L-Theanine for Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Alternative Treatments and Research' started by John Bacon, May 7, 2012.

    1. John Bacon

      John Bacon Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2012
      I'm new here. Any comment on L-Theanine as a treatment for tinnitus?
       
    2. calin
      Inspired

      calin Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2011
      Hi John! Welcome.

      I have been taking L-theanine regularly for some time. Not a treatment for tinnitus - for me any way.
       
    3. erik
      Cool

      erik Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012 or earlier?
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      Been on L-theanine for a few weeks, can't really tell if it works. My tinnitus is up and down daily.
       
    4. hans799
      Mellow

      hans799 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Hungary
      Tinnitus Since:
      Born with it
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Worsened Dec 2016 by headphones
      I've been on L-Theanine (initially 3 x 200mg a day, now 2 x 200mg a day) for about 2 weeks now and I can confidently say that it has had a beneficial effect on my tinnitus. Not dramatic, but volume is noticeably lower and and it is also more stable. To use a metaphor: if my tinnitus were a child that sometimes behaves badly and sometimes behaves well, then the L-Theanine makes it always behave well.

      In addition there's a definite calming, anxiety-reducing effect. I've occasionally used Xanax in the past and L-Theanine's effect is comparable to the effect of a low dose (0.25-0.5 mg) of Xanax, except it is not at all sedative, only calming.

      Only drawback is that sometimes I have a bit of a trouble falling asleep. Maybe because anxiety tired me out and now that I have less anxiety I have more energy. Funny.
       
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    5. vttbx

      vttbx Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced
      I take it at night to help me sleep. But it's usually in the middle of the night when I wake up. I've had some success with Magnesium Threonate when I first go to bed and L-Theanine later.
       
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    6. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      beliefs are makyo and reality ignores them
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      If L-Theanine is pharmacologically active in the way it's suspected to be then you might expect it to very minorly chill you out, which might in turn very minorly make your tinnitus a little more chill, but cure? Nope.
       
    7. Henry Orlando FL
      Balanced

      Henry Orlando FL Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Orlando, FL
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud sound via earbuds from a digital device.
      I have used L-Theanine, particularly right after I started having tinnitus from a loud earbud incident. I also have used it for a while when I had a couple of big spikes over the years due to loud sound incidents. I used it mostly to get to sleep (200 mg and I weigh 160 pounds) 20 minutes before bedtime. Worked like a charm to get to sleep. If I woke up in the night and began to obsess about mostly work issues I would take 200mg more then. That also worked like a charm. When I was in those two spiking times which were so big that I had to work to re-habituate all over again I used 100 or 200 mg after work to reduce my anxiety until I had worked myself back into habituation.

      I first habituated using this program:

      Tinnitus Turning the Volume Down by Kevin Hogan PsyD = I got a lot out of his book and Kevin’s program personally in 2011 when I first got tinnitus so I may be a bit biased. Then I achieved habituation out of it, which means I only heard the sounds maybe 3 to 5x per day at most and I was not uncomfortable when I did hear them.

      Overview:
      https://kevinhogan.com/portfolio/tinnitus/

      Hypnosis info:
      https://kevinhogan.com/reduction-of-tinnitus-by-hypnosis/

      Purchase:
      http://store.kevinhogan.com/tinnitusreductionprogramwithbook.aspx

      With the second time when I had to re-habituate I used the "Back to Silence" method I learned on this website along with getting back into the above program using the self-hypnosis elements:

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/back-to-silence.7172/

      The essence of the Back to Silence method is the following:

      I got back to habituation in a couple of weeks instead of a year or so it took me in 2011 when all I had was the Kevin Hogan program I talk about above. I am certain this is the great cognitive intervention I have come across.

      Here is the “bottom line” on how to implement it from researching the Back To Silence String:

      The "Back to Silence" method calls for not measuring the sound(s), not to monitor the Tinnitus sound(s) or focus on it, don't describe the sound(s) or compare the sound(s).

      Another way to think about it is follow the four "don'ts" of the Back to Silence method:

      1 - Don't measure it
      2 - Don't monitor it
      3 - Don't describe it
      4 - Don't compare it

      Do the following:

      1- STOP talking about tinnitus, measuring it, comparing it, describing it, and thinking about it.
      2- When you hear the sound(s), tell yourself, "I hear it, I feel .........." (insert your true emotion)
      3- make a note of this incidence (just put a hash mark for instance and add them up daily) and each emotional response in a word or two on paper, review your paper weekly to see the change in your responses.

      If you are in a position (like say driving a car, in meditation, in bed getting to sleep or up in the night etc.) where you can’t note down your occurrence then do it verbally and add a hash mark and note later in writing if you can recall it.

      Once you have gotten to 5 to 10 times a day with noting the tinnitus occurrences you can stop writing them down if desired. Just do the “I hear it, I feel _______ (insert your true emotion) to yourself with no need to keep a count.

      I also would suggest you look into what I posted on the Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) thread.

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/posts/439910/
       
    8. Autumnly
      Wishful

      Autumnly Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise-induced
      I'm glad he helped you but that guy sounds like a terrible quack. From his homepage:
      • "People who suffer from this chronic and seemingly intractable problem can get predictable long-term, verifiable results, with the formulaic, multi-modal approach. Virtually everyone can return to living a thriving life. His unique approaches to hypnosis and hypnotherapy play a significant role in making the change."
      • "Regardless of the cause of your tinnitus, you can get relief from your tinnitus quickly!"
      • "This program is for anyone who would like to reduce the volume of their tinnitus through the use of self-hypnosis along with other proven strategies presented in the program."
      That's just the typical "101 how to lure in desperate people to make more money" way of phrasing things.
       
    9. Henry Orlando FL
      Balanced

      Henry Orlando FL Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Orlando, FL
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud sound via earbuds from a digital device.
      Yes, Autumnly you should be skeptical...can be a jungle out there. Indeed you are right all I can tell you is that was the first way I found to get to habituation and I would have paid way more than I paid for it to get to habituation at the time. As some say: Take what you need and leave the rest. The psychologist who I speak about with CBT says he gets most people he works with to habituation in 2 to 10 sessions with most people not needing his help at all if they work self-help based on his recommendations. Of course, the "Back to Silence" method is free and worked really well for me which I still use today.
       
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    10. Michael24

      Michael24 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      4/20/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Azithromycin
      What brand and where do you get your L-Theanine from?
       
    11. Henry Orlando FL
      Balanced

      Henry Orlando FL Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Orlando, FL
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud sound via earbuds from a digital device.
      Hi Michael,

      I get it from Amazon.com and this is the brand:

      Healthy Origins L-Theanine (AlphaWave) 100 mg, 180 Veggie Caps

      Hope it is helpful to you.
       
    12. hans799
      Mellow

      hans799 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Hungary
      Tinnitus Since:
      Born with it
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Worsened Dec 2016 by headphones
      There's a company in Hungary who buys ingredients like L-Theanine, NAC etc. in bulk and capsules it themselves. Their prices are 50-70% cheaper compared to "name-brand" suppliers. I use their stuff.

      (www.vitaltrend.hu)
       
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