Natural and Home Remedies for Tinnitus

Author: Carrie Meyer

Tinnitus affects one in ten American adults. This very common problem is extremely upsetting and frustrating for many people. There is currently no medical or surgical treatment for tinnitus. This absence of traditional western medical treatment leads many people to investigate natural, herbal or homeopathic remedies for their tinnitus.  

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Dr. Carrie Meyer

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I have been a clinical audiologist for over 30 years. I have worked with patients from newborn to over 100 years of age. I have worked in conjunction with ENT surgeons the last 10 years, assessing candidacy for bone anchored hearing aids.

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Vitamins and herbal treatments

A quick search of the internet yields hundreds of different companies with all-natural herbal tinnitus treatments. Unfortunately, solid scientific research does not show that any of these remedies are safe or effective. 


Ginko biloba is a common herbal supplement recommended for tinnitus relief.  It is also the most studied dietary supplement for tinnitus treatment. A number of clinical trials have been performed, with mixed results. Some studies found the supplement reduced tinnitus symptoms, while others found no significant effect.[1]


Flavonoids are another popular tinnitus supplement. Recent randomized controlled trials show no conclusive evidence that flavonoids have any effect on the perception of tinnitus.[2]


Vitamin B, specifically B12, has been researched and preliminary findings suggest it could improve tinnitus. It is very important to have a thorough physical evaluation and blood work performed by your physician to determine if a B12 deficiency is causing your tinnitus. [3]


Other natural tinnitus treatment options include:


Acupuncture has been studied at length for treatment of chronic pain and tinnitus. A recent randomized clinical trial showed acupuncture to be effective in reducing the loudness and severity of tinnitus.[4]


Relaxation exercises such as yoga, guided imagery, Tai-chi and meditation have been used for years to reduce stress and improve mood. While these tinnitus exercises may not reduce your perception of tinnitus, they will improve your ability to cope and manage your symptoms.


Avoiding tinnitus triggers is helpful for many people. Common triggers include beverages with caffeine such as coffee, tea and colas. Alcohol can also exacerbate tinnitus as can salt and monosodium glutamate. Some people find the nitrates in cured meats such as bacon, ham and sausage can be problematic. I encourage my patients to keep a food journal for several weeks to help them pinpoint what foods may be affecting their tinnitus. 


Healthy lifestyle changes can have the biggest impact on tinnitus. Nicotine which reduces blood flow to the inner ear can aggravate tinnitus. Quitting smoking or vaping will have a positive effect on your overall health and could also reduce your tinnitus. Exercise improves blood flow, lowers blood pressure, and helps improve sleep quality, all factors which can improve tinnitus. 


Underlying health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and atherosclerosis can all cause tinnitus. Managing these conditions will improve overall health and reduce tinnitus. 


There is no cure for tinnitus. But working with your primary care physician and making changes to reduce your stress and improve your health is the safest and most effective treatment. 

[1] Von Boetticher, A. (2011). Ginkgo biloba extract in the treatment of tinnitus. A systematic review.  Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 7, 441-447.

[2] Rojas-Roncancio, E., Tyler, R., Jun, H.-J., Wang, T.-C., Ji, H., Coehlho, Cl, Gantz, B. (2016) Manganese and Lipoflavonoid Plus to treat tinnitus:A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. Doi:10.3766/jaaa.15106.

[3] Berkiten, G., Yildirim, G.,Topalogolu, Il., & Ugras, H. (2013) Vitamin B12 levels in patients with tinnitus and effectiveness of vitamin B12 treatment on hearing threshold and tinnitus. B-ENT, 9(2), 111-116.

[4] Naderinabi, B., Soltanipour, S., Nemati, S., Saberi, A., Parastesh, S., (2018). Acupuncture for chronic nonpulsatile tinnitus:  A randomized clinical trial. Caspian J Intern Med, Winter, 9(1), 38-45.

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