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July 07, 2013

Can Melatonin Stop Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus)?

In a rigorous study, researchers have found that taking melatonin 3mg nightly for 1 month did significantly help with patients suffering from chronic tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

Of course, the caveats are that melatonin significantly helped in patients with these specific characteristics:

• Male
• No history of depression
• Tinnitus has been present for a long time
• History of loud noise exposure
• Tinnitus is severe and on both sides

Given melatonin is a relatively benign supplement that can be purchased over-the-counter, it can't hurt to give it a try!

BTW... what did I mean by rigorous study above? It means that it was a prospective, randomized, double-blind, crossover clinical trial. That's pretty much as good a study as one can reasonably achieve!


Reference:
Melatonin: can it stop the ringing? Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2011 Jul;120(7):433-40.

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

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