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Are there alternative treatments for objective tinnitus?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

People have tried lots of alternative remedies, including ginkgo, zinc, hypnosis, and acupuncture. But there is not much evidence that these work on any type of tinnitus, or noise in the ears. Because objective tinnitus is such a rare, specific type - the result of physical problems that cause the muscles or blood vessels near the ears to make noise - conventional treatment such as surgery may be recommended to solve the underlying problem. In cases where tinnitus can't be cured, many patients get relief from a white noise machine or tinnitus masker (a hearing-aid-sized white noise machine) that drowns out the tinnitus noise.

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