Treatments Overview

 

  • Acamprosate (calcium acetylhomotaurine) Drug- Two Brazilian researchers believe that this drug, generally used to treat alcohol dependence, might be helpful in treating tinnitus. (Tinnitus)
  • Acoustic Noise Cancellation Headphones- dilutes noise while maintaining the music, movie dialog or quietness one desires. (Hyperacusis)
  • Acupressure- is a popular traditional Chinese medicine technique in which a person is treated by applying physical pressure with hand, elbow or other device. Traditional Chinese medicine, believes that physical ailments occur due to the disruption in the flow of energy, or chi. The flow can be reestablished by acupressure. (Tinnitus, Hyperacusis)
  • Acupuncture- also believes and works on the same principal of flow of energy or chi. In this method hair thin needles are used to correct the flow of chi. Many patients have benefited from this method. (Tinnitus, Hyperacusis)
  • Alexander Technique- is considered to improve the flow of blood to the ear. It is believed to be beneficial when the tinnitus is accompanied by vertigo. (Tinnitus)
  • Amplification- the use of hearing aids, or both hearing aids and maskers, lowers tinnitus. It may be due to the reduction in difference between tinnitus and silence, or maybe because of the new stimulant provided to the brain. (Tinnitus)
  • Anxiety Relief Techniques (ART)- gets rid of the negative emotions affiliated with tinnitus and hyperacusis such as; anxiety, fear, & frustration. (Hyperacusis)
  • Arches Tinnitus Relief Formula (TRF)- benefits people suffering from various ear ailments such as; hyperacusis and tinnitus. (Tinnitus, Hypercacusis)
  • A special hearing aid-2000- This device solves dual purpose. Sound cannot go higher than 65 dB, and very low volume sounds are expanded up to a comfortable level that is changeable. (Hyperacusis)
  • Auditory Integration Training (AIT)- In this treatment the patient has to listen to modulated music with specific frequencies which is electively filtered. (Hyperacusis)
  • Ayurveda- According to Ayurveda, people with vata imbalance may also suffer from hyperacusis. (Tinnitus, Hyperacusis)
  • Biofeedback- a person learns to gain control over unconscious bodily functions, which helps in reduction of stress, and anxiety. This reduction in stress in turn helps in controlling hyperacusis. (Tinnitus, Hyperacusis)
  • BioWaves Sound Therapy- is a new alternative therapy in which low frequency sound, and vibrations are used to improve health and wellness of a person. (Hyperacusis)
  • Botulinum Toxin A Injections- In a study conducted by Stidham and colleagues, it was found that botulinum toxin A injection did benefit a tinnitus patient. However it was suggested that further research in the subject is required. (Tinnitus)
  • Carbamazepine- In a study conducted on a group of patient it was found that patients responded with increased baseline sound tolerance after carbamazepine was given. (Tinnitus, Hyperacusis)
  • Castor Oil- has been an integral part of home remedies for the treatment of Tinnitus. It is suggested that three or four drops of castor oil should be applied on the ears once a day. (Tinnitus)
  • Chinese Herbs- It is generally considered that Chinese herbs, which do not have any side effect, are helpful in treating tinnitus and hyperacusis. (Hyperacusis)
  • Chiropractic- this system of treatment believes, that problems arise in the body due to mechanical disorders of the spine. A slight shift of the spinal cord may lead to multitude of problems, hence chiropractors apply slight pressure on the spinal cord to cure body ailments. The same theory is applied for the treatment of tinnitus too. (Tinnitus)
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy- As there are no particular treatments for hyperacusis, many researchers believe that cognitive behavioral therapy done in a multidisciplinary setting, could be beneficial. This mode of treatment includes relaxation methods, advice regarding sound, and gradual exposure to everyday sounds. (Tinnitus, Hyperacusis)
  • Color Therapy- is a form of alternative treatment where colors are used to balance physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental energy. In case of tinnitus, it is recommended that the color blue should be used for thirty minutes on the affected ear each morning and evening, followed by indigo for ten minutes. (Tinnitus)
