▷ Top 12 Home Remedies for Tinnitus

Top 12 Home Remedies for Tinnitus

By Sabrina Wilson / August 10, 2016
Woman in pain

Tinnitus, more commonly known as the hearing of sound such as a ringing or buzzing with no external stimulus (Mayo Clinic), is a rather bothersome condition to have because it can be very distracting and drive you absolutely bonkers.

While irritating, this affliction can be managed if you understand why you are suffering and act accordingly. I too have been driven mad by phantom ringing, so I am only too happy to help my companions in suffering by sharing the plethora of techniques I have discovered.

1. Make Lifestyle Changes

There are many simple changes you can do in your everyday life to lessen the effects of tinnitus.

Try a few of the following and see what helps you:

  • Avoid auditory irritants: One of the causes of tinnitus is exposure to loud noises (Mayo Clinic), so combat that by avoiding loud stimuli. Stay away from rock concerts, construction zones, and other noise-heavy places.  If you choose to be around these, use earplugs.
  • Cover the phantom noises: Stuck in a quiet space with nothing to distract you from the incessant buzzing? Turn on a little bit of white noise to help mask it. There are some wonderful phone apps with a variety of white noise to choose from.
  • Lower your blood pressure: Because tinnitus can also be caused by high blood pressure and other blood vessel-related conditions, avoid things such as tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, and high salt (Natural News). Furthermore, you should find ways to lower your stress level as it can also lead to high blood pressure. Try doing some yoga (or just plain old exercise), getting more sleep, or visiting a spa.
  • Add pineapple to your diet: Pineapple can help lessen inflammation throughout your body due to the enzyme bromelain. It is also rich in Vitamin A (among others), which can also help ease tinnitus (Top 10 Home Remedies).  Chow down on this tropical fruit throughout the day for some relief. The good news is most grocery stores and many convenience stores sell them in bite-size pieces.

2. Gingko Biloba


Gingko Biloba is an herbal medicine that is usually used to help improve memory and sharpen thinking because it enhances blood flow to the head and the brain. If your tinnitus is due to circulatory issues, its effects can also help your symptoms, albeit it may take a little longer. Make sure your product contains 24% gingkolisides or gingko heterosides, and take 240mg daily in divided doses (like twice a day). Once you feel relief, you can go down to 60mg per day (Dr. Emily Kane).

3. Zinc


When your tinnitus is due to age-related hearing loss, studies show that a good remedy would be to take 90-150 mg zinc daily for 3-6 months, especially if your zinc levels are low. You will know if you need zinc if you take lozenges and don’t taste them. (Dr. Emily Kane)

4. Vitamin A


Studies have shown that a lack of Vitamin A in the body is one of the leading causes of hearing related problems like tinnitus because it is vital for the cochlea (inner ear) to function correctly. If it is not working properly, it can affect the reception and transmission of auditory cues, which can lead to phantom sounds. You can opt to take Vitamin A in pill form or enrich your diet with Vitamin A laden foods such as the ones above (Top 10 Home Remedies).

5.Apple Cider Vinegar 


If your symptoms are caused by inflammation remedy it with a solution of apple cider vinegar, which is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. Simply mix two teaspoons of vinegar with some honey in water and drink up twice (or thrice) a day until the only ringing you hear is your telephone. (Top 10 Home Remedies)

6. Holy Basil


Being an antibacterial, holy basil can be made into a paste to help combat bacteria that can cause tinnitus or general ear pain. Make the paste by blending the leaves, straining the paste to extract the juice, warming it a bit, and putting two or three drops of it in the affected area using a dropper. Repeat this twice daily for four days (Top 10 Home Remedies). You can also just buy the oil and save yourself the work.

7. Onions


Another antibacterial, onions can be an alternative to holy basil (if you can stand the smell). Strain the onion juice out by chopping and microwaving an onion and allowing it to cool. Then, once you have your juice, put three drops in your ear, leaving it in for five minutes, then turn your head to let it drain out. Do it for a couple of weeks to see the effects (Top 10 Home Remedies).

8. Garlic 


Garlic is the god of all remedies because it can help inflammation, blood circulation, and bacteria (oh my). It can also help treat tinnitus that is due to high altitude or frigid temperatures. You can opt to take capsules or coax the oil out by frying in sesame oil. Hey, once you have the oil you can cook with it, so two birds, right? Put the oil in daily before bedtime for about a week.

