Many ask can tinnitus be cured?

Ringing, hissing, buzzing, roaring - tinnitus can take many forms. The bothersome and uncomfortable noise in your ear varies from one tinnitus sufferer to another. So does the impact of tinnitus on people's lives. Some get used to the never-ending noise in the ear with relative ease, while others are driven to despair. Many ask can tinnitus be cured?

The feeling of helplessness makes those suffering from tinnitus look for any kind of relief and vulnerable to often highly questionable and unsubstantiated claims about new treatment methods or even cures. While specialist knowledge about tinnitus is increasing, many aspects remain unclear. And many types of cures are offered without scientific documentation. The list of purported effective tinnitus treatments, whether on TV, on the internet or in the press, is growing longer.

"There is no shortage of claims and promises," says Thomas Lübbert from the local tinnitus support group, "Freizeichen" in Freiburg, Germany.

Psychology plays a major part in tinnitus, and tinnitus sufferers may actually benefit from many of the tinnitus related offers, especially if they include relaxation and counseling.

"Such treatments are attempts at therapy. To the extent that some people may be helped, that is good, but there is no scientific basis for them," says the Tinnitus-Care-Centrum in Tübingen, Germany.

The treatment of tinnitus varies from country to country. In Germany, some doctors recommend that people with tinnitus receive medical treatment which may be combined with subsequent relaxation and therapy-sessions. The treatment may relieve the sense of irritation from the sound in the ear or make it easier to live with it.


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