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Health

Can castor oil help tinnitus?

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Easy, economical, and natural -- home remedies provide relief for many conditions. Unfortunately, tinnitus isn’t one of them. This ringing-in-the-ears problem is best treated professionally, according to Audiologist Dr. Susan Rogan, Susan Rogan Hearing, who practices in Westmont and LaGrange Park.

“Tinnitus is a medical condition that may be the result of hearing loss. Before trying any over-the-counter or unconventional solutions, sufferers should be professionally evaluated and tested.”

The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) agrees, adding, “There are several well-established therapies for patients struggling with severe, chronic tinnitus. The primary objective for tinnitus treatment options is to lower the perceived burden of tinnitus, allowing the patient to live a more comfortable, unencumbered life.

“There is currently no scientifically proven cure for most cases of chronic tinnitus. There are however excellent tools to help patients manage their condition. Successful tinnitus management may require overlapping layers of treatment.”

The ATA recommends hearing aids, sound therapies, behavior therapies, and medications to address the stress, anxiety, and depression that tinnitus often provokes. “Sound masking can cover the sound of tinnitus, while more advanced therapies” can offer stronger relief.

Audiologists can help sufferers explore their options. Experimental procedures are being studied, including “deep brain stimulation” and implanting electrodes into the brain’s surface.

While applying castor oil compresses over the afflicted ears isn’t recommended, other natural comfort measures may offer some relief, including stress-relieving massages, yoga, meditation, and exercise. Using a “white noise” sound machine to generate soothing nature sounds may distract the brain from focusing on unwanted sounds during sleep. Journaling may be helpful to detect triggers that lead to tinnitus episodes.

Susan Rogan Hearing : 319 W. Ogden Avenue, Westmont, IL 60559 : 630.969.1677; and 419 N. La Grange Road, La Grange Park, IL 60526 : 708.588.0155 : www.susanroganhearing.com.