Take That, Tinnitus!

Tinnitus is often overlooked as a major hearing problem for millions of people around the world, and previously, it has been thought that there is no cure.

However, now scientists have discovered that something as simple as taking magnesium supplements could potentially reduce tinnitus, a condition which affects almost 1 in 10 adults, which is a beginning of a sign of relief.

Magnesium is a mineral found in leafy green vegetables such as spinach, and previous studies have found that people with low levels of magnesium in the body have a higher-risk of noise induced hearing loss. Hearing loss is a major cause of tinnitus, as a person’s brain attempts to ‘fill the void’ with ringing or roaring sounds.

The new trial of 40 patients is set to begin in the US in February 2011, and offers new hope to those who suffer with the distress and discomfort of tinnitus every day.

It also provides a platform for further development and research into other hearing loss treatments.

Other steps that people with tinnitus can take to help their hearing is to regularly speak to their doctor, avoid exposure to loud noises (which has been found to aggravate tinnitus), avoid stress and speak to a health specialist about what kinds of foods may aggravate your tinnitus (caffeine and alcohol are often culprits for many people). Things like cochlear implants can also help, and if you have a child, hearing aids can help by improving hearing overall.

Remember that there are also many tinnitus support networks available, so check online to find the contact details of your closest tinnitus or hearing loss association. Counselling is often a key part of any medical treatment program, and the management of tinnitus is no different. The support of family and friends who are close to you is also important.

You don’t have to suffer from your tinnitus forever. Learn more about tinnitus and the best hearing loss treatment for you at www.cochlear.com/in.

Ed’s Meniere’s Disease Video 4: Diagnosis The underlying cause of Meniere’s Syndrome has not been discovered. True DIAGNOSIS is by exclusion (ruling out other causes). Diagnosis is made by 1) Constellation of symptoms (please see previous Video 3): Deafness, Tinnitus, Nausea, Vertigo, Fullness, Fatigue and Fugue. 2) Suggestive result from tests: Low Frequency Hearing Loss, Normal Brain MRI, and Normal Blood Tests. Recommended Blood tests: CBC, Lytes, BUN, Creatinine, Glucose, Lipid Panel, Liver Functions, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, TSH, ESR, RPR, HIV Tests Absolutely need to RO other causes: Audiogram and MRI of the brain Other Possible Tests (not necessary for diagnosis): Temporal Bone CT, ECoG, ENG, Rotary Chair, CDP, Allergy Testing. “Meniere’s Disease — What You Need to Know” by PJ. Haybach, RN., MS is the BEST WRITTEN and MOST DETAILED book about Meniere’s Disease out there. I ABSOLUTELY recommend reading it if you can. Unfortunately it is out of print. Try to find a copy in your local library. Amazon has used copies for $ $ $ : www.amazon.com Keep TWO copies of all tests and bring extra photocopies to all your doctor’s appointments. Do NOT give the originals to anyone. Keep CD ROM of MRI scan. Again, EXCELLENT free Hearing App = uHear and use quality Headphones. itunes.apple.com

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