Tinnitus is a disorder that affects 36 million people. Tinnitus causes the patient to hear a constant ringing or swishing in one or both ears. Find out how to ease the symptoms of tinnitus naturally.

Symptoms of Tinnitus

Ringing in the ears is often accompanied by other symptoms such as ear pain, fullness in the ear, dizziness, loss of balance, pain, headache and nasal congestion.

Causes of Tinnitus

Causes of vary from middle ear infection, allergies, high blood pressure, dental work, regular exposure to ear-damaging noise, advancing age and Meniere's disease. In rare cases, can be a symptom of an aneurysm or brain tumor.

Treat Tinnitus Naturally

The best natural treatment for tinnitus depends on the cause. Those who suffer from this disorder have benefited from the following:

• Tinnitus has been linked to deficiencies in both vitamin B12 & magnesium. Supplementing your diet with vitamin B12 & chelated magnesium may help stop or reduce the symptoms.

• Foods & drinks containing caffeine have been linked to magnesium-depletion in the body. Avoiding caffeine in addition to adding a magnesium supplement may help stop or reduce symptoms.

• Since allergies can be a contributing factor, it might be helpful to keep a food diary. Keep track of everything you’ve eaten for a week and see if any of your symptoms worsen or get better depending on what foods you consume.

• Aspirin, ibuprophen & quinine have been linked to this condition. If you take these pain relievers often, switching to a natural substitute such as Boswellia may relieve your symptoms.

• Gingko biloba has been shown to reduce dizziness & improve blood circulation. (Take care not to use this remedy if you are pregnant or on blood thinners).

• The mineral zinc can help reduce or eliminate tinnitus.

• A couple drops of castor oil in the ears is an old folk remedy for tinnitus.

• Onion juice can also be put into the ears (1 drop three times per week until symptoms are relieved) then once each week for maintenance.

• There are several homeopathic remedies that can be used for tinnitus. Check out the list here. Consult a naturopath in your area to find out how to treat your symptoms with homeopathy.

• Listening to a white noise, ocean or babbling brook CD while falling asleep may help mask ringing & hissing in ears caused by tinnitus.

Tinnitus is an annoying and sometimes debilitating condition. Treating tinnitus naturally should help you find some relief.

Author's Bio: 

Jaime is the creator and founder of http://www.itoldyouiwassick.com. It's a website dedicated to validating mystery symptoms and offering natural, alternative methods of treatment. Her articles focus on getting to the 'root cause' of a problem, not merely masking the symptoms.