Any unusual sound of clicking, ringing, hissing, or whistling in your ear if persistently bothers you is called as tinnitus. The name may be uncommon but this problem affects 1 out of 10 adults in the United States. You would feel an annoying sensation of hearing an unusual sound when there is no sound produced externally. The intensity may be high or low depending on your problem, but in tinnitus you would hear sounds when there are no external noises. Imagine you cannot stop yourself from listening to a sound even for a second. Some bells are ringing near you ear all the time.
This sounds irritating and unbearable, right? Tinnitus sometimes affects only on ear and many times the sound is heard through both the ears. In reality these sounds arises from an internal source and you seek the source in the outer world. You feel like it is coming from outside, but actually it can arise either from the inner, or middle part of your own ear. Along with that unusual sound repeating over intervals you may also feel ear ache, stress, anxiety, depression, decreased hearing and sleeplessness. Loss of hearing due to age, or a serious injury may be a reason behind this buzz in your ear.
Sometimes exposure to very loud noise can create this scene but temporarily. Blockage in the ear due to excess of ear wax, infection in the upper respiratory tract, high altitudes can also create this trouble sometimes. Tinnitus is actually a symptom; the disease which is causing the symptoms has to be identified. Anything and everything that goes odd for our ear can create these symptoms, be it infection in ear or loud noise. There are certain factors that influence the occurrence of the disease. Some of them are excess of noise exposure, loss of hearing capability, smoking, age, and even gender.
Yes, tinnitus is gender biased; men are more likely to get this problem when compared to women of the same age. A potentially more serious form of tinnitus can sound like a heartbeat occurring again and again over fixed interval; it could indicate an abnormal growth, perhaps a tumor or an abnormal connection between a vein and artery, in the region of the ear.
Once you start experiencing any of the above stated symptoms, do not delay your visit to your doctor and schedule for proper diagnosis. The doctor will assist you in coming to a conclusion after through examination and evaluation of your condition. He may ask a lot of questions at the first stage to get an idea bout what exactly is the underlying cause of your problem. You can treat tinnitus only after treating the underlying cause of tinnitus completely.
When this does not work, the treatments that work best for tinnitus are those that address the aspects of tinnitus that make the condition most difficult; relieving insomnia, anxiety, hearing difficulties, social isolation, and treating depression can significantly improve the quality of one’s life. Either you can take help of the strong drugs to cure you problem, or you can choose a better way of dealing with the annoying situation- home remedies. Yes, it is really possible to treat tinnitus with the help of some very famous natural home remedies. In fact these remedies are nothing new and have been used by mankind since ages. Have a look at some of the most efficient natural remedies for tinnitus.
Natural Remedies for Tinnitus
Water treated with salt
You can prepare simple saline solution at home by mixing slat in water and adding glycerin to make the solution a bit mild for the ear to handle. Take one teaspoon of salt and glycerin in equal amount and add them to a cup of lukewarm water. This solution can then be used to deal with the major cause of tinnitus- blockage in the nasal passage. Use a spray to inject this solution into your nostrils, as well as throat at least thrice a day to get rid of both blocked nasal passage and tinnitus.
The antibacterial salad- onion
Onion in itself is a complete package for all the problems relate dot ear, including tinnitus. The medicinal uses of onion are not restricted to tinnitus only, but they cover many serious illnesses too. Onion is known as a pain reliever and also contains anti bacterial properties.
Chop one small onion, put it in a bowl and microwave it for one to two minutes. Allow it to cool and then strain out the onion juice. Put two to three drops of the juice in the infected ear, leave it for sometime and then turn your head to let it drain out of your ear. If you feel uncomfortable, pat dry it with cotton or a very soft cloth.
Olive oil to clear the canal
Sometimes blockage in the ear may be causing unwanted vibrations leading to tinnitus. The wax that accumulates in the year over time is really inviting for a fungal or bacterial growth leading to a blockage in the Eustachian tubes thereby causing severe pain. This makes kind of an obstruction and even aches in the ear. One can easily clear the obstruction with the help of olive oil.
Warm some olive oil slightly. Put a few drops of the warm oil into the infected ear. The oil will cause the wax to soften. Remove the infected wax with cotton-tipped swabs. Be careful not to put the swab too much deep inside the ear or you might damage the eardrum. Even when you get rid of the problem of tinnitus you should be careful about cleaning the ear regularly so that no extra wax is accumulated over time.
