High blood pressure and hyperthyroidism can cause tinnitus; if you have or suspect either, you need to get them under control. Discuss hyperthyroidism with your doctor. In addition, Meniere's syndrome can cause it.
A common cause of tinnitus and the most simple to remedy is an accumulation of earwax. Once the wax is removed, the sound will disappear.
Some people who suffer from tinnitus are reacting to salicylates, anti-inflammatory agents including aspirin, analgesics (pain relievers), and antipyretics (fever-lowering agents). Many over-the-counter as well as prescription medications contain salicylates. If you take any drug that contains salicylates regularly--aspirin being the most common--you should investigate whether this is causing your tinnitus. If possible (after discussion with your doctor), eliminate the drug for a period of time to see if it has any effect.
Salicylates also occur naturally in foods such as almonds, apples, apricots, blackberries, boysenberries, cherries, cucumbers and pickles, currants, dewberries, gooseberries, grapes or raisins, nectarines, oranges, peaches, plums or prunes, raspberries, strawberries, and tomatoes.
Other drugs that can cause tinnitus include atropine sulfate, caffeine, chloroquine, Flexeril, ergotamine derivatives, nicotine, Talwin, quinidine, and quinine.
You'll notice that I mentioned both caffeine and nicotine in the list of drugs that can cause tinnitus. Smoking or drinking too much coffee can cause tinnitus.
Stop smoking. Eliminate caffeine--from coffee, sodas, medications, and chocolate--for at least a week to see if your symptoms are affected.
Diet can play a role in tinnitus. Both a high-fat and high-cholesterol diet can reduce the flow of oxygen to the inner ear. Studies have shown that many patients with unexplained tinnitus who adopted a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet found a reduction in their symptoms.
Low blood sugar has also been implicated in tinnitus. If you think this might be true for you, on how to stabilize your blood sugar through diet and chromium supplementation.
Vitamin A is closely associated with the health of' the inner ear. Many studies have shown that people with low levels of vitamin A suffer from auditory problems. If you suffer from tinnitus you should be sure you're getting enough.
Zinc could play a role in the development of tinnitus. There's some evidence that patients who have tinnitus may require extra supplementation.
Calcium is another supplement that can help relieve tinnitus.
Gingko biloba has also been helpful.
Vitamin A: 10,000 IU daily.
Zinc: 50 mg daily.
Calcium: 1,200 mg daily at bedtime.
Ginkgo biloba: 40 mg, 3/day.