Tinnitus is a very old, troublesome affliction which affects 17 out of 100 people worldwide. The two types of tinnitus, namely subjective and objective tinnitus, have different styles of cures according to the nature and underlying cause of the illness.
In objective or pulsatile tinnitus, the sounds are audible by another person, namely a clinician, who can use sophisticated auscultation equipment to investigate further into the ear. Subjective or non-pulsatile tinnitus is most frequently found type amongst tinnitus sufferers and it is easier to find a cure for this. The name subjective tinnitus arises from the fact that only the sufferer can hear the sounds, they are not audible to a clinician, even with a stethoscope.
Subjective (non-pulsatile) tinnitus cure
The options for this form of tinnitus are manifold because the underlying causes can be less serious.
Any one tinnitus cure can help the sufferer greatly and significantly improve quality of life. It is just a question of the individual testing out which tinnitus cure works. There are a wide range of cures coming from a range of medical disciplines from psychological therapy, external sound treatment, diet and drug therapy to a special light based tinnitus cure and electrical stimulation.
Drug treatments include Sertraline, sodium fluoride (for tinnitus caused by otosclerosis), Lidocaine injected into the ear, Melatonin (patients with tinnitus-induced sleep disturbance can find this effective) and Ginko Biloba (used as supplement to diet). All these have been used as a tinnitus cure with varying degrees of success.
Objective (pulsatile) tinnitus cure
Surgical intervention is the most likely cure for the objective (pulsatile) form of this condition. This is mainly because it arises from some physical abnormality in the body such as blood vessel malformation, acoustic neuroma, carotid artery dissection or carotid artery aneurysm.
Deeper medical investigation is needed to ascertain the causes so the appropriate tinnitus cure can be given. Medics are assisted by advanced, modern imaging equipment such as CT scanning, Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and ultrasound.
Gamma knife radiosurgery is a typical objective tinnitus cure where the condition has arisen from a malformation or tumor. However, gamma knife radiosurgery is not as frightening as it sounds. There is small risk to health associated with it compared to conventional surgery. The strength of this surgery is in the beams of radiation. Separate but focused beams of high intensity gamma radiation meet at the site of the tumor. Each beam is relatively feeble in power so there is small risk of damage to any intervening healthy tissue. Only the tumor gets targeted with the intense radiation beams.
This of course, is an incidental form of objective tinnitus cure with the main focus on the tumor. It has proven highly effective for patients in shrinking the tumor and thereby curing the tinnitus too.
Other types of objective tinnitus cure include removing the wax from inside the ear canal and using Clonazepam and Propranolol.