Supplements & Tinnitus — What Do You Take? What Should I Take?

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    1. Lane

      Lane Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Single 25 mg dose of (anticholinergic) drug Promethazine
      Hi @juliob -- I prefer to get most of my nutrients from food if possible. When it comes to Zinc, I average eating anywhere from a 1/2 cup to a cup of pumpkin seeds every week, which has some of the highest levels of Zinc of any food.

      Just something for you to consider if you want to make sure you're getting enough Zinc. BTW, Zinc and pumpkins seeds are very good for prostate health, and very supportive of immune system function (as in anti-COVID-19).
       
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    2. juliob
      Confused

      juliob Member

      Location:
      Brazil
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Antidepressants / Loud Sound Exposure
      Interesting! I don't think I ate any, or I don't remember. I will consider trying.
       
    3. InfiniteLoop
      Relaxed

      InfiniteLoop Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Redwood City, California
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/21/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      High frequency hearing loss in left ear from head trauma (?)
      Supplements for tinnitus are useless, perhaps placebo in best case scenario. Most people are here because of hearing loss acquired one way or another, and everybody knows that it can not be treated.

      @juliob, Zinc is only beneficial in the case that you are Zinc deficient, and you are not according to your own words.
       
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    4. El BUZZ
      Buzzed

      El BUZZ Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music consumption plus acoustic trauma.
      I practice boxing, a very demanding sport. I take supplements in order to help me with my performance and recovery.

      Here's the list of what I take on a daily basis:
      - Magnesium
      - Collagen
      - Ginkgo Biloba
      - MACA
      - Omega 3 & 6
      - NAC
      - Vitamin C with riboflavonoids
      - Vitamins A, D, E, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 & B12 and Zinc.
      - BCAA
      - L-Carnitine

      I also drink three cups (notice Japanese style cups are way smaller than those Western ones) of Japanese green tea every morning (high grade and quality tea, no tea bags).

      Although there was a period of time I thought green tea was helping, now I think it was more a natural phase of my tinnitus, which is always fluctuating from intrusive to very severe.

      Other than that I can say that in my case, supplements do nothing to my tinnitus.
       
    5. convolution

      convolution Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      Sweden - Italy
      Tinnitus Since:
      26/11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      White Noise from Headphones (likely)
      I have used Magnesium, Resveratrol, Astaxanthin, NAD, NAC, Huperzine for several months and they did nothing. I am currently trying to reproduce this trial with Curcumin and Boswellia.
       
    6. MindOverMatter

      MindOverMatter Member

      Location:
      Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004/05
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown (possibly stress related, and later sound induced)
      Unless you would have a deficency of certain vitamins and minerals, there is no doubt that many people (including myself at one point), spent too much on supplements that won't do much difference.

      Some of them might even harm you if you use them for long term - such as vitamin B6 in big doses that may lead to neuropathy.

      Anyhow, these days I only use a few supplements on a daily basis. All of them which I find helpful, and that might be of use for other people.

      Morning:
      • Basic B-complex, Thorne
      • 500 mg Bioflavonids, Nature's Life
      Night:
      • Potent Omega-3 supplement (always)
      • Night-time herbal supplement - various types (cycled)
      • Dr Mercola Melatonin Sleep Support from time to time/if needed (small dose, 0,5 mg Melatonin)
      Other than that, I always have 600 mg NAC available in my cabinet if needed.
      Only use it (a few hours before and after) if I know there will be a loud happening, such as dentist work, MRI or the likes.
       
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    7. Mnq16
      Surrender

      Mnq16 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown- Visual Snow related
      I feel like NAC definitely took the sting out of a terrible spike I was having but I can't be sure it wasn't just time doing its thing.
       
    8. Lane

      Lane Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Single 25 mg dose of (anticholinergic) drug Promethazine
      Hi @Mnq16 -- Sometimes spikes can be caused by something toxic in our system (such as sugar or caffeine). NAC is a great detoxifier, so it's possible your improvement was a result of some detoxification going on.
       
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    9. ZFire
      Conehead

      ZFire Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2011(mild) April2021 (severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxicity (2012) Unknown-likely noise induce (2021)
      I start the morning with overnight oatmeal thats prepared the night before. It contains
      4 tablespoons of crushed Dark Cocoa Nibs, bananas, blueberries, honey and oat milk. Healthy and tastes good

      Mid Day​
      • Nature’s Way Alive Multivitamin
      • 300 mg Tru Niagen (NAD+)
      • 1x 900 mg Omega 3 capsule (high concentration in EPA and DHA)
      • 200 mg COQ10
      Night​
      • Now Foods, Boswellia Extract, 500 mg
      • Now Foods, Magnesium Glycinate (200 mg)
      • 1x 900 mg Omega 3 capsule
      It’s most likely a placebo, but the week after started Boswellia, my hyperacusis saw positive improvements. I think time played a factor, but who knows. Maybe someone could benefit from taking it. It’s a great for your immune system though. I felt like I was going to catch a cold with a slightly itchy throat recently, but it went away the next 2 days.
       
