Ringing in the ears is also known as tinnitus. Tinnitus is caused by damage to the hair cells of the inner ear. When you have ringing in the ears, you may hear a buzzing, ringing, hissing or whistling noise in one or both ears. This can be a serious problem is it goes untreated because it can lead to hearing loss. Ringing in the ears is also caused by a cold, flu, ear infection, too much wax in the ear, head injuries, high blood pressure, too much fluid in the ear and certain drugs. The drugs that can cause ringing in the ear include aspirin, quinine, antibiotics, alcohol and cigarettes.
Remove ear wax once a month to prevent and treat ringing of the ears. Use a few drops of hydrogen peroxide, mineral oil or glycerin and put in the ears. Let the fluid drain out and repeat this for a couple of days. This softens the ear wax for easier removal. After doing this, take a bowl of water and a rubber bulb syringe to pull the ear wax out.
Let your ears rest for a little while. Don't listen to headphones or anything else that is close to your ears and is loud because this may cause the ringing to get worse and cause temporary hearing loss.
If the ringing in your ears is caused by pressure in the head, herbs can help get rid of the ringing. Black cohosh, feverfew and hawthorn in tincture form can help. Do not use feverfew if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and do not give it to children. Also, do not use feverfew if you are taking blood thinning drugs.
Aromatherapy can help with ringing in the ears by using fragrant oils for a massage of the neck, chest and head. These aromatherapy oils include rosemary, cypress, lemon and rose. These increase circulation and decrease ringing of the ears. You can also heat these oils and use in a vaporizer to be inhaled.
Some vitamins can help treat ringing in the ears. These vitamins include magnesium, potassium and manganese. Also, eat more foods that are rich in vitamins A and C and bioflavonoids because they help improve circulation.