For people with chronic tinnitus, drug treatments
may offer some success. Lidocaine (Xylocaine, xylocaine viscous,
zilactin-L), has been shown to relieve tinnitus for some people, but it must be given intravenously and its effect does not last long.
If you experience unusual anxiety, excitement, nervousness, irregular or
slow heartbeat when taking this medication, discontinue its use
immediately and seek emergency treatment. It could be life-threatening.
Other side reactions are redness, irritation, rash, itchy skin and
hives. IN this case also you are advised to discontinue the use of the
medication and to contact your doctor right away.
If your tinnitus is accompanied by some hearing loss, a hearing aid may be helpful. Many people have also benefited from tinnitus maskers, devices resembling hearing aids that play a sound more pleasant than the internal noise produced by the tinnitus.
A newer device is a tinnitus instrument, which is a combination of hearing aid and masker. Auditory habituation is a therapeutic technique, that uses a device that generates a certain type of white noise that is quieter than the tinnitus sound; the brain learns to ignore the tinnitus noise. You must be tested and fitted for any of these devices so that their sounds will cover the particular frequency of noise you hear.
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