  • Counseling- helps educate a patient about their problem, and also helps to relieve their fears and concerns. Counseling helps the patient to understand and cope with the situation better. (Hyperacusis)
  • Cranial Sacral Therapy- helps the body fight the negative effect of stress on the central nervous system. CST in combination with other therapies provides relief from tinnitus. (Tinnitus)
  • Craniosacral Therapy- is a gentle, hands-on form of bodywork that unwinds cranial, and cervical bones which helps to cut down stress. Craniosacral therapy in combination with other programs helps to bring down the emotional distress related with hyperacusis. (Hyperacusis)
  • Direct stimulation of auditory cortex by implanted electrode- might help in the suppression of tinnitus. (Tinnitus)
  • Electromagnetic Energy- though it is said to benefit the tinnitus patients, but hasn’t been found to be much useful. (Tinnitus)
  • Fenugreek Seed Tea- Many people have benefited by using natural home remedies. A cup of fenugreek seed tea, thrice a day, morning, afternoon and night is supposed to get rid of Tinnitus. (Tinnitus)
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery- if tumor or benign is the cause of tinnitus in a patient, then Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery can be performed. In this surgery a high dose of radiation is given to the target, but the surrounding tissue is not affected. (Tinnitus)
  • Ginkgo Biloba- the extracts from the leaves of Ginkgo biloba and its seeds, have been used in traditional Chinese medicine since ages. Of late ginkgo leaf extract has been used to treat hyperacusis, tinnitus, and also various other ailments. (Tinnitus, Hyperacusis)
  • Hearing Aids- Sometimes people suffering from acute tinnitus may find relief after using hearing aids that magnify normal speech sounds above the background tinnitus sounds. Apart from altering the sound, hearing aids may be used as maskers when white noise is introduced. (Tinnitus)
  • Herbal Treatment- A concoction of Hypericum, Euphorbia, Vervain, Chamomile, Mugwort and Pulsatilla along with the Bach Flowers Walnut, Rock Water, Beech and Vine is supposed to provide relief from hyperacusis. (Hyperacusis)
  • Homeopathy- is a form of highly popular alternative medicine, in which remedies are prescribed by symptoms rather than conditions. Many patients have benefited from the use of homeopathic remedies. (Tinnitus, Hyperacusis)
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy- is used to treat tinnitus caused by lack of oxygen. This therapy is supposed to be more effective for recent cases. (Tinnitus)
  • Hypnosis- combined with other mode of treatment helps in eliminating tinnitus. (Tinnitus)
  • Indian Head Massage- is an art which has been practiced since ages. The upper back, neck, arms, scalp and face are all massaged using a combination of oils or other ingredients. The massage relaxes, and soothes the muscles, nerves and joints. It is used to treat plethora of ailments. (Tinnitus)
  • L-baclofen- is a muscle relaxant, it cuts down the turmoil caused to a patient, due to the rising auditory system. (Hyperacusis)
  • Lesser Periwinkle (Vinca minor)- Lesser periwinkle has a compound called vincamine,which is used in Germany to help diminish tinnitus and Ménière’s syndrome. Only 20 milligrams of dried herb should be consumed three times a day. As overdose of the herb can be harmful, it is recommended to be taken under proper guidance. (Tinnitus)
  • Low Level Laser Therapy & Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy- have been found to be useful in case of hyperacusis. (Tinnitus, Hyperacusis)
  • Low Pitched Sound Treatment- in this, a person is made to hear a low-pitched sound of 40 to 100 hertz of frequency thorough a regular MP3 player. After a minute or so, the high-pitched ringing in the ear (tinnitus) is suppressed by the low-pitched sound from the MP3 player. (Tinnitus)
  • Maskers/ Sound Generators- discipline the nervous system to endure sound. The device looks like a hearing aid, and is reset every month. (Hyperacusis)
  • Massage- Some people suggest massage to get relief from hyperacusis, as massage helps in the circulation of blood, provides psychological relief, and induces sleep. (Hyperacusis)
  • Meditation- in combination with other conventional treatment can provide relief from tinnitus. It becomes difficult for a person to ignore the bothersome ringing in the ear due to stress. Mediation helps fight stress. (Tinnitus)
