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May 24, 2005

Ear Rings: Tinnitus

Fifty million Americans experience tinnitis and 12 million of them suffer with it enough to seek medical attention.

According to the American Tinnitus Association, tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ears or head where no external source is present. The word comes from Latin and means "to tinkle or ring like a bell."

The exact physiological cause of tinnitus is not known. The ATA recognizes the following as possible causes: Noise-induced hearing loss, wax build-up in the hearing canal, ear or sinus infections, jaw misalignment, cardiovascular disease and certain medications.

There are alternatives to hearing aides, cochlear implants, or possible surgery that severs a nerve, but the result vary with each individual. You can experiment with the following to see which of these work for you.

Some people have taken minerals such as magnesium or zinc, herbal preparations such as Ginkgo biloba, homeopathic remedies, or B vitamins for their tinnitus, and found them to be helpful. Other alternative treatments include acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, magnets, hyperbaric oxygen or hypnosis.

Posted by linda at May 24, 2005 8:10 AM

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