg cognitive behavioral therapy, tinnitus retraining therapy, treating hearing loss.

In brief: Usually not

Unfortunately, there is evidence that vitamins, melatonin, ginko biloba, zinc do not help tinnitus.
Treating a correctable underlying cause for tinnitus (e.g. Eustachian tube problem) could stop it, but many cases of tinnitus have no curable or identifiable cause. There are treatments that can help symptoms, eg cognitive behavioral therapy, tinnitus retraining therapy, treating hearing loss.
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Placebos work

The placebo effect is very powerful.
Even a sugar pill leads to a 30% improvement in symptoms. Some patients do well with supplements, many do not. The goal of all tinnitus treatment is to make the tinnitus a neutral sound. If you don't care about it your brain will not pay attention to it and you won't "hear it.".

In brief: Placebos work

The placebo effect is very powerful.
Even a sugar pill leads to a 30% improvement in symptoms. Some patients do well with supplements, many do not. The goal of all tinnitus treatment is to make the tinnitus a neutral sound. If you don't care about it your brain will not pay attention to it and you won't "hear it.".
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Esther Cheung-Phillips
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Getting there

Currently there is no "cure, " although some supplements have shown mixed results including lipoflavanoid, ginko biloba, etc.
Tinnitus retraining is another type of cognitive treatment that may help. Masking is a helpful technique, which is basically learning to tune out the noises.

In brief: Getting there

Currently there is no "cure, " although some supplements have shown mixed results including lipoflavanoid, ginko biloba, etc.
Tinnitus retraining is another type of cognitive treatment that may help. Masking is a helpful technique, which is basically learning to tune out the noises.
Dr. Esther Cheung-Phillips
Dr. Esther Cheung-Phillips
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