What is the role of alternative therapies in the treatment of tinnitus?

Updated: Feb 27, 2020
  • Author: Aaron G Benson, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Alternative therapies have become a mainstay of many practitioners around the country. Individuals seek relief from problems that modern medicine may not provide. Tinnitus fits this description well. However, patients are often offered various therapeutic options without good controls or explanations as to why they may be effective. Moreover, because of the variability in the bioavailability of some of these drugs, the effects of the drugs may vary. Thus, a patient experiencing success may find that success lacking with the next lot of therapy that is purchased. The major difficulty in these therapies is obtaining therapeutic doses that are consistent from lot to lot and from manufacturer to manufacturer. Many suggest using these compounds to effect, that is, until the desired effect is achieved. Such use may be quite dangerous.


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