Tinnitus is the medical term for a persistent noise heard in the head or in either, or both, ears. Very often tinnitus will disappear if there is background noise but in severe cases it will override even that.

Tinnitus is caused by stimulation of the nerves and structures leading to the auditory centres in the brain and can, therefore, be triggered by inflammation or damage from the eardrum through the ear ossicles (bones) found in the middle ear, through the delicate nerve endings in the inner ear and damage along the nerve pathways into the brain. Continuous and loud noises such as an explosion, infections, head injuries and arthritic conditions of the ear ossicles can all be potential causes. Irritation of the eardrum by ear wax can be an innocent and easily treatable problem. Certain mineral deficiencies may also trigger the problem.


Take magnesium and potassium replacements at twice the recommended dose given or eat six bananas per day (two with each meal).

Vitamin B complex (50mg) or vitamin B6 (50mg) may help to remove fluid in the middle ear.

Ginkgo biloba, around 50-60mg a day for an adult, taken in divided doses with breakfast and with supper may be beneficial.

The homeopathic remedies Salicylic acidum, Cannabis indicus and Kali iodatum should be reviewed to see if the symptoms are suitable.

Reduce saturated fats and cholesterol in your diet and avoid aspirin.

If the above do not help over a few days then a visit to your GP to rule out an obvious and visible cause should be undertaken.

Chiropractic, craniosacral and cranial osteopathic treatment can all be instantly effective although a few sessions may be necessary.