Tinnitus or hyperacusis is characterized by constant unpleasant and intermittent sound in the ears. They may hurt the patient’s sleep and concentration. One of the possible reasons for this ailment is defect in auditory system, like pressure differences and lesions in cavities of inner ear and nerve endings, nervous imbalance of spine or jaw, circulatory or inflammatory tension of muscles, jaw and teeth imbalance, aging-related damage to auditory nerve, imbalance of cervical vertebrae, attack of inner ear by external particle, etc. Tinnitus is very difficult to treat, so care must be taken to avoid it in the first place or try out something that may not worsen the symptoms. Significant symptoms may include weakness or numbness on one side of the face, loss of coordination, and hissing, buzzing, roaring sounds in the ears. Tinnitus may continue for more than a week. If not treated on time, the symptoms become so severe that result in hearing loss. Here are some tried and tested home remedies to get rid of tinnitus.
Home Remedies for Tinnitus
1. Skull Thumping Trick
- Cover your ears with your palms in such a way that your fingers point backwards, supporting your skull.
- Your middle fingers must touch each other.
- Make your index fingers rest on your middle fingers.
- Flip your index fingers onto the backside of the skull (down off your middle fingers), so that it produces thumping or beating noise.
- Repeat this motion 40-50 times until you find that ringing has subsided.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and 1 tbsp of honey in a glass of water. Drink this solution 2-3 times daily, until you feel relief in ringing sensation of ears.
Crush two garlic cloves and heat them with sesame oil. Strain this mixture and put 2-3 drops of this oil in each ear. It must be done daily before going to bed, for a week.
Grate some onions and extract their juice. Heat it for 30 seconds and then allow it to cool. Put 2-3 drops of this juice in each ear. Leave it for 5 minutes and then turn your head sideways to drain off the extra juice. It must be repeated daily for a week.
Prepare ginger tea by steeping 1½ tbsp of freshly grated ginger in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain the mixture and add a little honey to it. Sip this tea 2-3 times daily for several days to ease the symptoms of tinnitus.
- Alternatively, chew some pieces of raw ginger to get rid of the pain in the ears.
6. Saline Solution
Mix 1 tbsp of salt and 1 tbsp of glycerin in 2 cups of warm water. Fill it in a nasal spray bottle and pour it in each nostril. This remedy must be repeated 2-3 times a day, until the nasal passage is completely cleared.
Pumpkin fulfills the deficiency of vitamin A in the body that is essential for proper functioning of the cochlea (inner ear) and handles transmission and reception of sounds.
8. Mustard Oil
Slightly warm some mustard oil and put a few drops in your ear. Let it sit there for 10 minutes and then tilt your head sideways so that the excess oil comes out of the ear. Repeat this once daily, for a week.
Include pineapple in your diet as it helps reduce inflammation in the body due to the presence of an enzyme known as bromelain. It can also be taken in the form of juice.
Munch dry fruits, such as raisins, date, and apricots to enhance the flow of blood in the surrounding areas of ears and thus will relieve inflammation and pain. It will ease the discomfort resulted due to tinnitus.
11. Sesame Oil
Calming and soothing properties of sesame oil give fast relief from the symptoms associated with sesame oil. You just need to warm 5-10 drops of sesame oil. Lie down and pour the oil, one by one in each ear, with a gap of 5-6 minutes. While doing this, breathe deeply.
12. Foot Bath
First soak your feet in hot water and afterwards, in cold water. This alternative foot bath will minimize the ringing, hissing or buzzing sound in the ears.
13. Fenugreek Seed Tea
Crush some fenugreek seeds (1 teaspoon) in a cup of boiled water, now heat this mix on simmer for 6-7 minutes. Drink it daily twice for atleast 10 days in a row, to alleviate tinnitus. Do not add milk to this tea.
Note – Expecting women should not use this remedy.