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3 common myths about tinnitus

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For many years, tinnitus has been a great mystery. It was brushed aside from those who hadn’t suffered from T as something that was just “in your head”. It most certainly isn’t. The problem with T being such a great mystery is that urban myths are developed over time…

1. Gingko Biloba is a ‘miracle worker’

Ginkgo Biloba is a tree extract that has been commonly credited as a herbal remedy for tinnitus sufferers. Ginkgo Biloba is said to have many benefits including treatment for; anxiety, depression, Alzheimer's and several other symptoms/diseases. Scientific studies show, however, using Gingko Biloba to cure or relieve tinnitus is most likely a placebo effect.  

2. “I can’t get tinnitus because I’m never exposed to loud music”

A common misconception is that listening to excessively loud music is the only cause of tinnitus. For many, tinnitus is a temporary ringing in the ears after a loud concert, for others, there is a permanent effect. Although loud music is the most common of smoking, stress and dietary issues have also been attributed to tinnitus.

3. Tinnitus gets progressively worse with age

Of course, there are cases where tinnitus symptoms can be intensified through time, but there are several other health and social factors that contribute to this. You don’t, for example, want to be spending vast amounts of time listening to loud music noises without hearing protection after experiencing tinnitus - especially when permanent. Tinnitus can come as a shock to sufferers at first, it’s all about finding the right techniques/maskers to make the symptoms increasingly bearable over time.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for tinnitus, but knowledge is power!

Read our step-by-step guide to coping with tinnitus here.