9. Saline Solution

If a stuffy or a runny nose causes your tinnitus, try using saline as an alternative to heavy medications. You can opt to make your own version with salt, glycerin, and warm water, or just buy one at the drug store. (Top 10 Home Remedies).

10. Ginger


Ginger has been known for its healing properties and is great for tinnitus. It has the same properties as aspirin, so it can help with pain and can also improve circulation if that is your issue. Chew it raw or add it in tea. Chewing is preferable because it can relieve pressure in the ear. (Top 10 Home Remedies).

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11. Mustard Oil


Another popular remedy is to apply mustard oil to the site. Because it is a rubefacient it can help increase circulation, which can be a cause for Tinnitus, and it is an antifungal and antibacterial, which again can lead to symptoms as well (Top 10 Home Remedies). Most importantly, it can help remove the buildup of earwax, which is also shown to be a major cause of tinnitus (Mayo Clinic).

12. Finger drumming

Dr. Jan Strydom describes a method that may reduce the ringing in your ears. Simply place your hands over your ears with fingers resting on the back of your head and middle fingers pointing towards each other above your skull’s base. Then, put your index fingers over the middle ones and “snap” them on the skull to make a loud noise. Repeat this procedure about 40-50 times and several times throughout the days. Some swear that they have immediate relief. Watch the video above for a demonstration (Natural News).

Did any of these remedies help you manage your ringing? I have found many of these to be helpful especially the ginger (and I also just love ginger). Comment your thoughts and share this article if you are particularly fond of it. Let me know what helped you!

About the author

Sabrina Wilson

Sabrina Wilson is an author and homemaker who is passionate about a holistic approach to health. When she is not writing she can be found tooling around in her garden with the help of her appropriately named dog Digby, bicycling in the park, and occasionally rock climbing…badly. Sabrina is a staff writer for the Organic Daily Post.

Claire - October 25, 2017

Dear Sabrina, Thank you for all the remedies . I am going to try at least five of them. I had a stroke last Dec. and thats when I started to have all this buzzing or hissing sound. All day and night. I take Flavonoid and it does help. Again Sabrina, thank you very much . Claire Boston Ma. So. sorry but my e-mail is all messed up. You wont be able to send me a reply I mean to say that you can send me mail, I jut wont see it. I really hope I will see it .

Allen Moore - October 30, 2017

This article was extremely helpful!! I have since found success using zinc and saline solution. Those were suggestions I had not seen or tried yet and they’ve definitely done something positive. I too use Lipo Flavonoid and have great luck with it. The one thing I will say about that product is that you HAVE to give it a full 2 months of using it before you can judge its effects. I gave it a shot because of their 60 day money back guarantee, had nothing to lose at that point. Was kinda my last hope as I had not tried many home remedies either prior to starting that

Yanal Sago - December 27, 2017

What the best drugs for Tinnitus in USA name of the drugs.

Rwakare justus - December 28, 2017

This is very good article I shall try them

Barb McLeod - January 19, 2018

My ringing is only in my left ear and because it was so loud I quickly tried the thumping, hands over ears thing. It reduced the loudness quite a bit . Although it is still ringing it is much quieter and not driving me crazy.

JULIE - February 13, 2018

OH MY GOD!!! Thank you so much. I just want to cry. I did the finger drumming in the back of my neck and it worked! I felt relief immediately. I want to say it cured my tinnitus, but I will give it a couple of days. The buzzing sound is almost faint.
Sabrina and Organic Support Staff, thank you for sharing your research and thank you for including the demo video, the visual really did as much or more than the directions. Even if it’s temporary, I will enjoy the relief I’ve gotten.
Thank you again! Julie

Tamara McGuire - April 18, 2018

OMG! I am so glad to find this site. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge and great recommendations.
I have had ringing in my ears for years. Just recently it has become more pronounced and very annoying especially at night while sleeping.
I just tried the finger drumming and already found relief.
I look forward to trying some of the other remedies.

j meyer - September 12, 2018

The finger drumming is amazing!
Immediate relief….

Lisa - July 27, 2019

Immediate relief from the finger drumming! I will also try the other suggestions. Thank you!

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