14 effective tinnitus cures to try if you have ringing in your ears
Ringing or buzzing in your ear or ears may come and go, or it may be constant, and is often associated with hearing loss. Tinnitus may have been caused by a misspent youth listening to loud music, or from a noisy worksite. It may also be caused by an ear infection or even a dental issue. Whatever the cause, these effective remedies should relieve the maddening ringing in your ears.
Medically reviewed by Dr Michael Spertus
Firstly, find the underlying problem
A treatable medical condition might be behind the sound you’re hearing, says oto-neurologist Dr Michael J. A. Robb and a previous director of the American Tinnitus Association. An ear infection, Ménière’s disease, blood flow problems, or even dental issues could cause you to hear the noise, he says. Make sure you rule out all the possibilities with a doctor before accepting tinnitus as part of your life.
Feeding your brain more sound takes attention away from the ringing in your ears. “If you were in a restaurant and had candles on the table, you’d see them but wouldn’t be focusing on them,” says research audiologist Dr LaGuinn Sherlock. “But if the lights went off, you’d have to pay attention to them because there’s a sharp contrast between light and dark.” For a similar reason, your tinnitus could reduce or go away entirely while you have white noise playing in the background.