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Azelia2 posted:
I have had ringing in the ears (Tinnitus) for about 6-7 years now. I also have fibromyligia. I heard that fibro can also make the ringing worst. Is that true? Recently, I read about ear drops manufactured by St. John's Research. The drops are called: Dr. John's Special Ear Drops. They claim to reduce and/or stop the ringing. Have you ever hear of them and do they work? If this is just a false advertisement, is there anything else that will reduce the ringing and buzzing? Some days, its not so bad and some days its almost intorable. Can you help me? Thank you. You can reply to: craftyladyusa@hotmail.com

Sandy
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Sandy, I can only reply on this open board -- not privately via an email. Unfortunately, there are not definitive cures for tinnitus in most cases. If there were, this company would be famous and unbelievably wealthy. You are always free to try anything you want, but most claims of this sort are merely anecdotal and do not have any medical/scientific studies to back them up.

Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom ? a symptom of many common medical problems, such as ear infections, wax impactions, noise exposure (like rock concerts), TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders, or even a side effect of certain medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, caffeine, or birth control pills. Tinnitus may also be a symptom of more serious illnesses like high blood pressure, anxiety/depression, diabetes, thyroid disorders, M?ni?re?s disease, blood vessel disorders, or tumors. Finding a cause of tinnitus can be simple, or it may require extensive diagnostic tests, like an MRI or CAT scan. In many cases, a cause is never found ? a fact that frustrates many tinnitus sufferers and their medical providers. You have had tinnitus for seven years. It is not likely that you have one of the easy to cure causes.

Even if a cause is not found, there is still hope for successful treatment aimed at quieting the noise and controlling the anxiety. Not all techniques work for everyone. Usually, it is a combination of therapies, used over time, that offer the best hope. Quieting the ringing will require a lifelong commitment to lifestyle changes, cooperative medical care, and most importantly ? a positive and optimistic attitude.

Antianxiety medications, like Valium or Xanax, as well as a wide range of antidepressant medications are very helpful for tinnitus-sufferers. Other medications, such as diuretics (water pills), muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants medications, and antihistamines are also used and individually prescribed by your doctor.

Biofeedback, relaxation training, counseling, and individualized psychotherapy helps manage stress and help you change your body?s reaction to the tinnitus. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) combines counseling with special background sounds designed to help people suppress the sounds of their tinnitus.

Special hearing aids, electronic masking devices, or both, are often used when other methods have failed to achieve control. Cochlear implants and cochlear stimulation devices are being investigated for severe, intractable tinnitus cases. Surgical injections of lidocaine directly into the inner ear structure are also being used in some individual cases.

Alternative treatments such as hypnosis, acupuncture, homeopathics (like your eardrops), chiropractic adjustments, vitamin/mineral supplements, herbal remedies (including Ginkgo biloba) may have some promise, but there is little, if any, meaningful research as to their individual effectiveness. Ginkgo biloba is said to improve blood flow and nerve function, but should be used with caution if you have a bleeding disorder or take blood-thinners. There are some ongoing studies to determine if Gingko biloba is safe and effective for tinnitus. It is recommended that all tinnitus-sufferers explore alternative options carefully, with the cooperation of their medical providers.

Certain lifestyle changes are very important for those that have tinnitus. Caffeine is one of the most common aggravators of tinnitus and should be very limited. Coffee, teas, caffeinated colas, and chocolate all contain significant amounts of caffeine capable of constricting blood flow to the ear. Nicotine found in tobacco also constricts blood flow and can aggravate tinnitus, so efforts should be made to stop tobacco in all forms. A low-salt diet is also recommended by many medical providers, so hide that salt shaker and watch the sodium content of foods that you eat.

I have tinnitus as well, Sandy, so I know how you feel. I hope you are seeing a good ENT specialist.
 
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salscandle responded:
I have had Dr Johns ear drops for about 14 years now.When nothing else worked, these drops got rid of my tinnitus.It took about a month to get completely rid of it and I had to combine acupuncture with it.The drops are fabulous.Bio Ear also works well but not as well as Dr Johns.

I also ahve some pills by "Life Works Inc." which I bought through Dr Leonards catalogue Labeled "Tinnitus Pills" and these are also great.That company just went out of business so I bought 4 bottles of these.Sometimes my tinnitus comes back and my "Cures" always gets rid of the tinnitus. I am tinnitus free 99.8% of the time and have been for 14 years now.
 
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to salscandle's response:
What seemed to work for you, may not be applicable to other people...there are HUNDREDS of causes of tinnitus.

The over-the-counter concoction you are taking has not been scientifically proven to be effective. Unfortunately, there are no "tinnitus cures", but I am pleased that your tinnitus has resolved.
 
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turtlemetta responded:
However it works, I've used it for years. It does wonders for me when nothing else could. I swear by it. Cures my tinnitus or sore ears every time. I may need to use it repeatedly for a few days, but it does the trick for me. I even use it on my dog when nothing else soothes her ears.
 
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turtlemetta replied to turtlemetta's response:
I was speaking about the Dr. John's Special Ear Drops. They are permanently in my self-care bag of tricks.
 
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to turtlemetta's response:
I am pleased that you have found an over-the-counter treatment that is helping you....


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