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
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- Find a local Ear, Nose, & Throat Doctor in your town
Is there anything to do to lessen intensity of the tinnitus?
It is important to realize that the hearing system is one of the most delicate and sensitive mechanisms in the body. Since it is a part of the general nervous system, it is sensitive, to some degree, by anything that affects the overall health of the individual (both physical and psychological). Therefore, in order to lessen the intensity of tinnitus, it is advisable to make every effort to:
- Avoid exposure to loud sounds and noises
- Control blood pressure
- Decrease salt intake
- Avoid nerve stimulants such as coffee and colas (caffeine) and tobacco (nicotine)
- Reduce anxiety
- Try to stop worrying about the tinnitus. Often, the more you worry and concentrate on the noise, the louder it will become.
- Get adequate rest and avoid fatigue.
- Utilize masking noise. Tinnitus is usually more bothersome when the surroundings are quiet, especially when you are in bed. A competing sound such as a ticking clock, a radio, a fan or white noise machine may help mask tinnitus. Small hearing aid like devices which generate a competitive sound may help reduce the awareness of the tinnitus.
- Biofeedback may help or diminish tinnitus in some patients.
- Avoid aspirin or aspirin products in large quantities
Additional resources from WebMD Boots UK on Tinnitus
Arda, H.N. et al. The role of zinc in the treatment of tinnitus. Otol Neurotol. 2003 Jan;24(1):86-9.
Azevedo, A.A. et al. Tinnitus treatment with acamprosate: double-blind study. Braz J Otorhinolaryngol. 2005 Sep-Oct;71(5):618-23. Epub 2006 Mar 31.
Megwalu, U.C. et al. The effects of melatonin on tinnitus and sleep. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Feb;134(2):210-3.
Last Editorial Review: 1/21/2011
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