Too much aspirin can cause ringing in the ears, according to Wikipedia. If you are having problems with tinnitus, cut back on the aspirin.

The official medical term for ringing in the ears is tinnitus.

Of course, tinnitus can also be a sign of hearing damage caused by a virus, infection, or overexposure to extremely loud music, machinery, etc. “Tinnitus can be associated with anemia, thyroid problems, allergy, diabetes and high or low blood pressure.” (http://www.health.uab.edu/17887/ ) Other medications besides aspirin can cause tinnitus, including antibiotics, sedatives, anti-inflammatories, antidepressants. Stimulants like nicotine, alcohol and caffeine can aggravate tinnitus. Stress and tiredness seem to make tinnitus worse.

If you are experiencing tinnitus, whether it’s ear ringing, buzzing, clicking, roaring, chirping, or humming, you can be tested by an ear, nose and throat doctor, an otolaryngologist. S/he will test your hearing, but often cannot find a cause for the tinnitus.

Many of the medical conditions listed above are affected by body weight, or more accurately, healthy body weight. If you are overweight, it is very helpful to safely lose at least some of that extra weight. As many of the contestants on The Biggest Loser find, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and joint problems disappear or lessen significantly with reaching healthy body fat levels. Since arthritis, for one, is something many people treat with aspirin and other anti-inflammatories, take a good look at the medications you are taking and see if they are affecting other aspects of your health.

If you can manage it, walking, swimming, dancing, yoga, and many other sports help to both reduce weight and stress, and increase deep sleep, all of which help to reduce conditions which cause tinnitus.

Check out this pdf tinnitus pamphlet from Harvard. The author of it has a different opinion from the author of the UAB article listed above; he states that caffeine does not affect tinnitus. Eliminating caffeine is worth a try if tinnitus is driving you crazy, however.

Try these herbs to combat tinnitus:

These other alternative medicine options are also reported to help:

Metaphysical treatment of tinnitus: Many cultures throughout history have considered tinnitus to be a curse or possession, and they have spells or incantations to remove them. The dumbed-down version is “stop it and go away.” See http://www.bcm.edu/oto/grand/07_22_04.htm for the details.

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