I need relief for my tinnitus! Is there a cure?
According to the CDC, approximately 25 million people have experienced tinnitus in the last year. That’s over seven percent of our population!
That means that nearly ten percent of our population has experienced buzzing, humming, pulsing, or ringing sounds in one or both ears — sounds that are completely undetectable to anyone other than the person experiencing tinnitus — with many looking for relief from these conditions and not knowing who they can turn to.
The unvarnished truth is that there is no known cure for tinnitus. One reason for this is that tinnitus is typically a symptom of a larger health issue that a person is experiencing.
Noise-induced hearing loss, side effects from what are known as ototoxic medications (medications that are toxic to the ear or its nerves), or other health conditions like poor diet, high blood pressure, head trauma, allergies, a high buildup of earwax, and TMJ are reasons that a person might be experience tinnitus symptoms.
Some, like with earwax buildup, allergies, and certain medications, are possible to treat so that tinnitus is no longer an issue. Others, such as in noise-induced hearing loss, aren’t reversible, which is where the question of CBD comes into play. Can CBD be used to treat tinnitus? Let’s explore.
Is CBD an effective tinnitus treatment?
First things first: Let’s explain CBD for those who are unfamiliar.
CBD is short for “cannabidiol” and it is the non-intoxicating part of the cannabis plant, meaning that it is not considered a controlled substance, and that it is being used to treat a wide range of different health conditions, including studies that have focused on ailments like anxiety, neurological disorders, chronic pain, and more.
It’s important to note that, to-date, there are no FDA-regulated CBD products on the market, so the quality of their ingredients and the trustworthiness of their health-related claims deserve a high level of scrutiny.
The lack of long-term studies in addition to the lack of regulation means that CBD has been touted as a cure-all wonder drug providing consumers relief to most everything, including tinnitus.
So, is CBD effective in treating tinnitus? With so much hype around it, and with so many people looking for relief from their tinnitus, we get why people are wondering.
Here’s the reality: There’s simply not any scientific evidence that we can cite that proves CDB is a viable treatment for tinnitus. Certain symptoms, like anxiety or restlessness or stress, perhaps, but we’d recommend speaking with your primary care provider before you begin any new treatment plan that includes medicine or supplements.
So, what can be done to effectively treat tinnitus?
The best way to treat the effects of tinnitus is to wear properly fit hearing aids.
Beltone Tristate offers a range of hearing technology that is designed to not only support your hearing health needs, but also includes features that will help you more comfortably deal with tinnitus.
These feature technology, called maskers, which can be programmed to play sounds at specific frequencies that will essentially cancel out the buzzing, hissing, or pulsing sounds of your tinnitus so that you no longer have to give your energy to it. Finally, you can focus on the people and the things that you love without tinnitus getting in the way.
Another way in which you can use Beltone hearing aid technology to combat your tinnitus is through special smartphone applications, like the Beltone Calmer app, which is designed to help provide you tinnitus counseling techniques that will teach you deep breathing, meditation, and other techniques that are proven to help alleviate the stress and anxiety tinnitus causes.
You’ll even be able to track your progress, giving you a clear picture of your experience that you can share with your provider, too, allowing you to collaborate even more effectively on taking control of your tinnitus and overall hearing health.
Are you ready to learn more about how you can take advantage of proven technology and techniques designed to help you manage your tinnitus and hearing health needs?