John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- Tinnitus facts
- What is, and what are the symptoms of tinnitus?
- What causes tinnitus?
- How is tinnitus evaluated?
- What is the treatment of tinnitus?
- Tinnitus medications
- What are tinnitus relief remedies?
- Can tinnitus be prevented?
- Is there anything to do to lessen intensity of the tinnitus?
- Tinnitus Pictures - Slideshow
- Take the Ear Infection Quiz
- Balance Disorders - Slideshow
- Find a local Ear, Nose, & Throat Doctor in your town
What are tinnitus relief remedies?
Some common and easy remedies such as the following may be of benefit to some individuals.
- Reducing or avoiding caffeine and salt intake, and quitting smoking may help relieve tinnitus symptoms.
- Some tinnitus patients have been found to have lower zinc levels and may benefit from zinc supplementation.
- One study showed melatonin may help tinnitus sufferers, particularly those with disturbed sleep due to the tinnitus. However, this is not yet been verified in controlled studies.
- Ginkgo Biloba has been touted as a natural tinnitus remedy, but controlled studies to date have not shown it to be effective.
- There are some behavioral and cognitive therapies that have been successful in treating tinnitus. Seeking out a multidisciplinary program at a tinnitus center may improve chances of successful treatment. The types of therapies include tinnitus retraining therapy, masking, and behavioral therapy.
Can tinnitus be prevented?
Do not place objects in your ear such as cotton swabs (Q-tips) to clean your ear. This can cause a wax impaction against your eardrum which can cause tinnitus. Take blood pressure medicines and other prescribed medications as they are ordered by your doctor.
According to the American Tinnitus Association there are several things you can do to protect yourself from excessive noise related tinnitus:
- Protect your hearing at work. Your work place should follow Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. Wear ear plugs or earmuffs and follow hearing conservation guidelines set by your employer.
- When around any noise that bothers your ears (a concert, sporting event, hunting) wear hearing protection or reduce noise levels.
- Even everyday noises, such as blow drying your hair or using a lawnmower, can require protection. Keep ear plugs or earmuffs handy for these activities.
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