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Symptoms of Tinnitus

Tinnitus (pathological ringing of the ears) is known to be affected by various supplements, which may reduce the degree tinnitus disturbs sleep or impairs quality of life.

Research analysis led by Kamal Patel.
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Human Effect Matrix

The Human Effect Matrix looks at human studies (it excludes animal and in vitro studies) to tell you what supplements affect symptoms of tinnitus
Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
? The amount of high quality evidence. The more evidence, the more we can trust the results.
Outcome Magnitude of effect
? The direction and size of the supplement's impact on each outcome. Some supplements can have an increasing effect, others have a decreasing effect, and others have no effect.
Consistency of research results
? Scientific research does not always agree. HIGH or VERY HIGH means that most of the scientific research agrees.
Notes
grade-b Melatonin Minor Very High See all 4 studies
Melatonin may reduce symptoms associated with tinnitus in persons who suffer from the state, as assessed by questionnaire
grade-b Ginkgo biloba - Very High See all 4 studies
There does not appear to be a significant and reliable therapeutic effect of ginkgo on tinnitus symptoms, although limited evidence suggests that if tinnitus is a side-effect of cognitive decline that it may be attenuated.
grade-c Zinc Minor - See study
Zinc supplementation at higher levels (50mg) appears to be able to reduce subjective symptoms of tinnitus in most persons supplemented with zinc.
grade-d Magnesium  

All comparative evidence is now gathered in our ​A-to-Z Supplement Reference.

The evidence for each separate supplement is still freely available ​here.