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Stop Your Ears Ringing - A Logical and Realistic Approach

Those that have ringing in their ears, spend their lives trying to do something about it.  Lots of companies have products claiming theirs will stop tinnitus, but it’s not usually so easy, and the endless waiting for results can be both frustrating and upsetting.

But it is possible to stop your ears ringing, although it isn’t always easy. It frequently requires trial and error of many different products and supplements before discovering which one is right for your symptoms.

The most important first step is thinking about the cause of your tinnitus. It can be easy to try and just ignore it, but this step can make the difference between stopping it and allowing it to become a chronic problem.

Commonly it will be caused either by nerve damage to the ear or from loud noises damaging the sensitive hairs in the inner ear. This damage often happens as a result of age as well as exposure to loud noises, which is why many older people have tinnitus.

But tinnitus can also be caused by a variety of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, several diseases and even stress and trauma.

Try to think back to when you first noticed tinnitus, was there anything that seemed to coincide with the onset of the tinnitus?

Most remedies will be focused around dealing with underlying problem rather than the actually symptom of ringing in the ears, meaning that ‘cures’ are only cures if you have that underlying issue, on some people they may not work at all.

A safe and easy way to help your tinnitus may be with simple vitamin supplements, as these will only work for a percentage of the population of tinnitus sufferers, they cannot be called cures.

Vitamins (A, B12 and other B vitamins, D and E)

Many vitamins play a major role in the hearing and ears, the deficiency of some which may cause or worsen symptoms of tinnitus.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A, or beta carotene plays a role in helping the body to repair and recover from injury, it also plays a role in sight and night vision.

There is anecdotal evidence that the deficiency of this important vitamin could lead to tinnitus, but it is more likely that a deficiency prevents optimum healing of damage in the ears, and by taking a supplement the body can use this to promote healing of the ear and therefore reduce tinnitus.

You can help your intake of vitamin A by eating certain foods like carrots, live, beef, spinach and sweet potatoes. But you can also take a supplement, however if you choose to take a tablet, ensure it is beta carotene not vitamin A as the body will expel any excess beta carotene not needed, yet not vitamin A, and too much vitamin A can cause toxicity.

B vitamins

B vitamins are needed in the body for a variety of reasons, ranging from the metabolism to repairing cells and making red blood cells.

Vitamin B12 is the most often cited vitamin to help in the symptomatic relief of tinnitus. Studies have shown a significant percentage of those with tinnitus have a deficiency in vitamin B12, and that a supplement of easy to absorb Vitamin B12, or intramuscular injections of it actually reduce or cure the tinnitus.

This can be easily achieved with a tablet of easy to absorb vitamin B12 called Methylcobalamin, taken in a dissolving form rather than a capsule to swallow should ensure enough vitamin B12 is absorbed by the body.

Vitamin D

Some studies have suggested a link between hearing problems (including tinnitus) and vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D is very important in the absorption of calcium and building of strong bones, without enough vitamin D you will likely not have enough calcium in your body. This could mean that your bones become very rigid in the ear, or excess bones grow, vitamin D could help with this problem.

You can eat certain foods like salmon and herring to increase your vitamin D intake, or take a supplement with calcium.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant and it helps to promote healing of scar tissue. For this reason it can be useful if taken for damaged ears, it also helps prevent damage cause by narrowing arteries, which can cause tinnitus.

Find vitamin E in nuts, seeds and fatty fish or take a supplement with other vitamins, but do not take if you are taking anti-coagulant drugs.

Always check with your doctor before taking any new supplement, especially if you are taking any other medication or you have any other medical problems.