Is GABA the Answer for Lowering Tinnitus? GABA Altering Agents Seem to Help Many Tinnitus Sufferers

Discussion in 'Support' started by sanj100, Oct 1, 2017.

    1. sanj100

      sanj100 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2 months
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hi.

      Hope you're well.

      The more I read the more I seem to come to the conclusion that GABA is the answer to reliably lowering tinnitus for a lot of people.

      Things that modulate/increase GABA in the brain seem to lower tinnitus for the vast majority of people;

      Examples

      Benzos like Xanax - Tonnes of glowing reviews of Xanax lowering people's tinnitus here (https://www.drugs.com/comments/alprazolam/for-tinnitus.html).

      Alcohol like wine and beer - Again, these substances have shown to reduce tinnitus volume in a vast majority of people.

      Magnesium/L-theanine - These substances have also shown to reduce tinnitus volume in a lot of people.

      SSRI antidepressants - Although antidepressants primarily work on Seratonin there is evidence in some journals that show that they have a secondary effect on GABA.

      Basically, it seems, to me, that there is quite a clear link between GABA and tinnitus, and although it doesn't work for everyone, for a lot of people, substances that alter/increase GABA have a positive beneficial effect on tinnitus volume or at least perception of volume, which is essentially the same thing.

      Now, the issue is that all of the above GABA acting supplements have side effects, some more serious than others.

      So, is naturally increasing GABA the key to lowering tinnitus for a vast majority of people?

      I'd look forward to hearing your thoughts on this...
       
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    2. Pleasure_Paulie

      Pleasure_Paulie Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise or maybe... unicorns!
      Hi.

      Thanks for your post. There is a few threads regarding GABA medications (klonopin and Xanax are the most popular and various anticonvulsants such as Gabbapentin etc) and supplements (eg. Pharmagabba) in the treatment section.

      GABA medications (not so much the natural supplements) do assist a certain degree of suffers yes which is why they have been studied.

      Tinnitus is a complicated beast and is believed to be generated by many areas of the brain with multiple causes thus why these are not a silver bullet. Thus, no increasing GABA is not a gurranteed way to improve tinnitus and increasing GABA through supplements and pharmaceuticals is not "natural". It may that likely will make you "feel" relaxed about having tinnitus.
       
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    3. Jkph75

      Jkph75 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2/27/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Alcohol and SSRIs can increase tinnitus as well.
       
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    4. DebInAustralia
      Fine

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      30/12/13
      Ive always steered away from taking anything mainstream that affects the gaba receptors, because of my fear that i will downregulate the gaba receptors; exacerbating my tinnitus further still.
       
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    5. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Valerian root is also said to be acting on GABA receptors...
       
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    6. Pleasure_Paulie

      Pleasure_Paulie Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise or maybe... unicorns!
      Maybe that's why it makes you so damn sleepy!
       
    7. Alan Burnett

      Alan Burnett Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1970
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Allergies
      Acupuncture helps.
      But, since I substituted distilled water for all of my water needs, the decrease in my tinnitus has been remarkable. As a trained researcher- I worked at HMS Research Division for a year- there is no doubt that distilled water is the answer, at least, one of them for Tinnitus sufferers.
      BTW, at 75, I am noticing a total rejuvenation of my physiology!
       
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    8. Jro266

      Jro266 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      What about distilled water do you think is causing your rejuvenation?
       
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    9. fishbone
      Shitfaced

      fishbone Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1988
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise and very bad sickness
      You couldn't pay me money, to even touch that stuff again.
       
    10. Joe Bananas
      No Mood

      Joe Bananas Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Why?
       
    11. fishbone
      Shitfaced

      fishbone Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1988
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise and very bad sickness
      I had a bad time on such pills and getting off them was extremely difficult as well. I will never touch such pills ever again...
       

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