If CBD Can Relieve Tinnitus, Mike Tyson Wants To Know About It
Some 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, the perception of noise or ringing in their ears. Aging is the primary cause for this condition, but it can also stem from head and neck injuries, acoustic shock or viral and vascular diseases, among many other factors. For most people, tinnitus is naturally habituated, but for some it can be profoundly debilitating.
Until now, researchers haven’t addressed the potential of cannabinoid-based medicines to treat tinnitus or hyperacusis (extreme sound sensitivity). But Laguna Hills audiologist Dr. Dennis Colucci, believes that CBD may play an important role in helping sufferers find relief, perhaps not necessarily from the conditions themselves, but from the stress and anxiety accompanying them.
A cycle of anxiety
As Dr. Colucci explains, the primary component bothering those suffering from tinnitus – and what is often most debilitating – is the cycle of worries over not being able to adjust to the condition. The main issue with tinnitus, then, becomes not the sound itself, but the anxiety and the inability to accept and ignore it that makes it chronic.
Dr. Colucci: “Patients with severe or debilitating tinnitus are often so anxious it can actually turn into a psychopathology. ‘How do I get rid of it? How do I stop it? Will it get worse? What do I do?’ These worries are often accompanied by insomnia and an inability to concentrate, which can result in severe depression.”
The Tyson Ranch connection
In addition to his forensic audiology practice, Dr. Colucci is also an executive with Tyson Ranch, Mike Tyson’s burgeoning cannabis empire. Along with the cannabis resort and eponymous product lines, the former world heavyweight champion’s business is purportedly supporting medical research into the utility of cannabinoids for treating chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) among other sports-related injuries. That CTE research, Dr. Colucci feels, is likely to yield information usable to treat brain injuries, but also tinnitus.
CBD may not cure tinnitus, but it can relieve the accompanying anxiety and stress, according to Dr. Dennis Colucci, an audiologist and executive at Tyson Ranch.
Cannabis and Tinnitus
Tinnitus – the perception of a sound when no external noise is present – is an extremely common and often debilitating problem. In fact, around 50 million Americans experience some form of tinnitus and 2 million suffer from such severe symptoms, they struggle to function on a day-to-day basis. While there are several measures you can take to improve tinnitus symptoms, there is currently no cure for the condition. Seeking relief, some tinnitus patients are dabbling with cannabidiol, also known as CBD. CBD has made a major splash in the wellness industry as a treatment for a variety of conditions, including headaches and anxiety. But is there a link between cannabis and tinnitus relief?
Cannabis and Tinnitus
The Difference Between Marijuana and CBD
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound that can be extracted from cannabis, or hemp plants. While hemp plants are very similar to marijuana plants, they contain significantly lower levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active chemical that creates the psychoactive “high” for marijuana users. CBD users don’t experience a high, but they may experience the plant’s calming effects, in addition to several other wellness benefits. CBD is available in a variety of products, everything from oils and lotions to chocolate truffles, gummy candies, and lip balms.
Can Cannabis Really Ease the Effects of Tinnitus?
Short answer: maybe and no. CBD works thanks to the role of two receptors in the brain, known as CB1 and CB2. Research has shown that CB1 and CB2 may play a role in balance and hearing disorders like tinnitus; however, the research is fairly limited, and the results are mixed. In one 2015 study, researchers used CBD to treat lab rats, and it actually worsened the rats’ tinnitus symptoms. However, CBD has been used to treat some other neurological disorders, like epilepsy.
Overall, studies testing the connection between cannabis and tinnitus have been deemed inconclusive. Cannabis has not been proven as an effective treatment of tinnitus.
Keep in mind that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t currently regulate CBD products, so the quality of CBD-containing supplements is uncertain. If you’re interested in using CBD products for your tinnitus symptoms, it’s important to work with a healthcare professional to evaluate your options. Your doctor can tell you if CBD will interact with any medications you’re currently taking, such as blood thinners. If you begin taking CBD, keep a close eye out for side effects like diarrhea, drowsiness, fatigue, and dry mouth.
Effective Tinnitus Relief Options
If you’re struggling with tinnitus and not sure where to turn, contact Sound Relief Hearing Center for help. We specialize in tinnitus relief methods and can recommend an individualized treatment plan to get you the relief you deserve. Our team uses only evidence-based treatments to ensure that our patients experience effective, life-changing results. Our treatment methods include Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) using sound therapy as well as hearing aids, counseling, and relaxation techniques.
Although CBD has been used by many people to help relieve their condition, it is still too early to determine if CBD benefits individuals living with tinnitus. For now, your best bet is to work with a tinnitus specialist who can address your individual symptoms with a unique treatment plan.
When you’re ready to get your tinnitus under control, reach out to Sound Relief Hearing Center in Colorado or Arizona. We are a family-owned and operated audiology practice, so we always have the patient’s best interest at heart. Plus, our state-of-the-art technology ensures that our patients receive the best treatment available. With our unparalleled excellence in the hearing health industry, our dedication to patient care, and our commitment to helping people control and conquer their hearing issues, you can count on Sound Relief Hearing Center. To learn more about us, please browse our website, visit our YouTube channel, or give us a call at 720-259-9962. You can also schedule an appointment online to meet with one of our audiologists. We look forward to hearing from you!
Some tinnitus patients are intrigued by the link between cannabis and tinnitus relief. But how promising is the science, really? Let's explore the research.