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Melatonin has been used to treat chronic tinnitus in adults. One study observed a significantly greater decrease in tinnitus scores on an audiometric test and self-rated tinnitus after treatment with melatonin compared to placebo (1). Hormonal influences such as puberty, the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, hormonal birth control, hormone replacement therapy, and menopause are possible explanations for why women may experience tinnitus. Other changes that could influence and worsen tinnitus during these times could be lack of sleep, fatigue, and stress.

Authors: Deanna Minich, PhD, Melanie Heenning, ND, Catherine Darley, ND, Mona Fahoum, ND, Corey B. Schuler, DC, James Frame

Reviewer: Peer-review in Nutrients Journal

Date last updated: September 22, 2022


1. Hurtuk A, Dome C, Holloman CH, Wolfe K, Welling DB, Dodson EE, et al. Melatonin: Can it stop the ringing? Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology. 2011;120(7).

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