Tinnitus, noises that occur in the ear rather than in the outside environment, chronically affects around 10 to 20% of the population. It arises as a result of injury to the ear, all forms of otitis, a blocked eustacian tube, otosclerosis, middle ear tumors or Meniere’s disease. It can also be related to the use of various pharmaceutical drugs, circulatory and cardiovascular disorders, thyroid disease and head injury. It’s usually a symptom of disease rather than a disease itself and causes a significant level of misery in those who have to endure it.
Cochlear implants in those with hearing loss may help, as can hearing aids. Playing background music to mask the tinnitus is often used and “tinnitus maskers” are also available. Unfortunately, few people using these measures experience substantial relief.
Tinnitus can be reduced in some people by acupuncture, the use of magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, B3 and B12, choline, gingko, prickly ash and black cohosh, but the condition is notoriously difficult to treat.
Whilst there’s been no clinical trial confirmation of the effectiveness of homeopathy for this problem, a number of practitioners have seen significant relief provided by the following remedies.
|Remedy||Sounds heard||Modalities/ Comments|
|Chenopodium ant.||No modalities known for this remedy|
|China sal.||Unknown||No modalities known for this remedy|
|Ledum||Worse at night, worse from heat|
Better for cold, better for rest
|Thiosinaminum||Unknown||No modalities known. Normally only used clinically where scar tissue or a thickening of the ear drum causes tinnitus|
These remedies should be used in 6C potencies, three times daily, only while the symptoms that relate specifically to the remedy are present. For any issues that don’t resolve in a reasonable period of time or those that increase in severity, the services of a qualified and experienced homoeopath should be sought.
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