Zinc for Treating Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Treatments' started by jazz, Jan 28, 2015.

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Have you tried zinc to treat your tinnitus?

  1. Yes, and it helped.

  2. Yes, and it did not help.

  3. No, but I am considering it.

  4. No, and I am not interested in it.

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    1. lymebite
      Vegged out

      lymebite Member Benefactor

      Location:
      United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I think it is valuable to know whether or not a person has a zinc deficiency before trying zinc as a supplement. Zinc is unusual among vitamins and minerals in that it is possible to detect a deficiency with a simple taste test - no blood tests needed.

      This product serves as both a test of zinc deficiency and a supplement.

      http://a.co/0B6ub7z
       
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    2. teacher34

      teacher34 Member

      Location:
      Texas
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Prescription megadose ibuprofin combined with noise exposure
      Is Zicam still helpful for you?
       
    3. Single

      Single Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      many causes
      I have had Tinnitus Since 2001, few days ago I started taking some potassium supplements and now I feel better. I feel confident that my tinnitus will go away soon.
       
    4. teacher34

      teacher34 Member

      Location:
      Texas
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Prescription megadose ibuprofin combined with noise exposure
      What brand and strength are you taking?
       
    5. Single

      Single Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      many causes
      When I am taking 99mg GNC Gluconate 3 times a day. I think about 300mg/ day will be safe.
       
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    6. teacher34

      teacher34 Member

      Location:
      Texas
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Prescription megadose ibuprofin combined with noise exposure
      When you said you feel better, did you mean your T was quieter? How long have you been taking it?
       
    7. Single

      Single Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      many causes
      Yes. Sometimes it is up. But I feel better most of the times.
       
    8. Single

      Single Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      many causes
      Hi Teacher34, how is your Tinnitus? I hope it is getting for you.
       
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    9. Frédéric

      Frédéric Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Marseille, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/19/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      Since I cannot create threads in the "clinical trial" section, I posted this information in this thread.

      The reference of the clinical trial:
      https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02951715

      The results :
      https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2319417018300088

      Abstract
      Background
      Zinc plays a vital antioxidant role in human metabolism. Recent studies have demonstrated a correlation between noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and oxidative injury; however, no investigation has focused specifically on the subgroup of NIHL associated tinnitus patients. We aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of zinc supplementation in treating NIHL associated tinnitus.

      Methods
      Twenty patients with tinnitus and a typical NIHL audiogram (38 ears) were included in this study. Another 20 healthy subjects were used as the control group. A full medical history assessment was performed, and each subject underwent an otoscopic examination, basic audiologic evaluation, distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs), tinnitus-match testing, Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) and serum zinc level analyses. After 2 months of treatment with zinc, all tests were repeated.

      Results
      There was a significant difference between pretreatment and post-treatment within the tinnitus group (73.6 vs. 84.6 μg/dl). The pre- and post-treatment difference in serum zinc was significantly higher in the young group (≦50 years) compared to the old group (19.4 ± 11.4 vs. 2.6 ± 9.2 μg/dl, respectively; p = 0.002). There were no statistically significant differences in hearing thresholds, speech reception thresholds, or tinnitus frequency and loudness results before and after treatment. In addition, 17 patients (85%) showed statistically significant improvement of THI-total scores post-treatment, from 38.3 to 30 (p = 0.024).

      Conclusions
      Zinc oral supplementation elevated serum zinc levels, especially in younger patients. THI scores improved significantly following zinc treatment in patients with NIHL associated tinnitus. However, no improvements in objective hearing parameters were observed.

      Keywords
      Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL)
      Tinnitus
      Zinc
       
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    10. grate_biff
      Alone

      grate_biff Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Oslo, Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma, benzo/mirtazapine withdrawal, or combo!
      Smells placebo!
       

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