Ringing ears is a common occurrence for almost everyone at some point of life. Ringing sound can be heard for short periods either in one or both the ears. There is nothing wrong if it happens occasionally. But ringing of ears constantly can be a nuisance causing discomfort. This phenomenon of ringing sound in ears is known as tinnitus. Tinnitus can occur due to various factors like ear injury, severe ear infection, aging, reaching high altitudes, having recurrent respiratory tract infections. For some people vitamin deficiency can cause tinnitus. Abnormal growth of bones in the ear can cause ringing ears. Chronic disorders like diabetes or high blood pressure or even circulatory problems can trigger tinnitus.
Treatment for tinnitus includes the underlying problems. Clearing off the earwax can help in providing relief from ringing noise. Giving alternate medication can reduce the tinnitus in some people. Noise suppression can be done by using devices like white noise machines or masking machines. Medical treatment is available in the form of antidepressants like amitriptyline or alprazolam.
Some of the simple home remedies for treating tinnitus are given here :-
1. Ginkgo Biloba
This herb is effective in improving blood flow which triggers proper ear functioning thus reducing ringing ears. Ginkgo biloba is also an excellent antibacterial agent for removing any ear infection causing tinnitus. You can easily get this herb from the drug store in your place. It is available in the form of pills and capsules. Prescribed dose of this herb is 120-240 mg per day. Ginkgo contains about 25% flavonoids and 10% of terpenoids. Once you start this medicine you need to follow it for minimum 6 weeks. Always check with your doctor before taking any treatment since some of the powerful herbs can interfere with your daily drugs.
2. Apple Vinegar
Vinegar solution can be used for controlling ringing of ears. You can mix 2-3 tsp of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water. Add few drops of honey for taste. Drink this mixture daily for a week or 10 days to get improved results. Vinegar solution is a good anti-inflammatory agent fighting with ear infection.
3. Basil Leaves
Holy basil is known for its antibacterial property. It can clear off any kind of bacterial or fungal infection causing earwax. You can easily extract basil juice by crushing few leaves in a blender. Slightly warm this juice and with the help of a ear dropper you can put 2-3 drops of basil juice in the paining ear. Basil helps in relieving wax and clearing off the pain in no time.
You can extract onion juice by cutting into small pieces and slightly heating it and crushing it with your hand. Apply onion juice directly in the ear and leave it for a while before draining the extract by tilting your head. Repeat this process several times a week or until the tinnitus clears off.
5. Garlic Pods
Similar to onion, garlic has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory property. Crush few pods of garlic and mix it with few drops of sesame oil. Filter it to extract plain juice and apply this juice with a dropper directly into the ear. You can repeat this remedy for a week or more until the ear pain goes off. You can get quality sleep without any ear pain by applying garlic juice on the ear before bedtime.
6. Chewing Ginger
If you are scared to apply juice directly into the ears, you can follow this simple remedy. Crush freshly cut ginger pieces and throw it into a cup of boiling water. Let it sit for a while. After that strain this solution and drink this tea after adding honey for taste. Alternatively, you can chew fresh ginger pieces slowly to get instant relief from ear pain.
7. Mustard Oil
Slightly warm the mustard oil and apply few drops of this oil into the ear with a dropper slowly. After allowing it for few minutes, bend your head slightly to drain off excess of oil. Earwax inside the ear canal gets loosened after mixing with mustard oil, which can be removed easily using ear-bud.
How To Prevent?
- Include plenty of fresh fruits in your daily diet.
- Drink fresh fruit juices regularly which add nutrients to your system thus improving immunity.
- Do not use ear-buds to clean your ears.
- Limit the usage of mobile phones.
- Reduce the level of music while using earphones. Use only optimal level.
- Stop smoking and drinking.
- Avoid hearing loud noises.
- Yoga and relaxation exercises can help in reducing stress level thus providing relief from ringing ears.
- Before going to sleep, play soft music.
** The above given natural remedies are meant only for mild ear pain and ringing of ears. It is always good to consult your ENT doctor if the symptoms are severe and accompanied with vomiting and nausea.