Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Can Tinnitus Be Cured?

Tuesday, 20 July 2010 02:30 PM

Question: I am 62 and have been a tinnitus sufferer for several years. I have a high-pitched jet scream in my right ear and a low humming in my right ear. Can this be cured? Can you recommend any treatment?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Tinnitus is a medical term for "noises" in the ear. Various conditions cause tinnitus, and various frequencies have been associated with various conditions. Tinnitus is corrected by management and treatment of the underlying condition. Unfortunately, not all conditions are correctable. For instance, noise damage to our ears is uncorrectable. Sometimes distracting noises or white noise is used to disguise tinnitus. There are no simple, safe medications that can effectively suppress tinnitus of undetermined cause. I know of no herb preparations that have been shown to be safe and effective, either.

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