Botox May Smooth Your Wrinkles and Stop the Ringing in Your
Editor: I've seen several alleged remedies for tinnitus, but have yet
to hear from anyone for whom the remedies have worked. So I'm a bit
skeptical about treating tinnitus with Botox, but I'll try to keep an
open mind. And I welcome any reports on successful or unsuccessful
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Now there is a new health reason to use Botox that may be a good way
to hide your vanity use of the product that makes you look better. A
preliminary new study says it can stop the ringing in your ears.
Botox is best known as a way to remove wrinkles in the skin. The new
research indicates that Botox injections may ease the irritation of
tinnitus, otherwise know as ringing in the ears. Researchers caution
that more study is needed, but initial results are promising.
Tinnitus, or the presence of noises (ringing, whistling, hissing,
roaring, booming) in the ears, is a common complaint affecting an
estimated 10-20 percent of the general population. Chronic, persistent
tinnitus can affect one's ability to work, engage in social activities,
and sleep. For some, the problem is much more harmful, affecting their
mood with resulting mild to severe depression. Five percent of the
general population are affected by tinnitus to a severity that it causes
them to seek help.
The clinical causes of tinnitus have been explored in an effort to
explain why this disorder affects individuals so differently, with some
having only mild recognition of the symptom and others having true
annoyance and more serious interference with their quality of life. Many
experts now believe that tinnitus is affected by the autonomic nervous
Botox is well known as a remedy to skin wrinkles and frown lines, but
many are not aware it is also used for more serious medical conditions,
including strabismus, spasmodic altered voice production, failure of the
voice muscles to relax, and cervical dystonia.
More recently, Botox has shown significant benefit through
nonparalytic effects for problems including neuropathic pain and
migraines. Specifically, in management of migraines, Botox is suspected
to block not only acetylcholine, but inhibit release of other
neurotransmitters and neuropeptides important in the autonomic pathway.
It was Botox's proven benefit in disease processes via blockage of
autonomic pathways, and that a significant aspect of tinnitus is
believed to be effected via the autonomic pathway, that lead researchers
to examine whether Botox could possibly impact the perception of
The authors of "Evaluation of Botox in Treatment of Tinnitus," are Katrina R. Stidham MD with the California Ear
Institute at San Ramon, Perry Solomon MD, Director-Bridges Medical
Clinic-for Botox rx for Migraines and Hyperhydrosis, and Joseph B.
Roberson MD, California Ear Institute and Let Them Hear Foundation, all
Their findings [were] presented at the American Academy of
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting & OTO
EXPO, [which was] held September 19-22, 2004, at the Jacob K. Javits
Convention Center, New York City, NY.
Learn more about the specialty and otolaryngic disorders at the AAO-
HNS Internet web site, http://www.entnet.org.