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What are the Different Treatments for Ringing in One Ear?

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Although there are no specific treatments for ringing in one ear, there is a wide body of literature showing that certain factors may help reduce the symptoms of the condition. Supplementation with zinc, melatonin and ginko biloboa have all been shown to have a positive effect on reducing symptoms of tinnitus, or the ringing in one ear or both ears. Reducing the burden of certain environmental and internal factors such as loud noises and stress can also help keep tinnitus symptoms in low levels. Often an individual who suffers from ringing in one ear can use relaxation therapies such as yoga or massage to help relieve pain due to tinnitus.

Tinnitus can be caused by a wide range of factors, such as overexposure to loud noises, invading viruses or high blood pressure, so no single treatment has been found for pure relief. There are, however, many recommendations that can help relieve annoying symptoms from ringing in one ear or both ears that are safe. One recommendation is to test the levels of zinc in the body, as individuals who suffer from tinnitus have been shown to have lower levels of zinc than normal. Supplementation with zinc may relieve some side effects associated with ringing and pain in the ear.

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Melatonin supplementation may help individuals receive relief from pain or ringing at night by helping the body produce more of this hormone. As the symptoms of tinnitus can interfere with sleep, melatonin helps regulate the sleep cycle by providing the hormone that aids in sleep promotion. According to one herbal analysis, ginkgo biloba showed promise in helping individuals relieve some symptoms from tinnitus. This herb, in its extracted form, has been used for treating many ailments and painful symptoms in the head, such as headaches and earaches.

Relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation are helpful treatments in relieving stress and providing some relief from the pain associated with ringing in one ear. Massage is another alternative form of treatment that has been shown to offer some relief, especially when the majority of the massage is directed toward the head and neck. Bringing down high blood pressure, which can often be associated with headaches or ringing in one ear, may also provide relief. Avoiding the placement of objects in the ear, such as a cotton swab, can help prevent further symptoms of tinnitus.

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