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    10. MindOverMatter

      MindOverMatter Member

      Location:
      Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004/05
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown (possibly stress related, and later sound induced)
      Perfect breakfast!

      I eat loads of oatmeal myself.

      Healthy and tasty, agree to that (y)
       
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    11. Lane

      Lane Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Single 25 mg dose of (anticholinergic) drug Promethazine
      Hey Guys, not sure if you know this, but oatmeal is considered a "nervine" food, and can have a very relaxing effect on our whole neurological system. It would not surprise me if some people could get an element of relief from tinnitus associated anxiety by eating more of this great food. I eat plenty myself, and add a good amount of butter. Butter is very rich in butyrate, which is also very relaxing, and which I find very helpful for sleep.
       
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    12. MindOverMatter

      MindOverMatter Member

      Location:
      Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004/05
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown (possibly stress related, and later sound induced)
      Thanks for sharing @Lane.

      You seem to have a lot of knowledge regarding nutrients and supplements! I've read many of your posts.

      I find oatmeal with milk, a little bit of honey + cinnamon, and a banana, as a great/calming meal/snack a couple of hours before sleep.
       
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    13. NYCGuy
      Wishful

      NYCGuy Member Benefactor

      Location:
      NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Neck, Jaw or Stress, who knows.
      Did anybody ever try Horse Chestnut for pulsatile tinnitus? I saw somebody who had pulsatile tinnitus for 14 years and he started on Horse Chestnut for varicocele (varicose veins) and said after 2 weeks his tinnitus went away and didn't understand why but I think I know the logic behind.

      I suffer from pulsatile tinnitus plus tinnitus but pulsatile tinnitus most of the time is a problem with the veins in the brain and saw several studies that Horse Chestnut helps with veins issues and that may be the relationship. Maybe Horse Chestnut can in fact help with brain veins making the blood flow better and that way fixing the tinnitus.
       
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    14. Athens

      Athens Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/27/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      FWIW, Magnesium supplement gives me insomnia. I have kept a sleep log and I have slept very poorly when I have taken it.

      Someone else on this forum also referenced insomnia.

      I admit that I have only taken it twice. I might be taking too much or it possibly is not mixing well with my other medications.
       
    15. SB1981

      SB1981 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multifactorial
      Every Magnesium supplement I've tried makes my hyperacusis sensitivity way worse.
       
    16. Lane

      Lane Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Single 25 mg dose of (anticholinergic) drug Promethazine
      Hi @Athens -- Just to mention, there are many different kinds of Magnesium supplements. Just because one type of Magnesium "formula" causes certain reactions (like insomnia), doesn't mean they all will. In fact, a different kind or brand may have just the opposite effect, that of supporting deeper sleep.
       
    17. Athens

      Athens Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/27/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I read a lot of posts and selected Magnesium Glycinate 400 mg. The brand is Kal. I read that some people take it early in the morning to avoid it giving them too much energy/insomnia.
       
    18. aura

      aura Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      romania
      Tinnitus Since:
      05.2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      Are there any supplements that you found useful?
       
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    19. volsung37

      volsung37 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      I believe supplements are a waste of time. The body will take what it needs from food and excrete the rest.

      If you think you need Magnesium, eat foods that are rich in Magnesium. If you need vitamin C, eat fruits and vegetables.

      Supplements are mostly just a way to make profit from anxious and desperate people.
       
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    20. Danail

      Danail Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Caloric test
      Hi guys,

      Do you have any experience with this remedy and what is your opinion based on the ingredients? It is sold for tinnitus and it should be taken for two months.

      STENOPRAN ULTRA

      Ingredients in 1 capsule / daily intake /% NRV *

      Honeysuckle husks / 150 mg / **

      Aloe Vera / 1000mg / **

      Cerebrospinal fluid / 50 mg / **

      Cinquefoil root / 20 mg / **

      Inulin / 50 mg / **

      Cranberry / 2004 mg / **

      Glucomannan / 22.5 mg / **

      Rhubarb / 50 mg / **

      Dill Seeds / 50 mg / **

      Calcium / 36 mg / **

      Anise / 50 mg / **

      Sea buckthorn / 50 mg / **

      Vitamin C / 20 mg / **

      Lactobacillus Acidophilus / 750 mil. CFU / g // **
       
    21. SB1981

      SB1981 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multifactorial
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    22. GeorgeLG
      Wishful

      GeorgeLG Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Leaf blower after yrs of rock guitar, constr & comp shooting
      So far nothing affects my tinnitus but vitamin D helps my lower back pain, Potassium and Magnesium help my heart arrhythmia and digestive enzymes help the damage caused by a severe bowel infection.

