The following is a list of the most common questions and some brief answers about tinnitus. This includes more recent questions about tinnitus and Botox, ASA and other home remedies.
Does ASA (aspirin) cause ringing in the ears?
Some side effects from taking acetaminophen, aspirin, ASA and/or caffeine can include ringing in the ears. Do not take acetaminophen; aspirin, ASA; caffeine with other non-prescription medicines, especially cold and allergy medicines, without consulting your family physician.
Can an ear wash cause tinnitus?
Never stick a cue tip in your ears. Before considering an ear wash, wax removal, or ear candling you must understand the many risks of inner ear damage including infections, perforation and/or damaging the little tiny hairs that help sound. Please consult an ears, nose, and throat specialist before inserting anything in your ears.
Are there home remedies for ringing in ears?
I’m a skeptic. In search of my own tinnitus cure, I put my body to the test and tried multiple home remedies. None worked. There are many claims on the internet about home remedies, but I have yet have found one that has scientific evidence to back up its claims. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
Again, consult your family physician before investing in herbal remedies, acupuncture, hypnosis, message therapy, ear candling, etc. When it comes to herbal remedies, there may be some drugs in there that conflict with your current medications. For example, a common trend is to try Gingko Biloba which has some benefits for the right use.
However, patients with blood circulation disorders or patients that use blood thinners should immediately consult their doctor prior to using Gingko. Having said this, I’ve never seen any conclusive evidence that Gingko helps tinnitus.
Can the use of a cell phone cause tinnitus?
About two months ago, a woman called my home terrified that she contracted permanent tinnitus and was convinced it was caused by her high mobile usage. So I did a bit of research. In 2003, a study by Leif Salford and colleagues at Lund University Hospital in Lund, Sweden was published that showed microwave radiation emitted from mobile phones caused damage to the brains of laboratory rats.
The study attached cell phones to the cages of rats and varied the intensity of radiation to reflect the range of exposures a human cell phone user might experience over the same time period. They exposed the rats to this radiation for two hours. Fifty days after the one-time, two-hour exposure, the rats’ brains showed significant blood vessel leakage as well as areas of shrunken, damaged neurons.
The higher the radiation exposure, the more damage was apparent. This study was not tinnitus specific. However, enough was said to convince me to keep my phone on speaker mode.
What else should you do if you have tinnitus?
If you can’t sleep at night because of your tinnitus, and you experience intermittent ringing in ears, or permanent ringing ears, and you are wondering how to stop ringing in your ears then I would highly recommend that you start your research with the American Tinnitus Association.
It is a great place to learn about what is tinnitus, tinnitus research, tinnitus relief, tinnitus remedy, ringing ears, tinnitus masker, cause of tinnitus, dizziness due to ringing in ears, muscular tinnitus, brain tumors and tinnitus, tinnitus treatment options, noised induce hearing loss and much more!
Paul Tobey is a professional motivational speaker who has performed many seminars for ringing ears sufferers and is author of Tinnitus Free Living a Tinnitus Handbook Self Help Guide which helps people reduce their tinnitus volume.