What’s Causing that Ringing in Your Ears? Treat it Naturally!

While there is no cure for tinnitus, there are a number of preventative measures you can take to avoid this condition.

Last update: 21 August, 2020

Buzzing or ringing in your ears can be annoying, especially if it happens often, or for long periods of time. In general, these noises are caused by external sources, such as insects. Sometimes, however, a person may hear buzzing when there are no insects or other outside sources present.

For example, it’s normal to hear ringing in your ears for a few hours after a concert. However, if the noise persists or increases in volume, it may be a sign of tinnitus. In these cases, the sound is only audible to the sufferer.

That’s why it’s very important to be able to distinguish between occasional ringing in your ears – caused by a particular source – and the presence of chronic tinnitus, which could signal the existence of a much bigger hearing problem.

What are the symptoms of tinnitus?

The symptoms of tinnitus can seem a little vague. The noise is usually constant, but may vary in volume. It may be heard as a buzzing, ringing, whooshing or whistling sound.

It’s also important to highlight that you may hear this sound in one or both ears. The exact nature of the noise can vary from one person to the next. For example, one patient may hear a loud and persistent sound, while another might hear a soft, low, whistling noise.

What causes tinnitus?

Tinnitus isn’t considered a disease in and of itself, rather it is a symptom of some larger problem in the auditory system, perhaps due to an infection in some part of the ear, or as a result of a birth defect. Some possible causes include:

  • Dehydration
  • Ototoxity
  • Lesions in the ears.
  • Drug use.
  • Tumours in the ears.
  • An infection of the middle ear.
  • Exposure to loud noises.
  • Perforated eardrum.
  • Sudden changes in blood pressure (although these cases are still unclear).
  • Accumulation of wax in the outer ear.
  • The presence of a foreign object in the inner ear.
  • Hardening of the small bones in the ear.

In the majority of cases, no exact cause can be determined. However, studies have shown that this is a problem that can have serious consequences for auditory health in the long run.

How can you treat tinnitus naturally?

Ringing in your ears.

1. Keep cholesterol levels low

Maintaining a healthy weight and healthy cholesterol levels can reduce the likelihood of you suffering conditions such as tinnitus. This is because tinnitus can be caused by changes in blood pressure (a symptom common in those suffering from high cholesterol and obesity).

2. Adopt a healthy diet

Following on from that last point, a healthy diet can help to maintain good general health, including your auditory health. As such, we would recommend limiting your intake of fat and sugar.

3. Don’t take aspirin or similar products

If you're suffering from tinnitus, avoid taking aspirin.

In some cases, taking certain medication can exacerbate symptoms associated with tinnitus. Because of their high content of acetylsalicylic acid, it’s best to avoid aspirin and herbal remedies, such as willow and meadowsweet, as they can actually make your symptoms worse.

4. Avoid excessive exposure to loud noises

As well as avoiding loud background noises, you should also be careful when using headphones and other devices.

As many of you probably already know, listening to loud music for long periods of time on a regular basis can seriously impair your hearing, and can even lead to total hearing loss.

People who – for whatever reason – are exposed to constant loud noises should wear ear protection to avoid damage to their auditory system. In these cases, prevention is fundamental.

5. Control your blood pressure

A doctor checking a patient's blood pressure.

Patients suffering from hyptertension often experience ringing in their ears more often than others, due to the increase in arterial blood pressure. In these cases, it’s important for the person to maintain a healthy lifestyle and get regular medical check-ups.

6. Get exercise

Exercising every day can help to improve circulation throughout the body and, in turn, prevent the occurrence of conditions such as tinnitus. While this might seem like a really simple measure, exercise is extremely beneficial for your health.

7. Drink plenty of water

Similarly, drinking plenty of water is essential for your body, including your ears. In fact, dehydration can cause annoying ringing or buzzing in the ears. The imbalance causes changes in arterial blood pressure, which can in turn lead to other symptoms, such as tinnitus.

Don’t forget…

Taking care of your auditory health is much simpler than it might seem. The tips and advice mentioned here today are just the basics. For more detail, it’s best to consult with your doctor, who can provide more information on other measures you can put in place to help maintain good auditory health.