Cure Tinnitus: Five Step Program to Stop that Ringing in Your Ears

Tinnitus is a symptom that something is wrong, so the first step is to figure out what’s going on with you and the next steps are to make the changes you need to correct whatever is wrong.

1) Keep a diary for a few days. You can use a notebook or just scraps of paper. Writing things down helps you remember and acknowledge what’s going on. Ask yourself these questions.

When do I have my tinnitus? What does it sound like? Does it sound different at different times?

What was I thinking when I noticed my ears ringing? How do I feel? Am I anxious? sad? in a hurry? If something makes me mad, is that when my head starts to ring? Am I always worried about doing enough? Am I trying to be perfect?

Am I sleeping well? Is it hard to fall asleep or do I wake up in the wee hours and toss and turn?

What am I listening to with my earbuds? What outside noises am I subject to?

What am I eating? (Your ears aren’t made out of Cheetos!)

What am I drinking? (A lot of caffeine? How much? A lot of alcohol? How much?) Using drugs of any sort?

Are my ears so full of water after my shower that I feel compelled to dry them with a Q-tip? Do I never clean them? (Tinnitus can be caused by too much wax or by compressing the wax against your ear drum.)

Does the tinnitus start when I lie down? Is it the being horizontal or is it because there are no distracting noises? (You can experiment by sitting up for a few minutes and then lying down again.) How is my posture? My breathing? Do I slump and hold my breath? (While bad posture is not implicated in causing tinnitus, good posture will help your body heal.)

Is my jaw clicking and getting stuck? When does that happen?

2) Visit your doctor. Tinnitus can be caused by an underlying condition such as high blood pressure or hyper-thyroid that your doctor can diagnose.

Bring your diary with you. It’s your doctor’s job to figure out what’s wrong and set you on the road to healing yourself, but she can’t guess what you don’t tell her. Your diary will help you to be honest and thorough and help your doctor diagnose.

3) Enroll in yoga class. Whether your tinnitus originates in your ears or in your brain’s hearing center, we’ll focus on learning to release the tinnitus by using the brain. Yoga teaches you a mind-body connection that has been largely ignored in Western culture.

First, with a good yoga teacher, you learn to use your muscles more mindfully, to use your brain to command specific muscles to contract, for example, when without direction they would relax. (This you can learn from any number of physical activities that require doing what someone else tells you to do when they say to do it—dance class and golf lessons will do.)

Second, yoga positions are designed to increase your lung capacity, inhance your circulation, rid you of toxins, and improve body ergonomics.

Third, and most important, a good yoga class will have a few minutes of guided meditation in which you’ll learn to listen to your body and release its tensions.

4) Improve your diet, drink a lot of water, and get a little sun. Give your brain and your ears the vitamins and minerals they deserve! Big Macs and Oreos just don’t cut it. Choose to eat more vegetables, preferably raw and allow yourself all the dressing you want, because fats help the body absorb micro-nutrients. If you’re going to have a burger, choose a brand with the most vegetable matter. If you’re going to have a snack, eat apples, green beans, and nuts.

Your brain is 80% water and when you are not hydrated, it’s full of dry pockets–microscopic swiss cheese. Hydrate your brain’s hearing center! Your need for water changes with the weather, your activities, and what you’re eating, so find water that you like and enjoy it. (I use the Everpure 300 system to filter my tap water. It’s mounted under my kitchen sink and it delivers water through a special tap.)

Take a multi-vitamin-and-minerals supplement even if you think you should be able to get everything you need from food. People with tinnitus are found to be low on B12 and zinc. Dr. Weil’s vitamins pass my test: They include mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), which most don’t, and they have B12 and zinc. You probably don’t need to take nearly as many pills as is recommend on the package (I don’t) and it’s a cheap fix.

Low Vitamin D the sunshine vitamin is implicated in high blood pressure and hyper-thyroid. Sunbathe safely, just fifteen to thirty minutes with your face and hands protected, because your face and hands suffer the most weather. (I use Neutrogena’s Age Shield Face sunblock.)

5) Go back to your diary and your doctor’s recommendations and address your issues: Anxiety, insomnia, too much caffeine, TMJ, noise polution, whatever it may be that causes your tinnitus. While you’re at it, use the mind-body techniques you learned in yoga to release the ringing from your brain.

Health Tip
People with tinnitus are found to have lower levels of zinc and B-12. Get yours in a B-Complex plus Zinc and Vitamin C
Health Tip
Hyper-thyroid can cause tinnitus, even before a hormone imbalance is detected. Vitamin D helps your body regulate thyroid. Get it naturally from
Cod Liver Oil

Information in these pages is not a substitute for visiting your doctor
and is not intended as medical advice.

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