Everyone who suffers from bothersome tinnitus wants something that will make their tinnitus go away. If you browse the internet or read newspapers and magazines, you can easily find people or organisations who will offer a method that claims to cure, or at least reduce, tinnitus. This could be in the form of medication, such as pills or injections; herbal supplements; devices and gadgets or different types of therapy and hypnosis. The list of "cures" is long, and getting longer.

Some of the information you read will be about effective, evidence based treatments. And some will be about treatments which haven't even been tested. There may even be suggestions you try treatments that are dangerous.

This page lists a number of treatments and gives our verdict on them. If you click on the treatment name, you can see the decision making tool we used to come to that verdict.

We provide verdicts on two aspects of each treatment:

  • Safety - whether the treatment will do you any harm 

  • Efficacy - whether the treatment works for tinnitus

Don't forget, if you want further information on managing tinnitus, explore this site or call our helpline on 0800 018 0527.

Key

Safety

Efficacy

Evidence of harm

Evidence that it has NO effect

Limited potential for harm

No evidence that it is effective

Regarded as safe

Evidence that it is effective

Tinnitus treatments

Treatment

Safety

Efficacy

Acupuncture
Amitriptyline
Anticonvulsants
Antidepressants
Betahistine
Cannabinoids (Cannabidiol, CBD oil, cannabinol)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Combination hearing aids In preparation In preparation
Craniosacral therapy
Ear candles (Hopi ear candles, ear cones, auricular candles)
Electroacupuncture
Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
Ginkgo biloba
Glutamate receptor antagonists In preparation In preparation
Hearing aids
Hyperbaric oxygen
Internet based CBT In preparation In preparation
Levo® therapy system
Laser therapy (Low Level Laser Therapy; Medium Level Laser Therapy; Tinnitool; EarLaser; Tinnitus Soft Laser)
Magnesium
Manganese In preparation In preparation
Mindfulness based cognitive therapy
Neuromodulation
Neuromonics
Osteopathy

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation

rTMS/TMS

Sound therapy
Tai chi In preparation In preparation
Tinnitool (Low Level Laser Therapy; Tinnitus Soft Laser; Ear Laser)
Tinnitus e-programme In preparation In preparation
Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT)

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)

Vitamin B12
Yoga In preparation In preparation
Zinc

Updated 5 September 2019