Taking the word ‘cure’ in its literal sense (a complete removal of all symptoms in the majority of people given the treatment) then there is currently no cure for Tinnitus. As far as an outright cure is concerned, most medical and surgical interventions have been largely unsuccessful so far.
The only successful approaches have been those which reduce the perceived volume and/or annoyance factor. This is better than nothing of course, but a cure is the Holy Grail which all sufferers seek and future tinnitus research studies could help identify.
Is there no hope for a cure for Tinnitus?
There’s a lot of hope. Research continues worldwide on a possible cure and there are some interesting results coming out. We report these in our newsletter.
There already exist several therapies which significantly reduce the symptoms in a reasonable number of sufferers.
Furthermore, a cure for tinnitus could be found tomorrow by complete accident.
The point here is that we do not need to understand where or how tinnitus arises in the brain in order to discover a cure. A great many things work for reasons we do not understand (e.g. many common pain killers) and so it is possible that we could stumble upon something which alleviates the symptoms for reasons we do not fully understand.
For example it has been noted that an epilepsy drug (retigabine) prevents tinnitus developing in mice.
It is also worth stating here that not everyone who has tinnitus ‘suffers’ from it.
Is There A Cure For Tinnitus?
Yes. Currently there are several things which have proved efficacious however be aware that no single therapy has proved efficacious for all sufferers.
There are many natural treatment options, amongst the more successful are Retraining Therapy and Masking.
The best single, simple piece of advice currently available is to learn to adjust one’s mental perception in order to reduce the annoyance factor.