I have patients come in to the office every day asking about "XYZ" "Quiet Me" or "Tinnitus -be-gone" type pills. Surely there must be some great benefit to the pills for them to be on TV. Surely they've undergone rigorous testing to ensure their benefit, right?
Wrong! It really upsets me that people are making millions of dollars on useless "treatments" for tinnitus, whether in pill form or another. I've been asked why I don't formulate a pill and retire on the beach. The answer is simple. First, everything in those pills is available at your natural store in a better state and for less money, and second, my mother didn't raise me that way.
Unfortunately most of the pills are just a way to make money off of people who are really struggling and desperate enough to try anything. The science behind most of the pills is sketchy at best, and even made up in some cases. So if you want to try something for your tinnitus I have some suggestions.
1. Get a thorough evaluation from your audiologist. There are many causes of tinnitus and until you've determined the cause of yours, you won't be able to treat it appropriately or effectively. Popping a pill for tinnitus is not recommended unless you are fully educated about both your tinnitus, the pill, it's expected benefits and potential side effects.
2. To keep your ears healthy you need to keep your body healthy. There's no way around that. To do that eat right, exercise and use a good, natural, multivitamin. You can usually tell if they're natural because they're generally big and ugly. I have some that I use personally that I feel confident about, and hopefully your doctor will have some to recommend to you also.
3. A few of the fancy "Tinnitus" type pills are pretty good, but it's almost impossible for you to know which ones. The best way for you to know is to ask your audiologist or physician which ones they recommend. Some nutrients that have been shown specifically to keep the hearing system healthy.
4. Warn others and listen to others. Do your best to let others know what has worked and what hasn't worked, who has helped you with your tinnitus and where to go for help. This website is one of the best at disseminating accurate information. Remember, there are things you can do to help you with your tinnitus. The struggle is in finding the right audiologist or physician. Keep on looking. We're out there!
My best, as always,
Dr. Barbara Jenkins