      Supplements don’t help if you have no deficiency and balanced food sources are best but as we age sometimes we don’t absorb as well or may need to avoid certain foods. When I confirmed my vitamin D deficiency I exposed my skin in the Florida sun every day for 20 minutes for one month and my vitamin d status did not change at all but supplements brought it up and my back pain went away.

      In a research study, B12 reduced tinnitus volume by 50% but only in the subjects who were deficient beforehand. This is one of the vitamins that we absorb poorly as we age and supplementation or injections may be the only way to correct. My B12 tested around the very bottom of the range so I am working on this one as well.

      In another study prophylactic NAC prevented permanent hearing damage in soldiers exposed to munitions explosions.

      Besides being old, I have cancer and have been on chemo and radiation for five years so my body has some special challenges.

      I have seen supplements do amazing things but for many people they may be a waste of money.

      George
       
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    23. ZFire
      Conehead

      ZFire Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2011(mild) April2021 (severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxicity (2012) Unknown-likely noise induce (2021)
      I believe @SB1981 has said NAD and Astaxanthin were the key supplements that provided relief for his tinnitus and other symptoms.
      Source and more info here:
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/posts/631315/
       
    24. FlatDarkEarth

      FlatDarkEarth Member

      Location:
      Tennessee
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Metal Concert/Hydrops
      Hey Guys,

      I was hoping to get some feedback or constructive criticism on the supplements I plan to make my daily routine. Both in terms of possible tinnitus improvement, as well as any potential adverse effects to my general health.

      My tinnitus got worse in April of 2021, is awful right now and I just want some improvement. It came on initially ~5 years ago after acoustic trauma, and I have safeguarded my ears since so this ramp up really puzzles me and is very depressing. I made an initial thread about it last year.

      I did try the Pycnogenol and NAC before but feel like maybe I didn't give these supplements enough of a chance.

      After reading a lot of threads here today it seems there is some dissent about the benefits of vasodilators and/or vasoconstrictors. I've seen much knowledge suggesting blood flow to the delicate areas of the ear is necessary for healthy hearing, and improvement of blood flow seems like a no-brainer but there are people on here claiming that L-Arginine, Cialis or Viagra GAVE them tinnitus or made it worse.

      Aside from Synthroid, Turmeric (back injury) and Montelukast (for allergies) what I am looking at potentially taking daily is:
      1. Multivitamin
      2. L-Arginine & L-Ornithine
      3. Pycnogenol (plan to try for 4 weeks and drop if no improvement)
      4. NAC (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine)
      5. Men's Support Supplement (Magnesium, Zinc, Ashwagandha, Glycine, Inositol, Boron, L-Theanine, L-Leucine)
      Lastly, I have seen Tebonin EGB mentioned very favorably on here and wondered if anyone has a reason I shouldn't try that?

      Any thoughts on any of the above would be very much appreciated.
       
    25. FlatDarkEarth

      FlatDarkEarth Member

      Location:
      Tennessee
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Metal Concert/Hydrops
      I'd love to hear more about your Unisom experience. I have been taking that just to get SOME sleep at night, but I've suspected it may be a double edged sword for me.
       
    26. juliob
      Confused

      juliob Member

      Location:
      Brazil
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Antidepressants / Loud Sound Exposure
      Interesting list. How long have you been taking NAD+? Is it a safe supplement to use daily in the long term? I was told I should take it with TMG to avoid undermethylation.
       
    27. ZFire
      Conehead

      ZFire Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2011(mild) April2021 (severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxicity (2012) Unknown-likely noise induce (2021)
      Hey, I’ve taken NAD+ daily since July.

      I haven’t noticed any negative effects.

      I also take an anti-depressant (Nortriptyline) which I guess keeps up with neurotransmitter production. Not sure though.

      I’ve noticed improvement in my energy levels while on this.
       
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    28. Eleanor89
      Approved

      Eleanor89 Member

      Location:
      Barrow in Furness
      Tinnitus Since:
      1995
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hello @ZFire, so glad you're improving, I think we started with hyperacusis around about the same time.

      It's awful, isn’t it.

      How's the walking outside going? And your tinnitus?

      Stay positive.
       
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    29. ZFire
      Conehead

      ZFire Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2011(mild) April2021 (severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxicity (2012) Unknown-likely noise induce (2021)
      Hi @Eleanor89 . Hyperacusis started in the first week of June. Hyperacusis is tough and it really does limit what you can do when at its worst.

      Walking outside is better, phonophobia becomes less and less of an issue the more I do this. But I’m going to need ear protection most of the time. It’s way too busy and there is too much happening outside in NYC. I started to use the ACS Pro earplugs. I’m liking them a lot

      Tinnitus still fluctuates, but I think it may be stabilizing finally. I would rate my tinnitus volume in the morning a 5/10, but it increases to 6-8 by night time. I’m not that concerned with tinnitus at the moment. I’m more focused on hyperacusis fully stabilizing which thankfully has headed in the right path. Grateful for that.

      I’m hopeful for you too.
       
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