Alternative Treatments for Tinnitus

Managing the Ringing in Your Ears

You Can Use Complementary Therapies to Clear TinnitusCredit:

Note: This article is part of a series I'm writing on InfoBarrel about tinnitus.  The other articles talk about the causes of tinnitus and tinnitus symptoms and treatment.

Approximately one in every five people suffer from tinnitus which is a condition where the sufferer has persistent ringing in one or both ears.  There is no cure for tinnitus but there are a number of treatments available for it.  Besides what therapies your doctor can suggest, you can also try some complementary treatments for managing the condition.


Hypnosis is a therapy which helps the tinnitus sufferer become less aware of the noise.  Since the noise itself is distracting but not painful, it might be a matter of getting rid of the negative connotations connected to the constant noise.  Helping the brain learn how to ignore the noise is a useful way to help someone deal with the ringing in the ears.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba is an herbal supplement that is readily available in natural food stores and online.  Many studies have produced mixed results regarding the efficacy of ginkgo biloba for tinnitus but regardless sufferers have insisted it helps them.  Further ginkgo also helps with alertness and memory issues so someone taking it may find their tinnitus symptoms reduced and their mind clearer.


Acupuncture is used for many conditions as well as clearing tinnitus.  Studies indicate some improvement in tinnitus symptoms for nearly half undergoing acupuncture treatment.  Unfortunately the improvements didn’t last.  Other studies show no improvement with acupuncture.


Often times, people try complementary treatments thinking they will be safe but its important to understand that even these kinds of therapies can affect the body.  Although most complementary therapies are safe, you should tell your doctor before starting them.  For example, ginkgo biloba can cause a side effect of headache or upset stomach.  They may also interfere with other medications you are taking. 

Further, you must rule out any underlying conditions for tinnitus before starting a course of complementary therapy.  If your tinnitus has a treatable underlying condition, you need to treat that first.

Don’t get discouraged if complementary therapies do not clear your tinnitus.  It is a condition that is different for everyone so what works for someone else may not work for you or vice versa.  If there is no treatable underlying condition, your main goal is to make your tinnitus manageable so that you can function every day.