Fred is a 55-year-old gentleman who presents to his family doctor with bilateral hearing loss. EG. Though there are no cures for tinnitus, there are therapeutic approaches that provide relief and help manage these conditions. Supplementation with zinc (20 to 30 mg per day) can relieve or eliminate tinnitus in those with zinc deficiency—a common occurrence in many cases of tinnitus. In the most detailed conducted at The Ohio State University Eye and Ear Institute, 61 adults with chronic tinnitus were randomized to receive 3 mg melatonin or placebo nightly for 30 days followed by a one-month washout period before switching over to the other treatment. That is an interesting mechanism of action, especially since tinnitus is often a side effect of prescription sleeping pills. Not surprisingly, researchers have found that if either melatonin or B12 are low in the blood, that they are associated with tinnitus.
Murray, ND, is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine. People with recent-onset tinnitus are more likely to respond to GBE compared to those who have had tinnitus for at least three years. Many people with low B12 levels experience complete resolution of their tinnitus when given a methylcobalamin form of B12. Results demonstrated very convincingly that melatonin was associated with a statistically significant decrease in tinnitus intensity and improved sleep quality in these patients with chronic tinnitus. After controlling for lifestyle, noise exposure, hearing, personality and other factors; a relationship between persistent tinnitus, defined as present at least a lot of the time, was reduced with fish consumption indicating another possible benefit from fish oil supplementation. The author of more than 30 books on health nutrition, Murray is also director of product development and education for Natural Factors Nutritional Products. Causes of tinnitus include hearing loss, exposure to loud noises or medicines, (particularly valium-type drugs [benzodiazepines], as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen).
Tinnitus for many elderly folks may be the tip of the iceberg if it is related to low vitamin B12 levels. Most important was my reduced appreciation of music. Given that drugs are often a cause of tinnitus, it may be that anyone taking a drug that is associated with tinnitus should also take melatonin to protect inner ear function and possibly prevent tinnitus.