There is widespread belief and some evidence to indicate that zinc can successfully treat tinnitus. Zinc deficiency is more likely to occur in the elderly . The primary objective of this study is to establish the effectiveness of zinc for the treatment of tinnitus in individuals 60 years of age and older. Subjects will be randomly assigned to either receive zinc daily or a placebo. After 4 months and a 1-month wash-out, the subjects will be crossed over to the other group.
Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: January 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2009
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)