  • Melatonin (particularly for those with sleep disturbance)- Researchers believe that Melatonin may be beneficial for patients with idiopathic tinnitus. Patients whose sleep gets disrupted due to tinnitus might benefit from Melatonin. (Tinnitus)
  • Mistletoe Tea- has been used since ages to improve the blood circulation. Many a times, it is believed that tinnitus is caused due to poor blood circulation. So three cups of mistletoe tea, without sugar, in the morning helps in managing Tinnitus. (Tinnitus)
  • Music therapy- Researchers believe that music or music therapy can provide relief from tinnitus. It has been seen that music alter the physiological reaction of the body to a stimulus, including pain. (Tinnitus)
  • Natural Herbal Therapy- has been an integral part of the Chinese medicine for thousands of years. In this therapy natural products and herbs such as; sesame seeds, Chinese herbs, black cohosh, spinach, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, ginkgo biloba, and even onion juice are used for the treatment of tinnitus. (Tinnitus)
  • Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment (NTT)- Patients suffering from hyperacusis have also benefited from this therapy. It has five clear-cut steps, at the end of which patients find relief from hyperacusis. (Hyperacusis, Tinnitus)
  • Niacin(vitamin b3)- is required for the proper breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It also helps in the proper functioning of the central nervous system. It is widely believed that niacin helps in the treatment of tinnitus, although it has not been proved scientifically. (Tinnitus)
  • Oil of Helichrysum- is believed to be highly beneficial. Massage the oil gently, as instructed. (Hyperacusis)
  • Pilates- is a kind of exercise. Many patients have claimed to have found relief from hyperacusis after doing pilates. (Hyperacusis)
  • Psychological Help- it has been noticed that hyperacusis is generally followed by either anxiety or depression which makes the health of a patient even worse. In such a case, visiting a psychologist or psychiatrist might help, as they counsel a patient to ignore hyperacusis rather than get obsessed about it. (Hyperacusis)
  • Reflexology- acts on the principle that obstruction of energy pathway leads to illness or imbalance, so pressing on certain points may help achieve better health. Acting upon the ear, cervical spine and neck reflex points on hands or feet might help one get relief from hyperacusis. (Tinnitus, Hyperacusis)
  • Relaxation and meditation- Although hyperacusis is not a psychological problem, but it does evoke matters that are psychological in nature. Stress, depression, anxiety are some of the few conditions that plague a person suffering from hyperacusis. Relaxation and meditation helps fight these conditions. (Hyperacusis)
  • Relaxation Tapes- is another form of sound therapy, which helps improve the tolerance of sound. It is not a cure but helps in improving the quality of life. (Hyperacusis)
  • Reiki- is an alternative therapy used for the treatment of physical, emotional, and mental diseases. It is also suitable for the treatment of tinnitus. (Tinnitus)
  • Retraining Therapy- merges counseling, and acoustic therapy to bring down a patient’s reaction to hyperacusis. In this therapy, the patient is taught to consider sound in a positive manner. (Hyperacusis)
  • Sertraline- is an antidepressant which can be used for the treatment of severe refractory tinnitus. (Tinnitus)
  • Shiatsu- It is generally seen that hyperacusis leads to tinnitus. Shiatsu a traditional Japanese treatment is used for treating tinnitus, and it is believed to benefit hyperacusis too. In this technique, the circulation of ‘ki’ is reestablished by pressing certain points on the body. (Hyperacusis)
  • Sound Desensitization \ Pink Noise \ White Noise- This treatment requires listening to noise called pink noise, just below the intolerance level for many hours a day. This results in tolerance to sound, which leads to the stage when normal environmental sounds no longer cause discomfort or pain. It is a long procedure, and with the support from family and friends, a patient can be on the road to recovery in about six months. (Hyperacusis)
  • Sound Retraining Therapy- is the most popular and common therapy for hyperacusis, in which broadband sound is used. A patient after listening to broadband sound at soft level for a stipulated period of time in a day, can rebuild his/her tolerances to sound. (Hyperacusis)