Kill the fungus with ACV
Fungal infection may be one of the reasons behind your infected and tinnitus. Apple cider vinegar is generally, used to deal with ear infection if the cause behind is fungus. This one is not as tricky as dropping the oil inside, but relatively easier.
You have to take a tablespoon of vinegar and mix it with equal volume of water or alcohol. Soak a cotton ball in that mixture and apply of gently on the part ear you are experiencing pain. You can also leave the cotton into the ear for sometime or overnight to give it more time to act on the painful area and kill the fugal infection. Repeating the same few times a day would give you instant relief in tinnitus symptoms.
Bring some peace with tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is the best way to get rid of the symptoms of tinnitus and other ear related problems. The mild antibacterial properties present in tea tree oil can give instant relief in tinnitus; at the same time do not appear too harsh for the soft ear. To treat an ear infection, follow the steps below.
Mix three drops of tea tree oil, two tablespoons of olive oil, a teaspoon of colloidal silver and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Warm the mixture slightly. Lay on your side with your head on a towel. Using a dropper, fill your ear with the mixture and let it sit for five minutes. Repeat the same for the other ear also. If you feel a bit better the first time, just make use of tea tree oil the same way twice daily until you find your ear clear.
Hot compress but gently
To treat tinnitus, all you need is a small amount of salt. Take approximately a cup of salt and heat it. For heating you can use microwave or can directly give the salt high temperature by placing it on the pan, both will do the same work. Once it is hot enough take a soft cloth and put the salt on that cloth. After wrapping the salt in the cloth seal the open end with the help of a rubber band.
Check to see whether its temperature is moderate enough to be applied to the ear or not. Once it is safe to apply, lie down and give your ear a hot compress with the salt wrapped in the cloth. Put slight pressure on the ear so that it doesn’t pain and at the same time entire ear gets in touch with the cloth. Heat the salt and place it on ear at least three times daily until you se you ear functioning completely normal.
Get holy basil is you have acute earache
If you are suffering from earaches due to ear infection in any part of your ear, you can use holy basil as a remedy to ease your pain. Crush four to five fresh holy basil leaves gently to extract the juice. Apply the basil juice on or around the infected ear. Avoid getting the juice in the ear canal.
You can also mix a few drops of holy basil oil with an equal amount of carrier oil like coconut oil. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and gently wipe just inside the ear, around the outer edge and behind the ear. Repeat the process twice daily.
Ginger – the magical herb
Ginger, the famous herb is also used as a cure for tinnitus. The medicinal and healing properties in ginger help improve blood circulation, get rid of pathogens, and fight free radicals. In addition to this, it has aspirin-like properties that can help reduce pain accompanying tinnitus.
Not only this if your present condition is due to blockage in the nasal passage, you can take help of the herbal tea to get rid of this too. We can say that ginger can kill more than one reason causing tinnitus. Boil some pieces of freshly grated ginger in a cup of water for about 10 minutes and then drink this herbal tea twice daily to get rid of the symptoms of tinnitus.
Treat it with hot bottle
As soon as possible, apply some heat to the buzzing and ringing tinnitus affected ear. This will quickly relieve some of the pain and will also prevent micro-organism infestation in case it is infected. Press a warm water bottle or heating pad against the ear.
You can also use a warm compress with the help of salt or rice. Dip a clean washcloth in lukewarm water, ring out the excess water and then place the washcloth on the infected ear. Do not apply heat to the ear for long periods of time. You can place the hot bottle for about 2 minutes in the beginning and extend it up to 5 minutes slowly to get rid of the symptoms of tinnitus.
Kill the pain with strong garlic
Anything wrong with your ear, just think of garlic. Garlic can be used even when you do no know what is going on with your ear. Garlic has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. That can help in quickly healing the ear infection and relieving you ear from that buzz sound due to tinnitus. While the hot compress do its work by soothing the ear from outside. Garlic can treat the infection by entering you ear and reaching up to inner ear.
Take three to four garlic cloves and boil them in two tablespoons of mustard oil. Keep on boiling until the cloves turn blackish in color. Once this stage is achieved strain out the garlic cloves and let the oil cool down to lukewarm. When it is bearably hot pour a few drops into the infected ear and let it do its work. Consuming two to three cloves of raw garlic daily also helps speed up the healing process. Once you are done with treating the infection which is the most probable cause of tinnitus, the ringing sound will also vanish the same way.
With all the above stated home remedies you will definitely find a way to sleep in peace and soothe you ear.