  • Sound Therapy- in the beginning, alternatively high and low tone sound is fed to the ear. Then gradually the low frequency sound is removed from the music, and the ear is introduced to higher and higher frequencies. This therapy helps in improving the tone, and responsiveness of the middle ear muscles. (Tinnitus)
  • Tai Chi- is an ancient Chinese exercise. It merges several smooth and intricate movements, breath control, and meditation to achieve a harmonious balance of mind, body and spirit. It is beneficial for people suffering from tinnitus and hyperacusis. (Hyperacusis)
  • T-Gone Remedies- are natural homeopathic remedies which can get rid of the ear ringing noises, or can significantly lessen the perceived sound. (Tinnitus)
  • TinnaRex- is a natural remedy laced with Rosmarinus officinale, Salicylic Ac. (30C), Avena sativa, Verbena officinalis and Ginkgo biloba. These herbs provide relief from the symptoms of Tinnitus. (Tinnitus)
  • Tinnitus Aromatherapy Relaxer- This unique relaxer while producing soothing sounds of the oceans, and birds, also emits aroma. One can select different aromas as per the requirement and relax. (Tinnitus)
  • Tinnitus Masking, White Noise- is one of the most common way of treating tinnitus. A small electronic device which generates gentle noise is placed behind the ear. The noise produced by the device is called white noise, which prevents the wearer from hearing his own head noise. (Tinnitus)
  • Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)- In this therapy a mixture of psychotherapy and sound generators are used to treat hyperacusis. Sound generators help to decrease patient’s sensitivity to sounds, and psychotherapy helps a patient to view sound more positively. Although it is a time consuming process, it is the most popular therapy. (Hyperacusis, Tinnitus)
  • Tissue Salts- are the inorganic minerals present in the body, the deficiency of any one leads to illness. 12X Kali. Sulph taken in the evening, helps alleviate nighttime tinnitus. Nat. Mur. is also helpful in certain types of tinnitus. (Tinnitus)
  • The Stapes Operation (Stapedectomy)- It has been found that, many a times tinnitus patients benefit from Stapedectomy. (Tinnitus)
  • Thermal Auricular Therapy- popularly known as Hopi Ear Candle, is considered to be beneficial in treating tinnitus. The warm candle improves blood circulation, and this may lead to reduction of noise. (Tinnitus)
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation- was basically developed for mapping and measuring brain functionality. It is widely believed that repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) might help in the reduction of tinnitus symptoms. However further research is required to see how safe it is. (Tinnitus)
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation- Tinnitus can jeopardize a person’s social, emotional and personal life. TENS can be a useful way to better the quality of life of patients with tinnitus. (Tinnitus)
  • Treatment with Clonazepam and Propranolol- Studies have shown that tinnitus patient benefited largely after the treatment with propranolol and clonazepam. (Tinnitus)
  • Use of Zinc Supplement- there is a consensus among almost all the researchers that, Zinc supplement helps in improving ot only tinnitus but even hearing. (Tinnitus)
  • Using Ear Plugs- helps by lessening the amount of sound that the person is exposed to. Although this method is frowned upon, as in the long run it may lead to high intolerance to any kind of noise, many people find relief from it. (Hyperacusis)
  • Vitamin A Supplement- is very important for the health of inner ear. Vitamin A also has been found to be effective in repairing hearing loss, if taken immediately after hearing loss has occurred. (Hyperacusis)
  • Vitamin B6 and Magnesium- Deficiency of magnesium, and vitamin B6 might be one of the causes of hyperacusis. A diet rich in beans, green vegetables, chicken, fish and grains might go a long way in helping combat hyperacusis. (Hyperacusis)
  • Yoga- can help fight host of hearing problems. It is believed that some specific yoga can help in getting relief from tinnitus, hyperacusis and other ear ailments. (Tinnitus, Hypercusis)
  • Zinc- Most of the times, patients are advised to take zinc supplements. (Hyperacusis)