Published on March 25th, 2014 | by Alan Cross


Could MDMA Be a Cure for Ringing in the Ears?

My mom has terrible tinnitus.  It’s so bad that in order to fall asleep she has to have the radio on to distract her from the constant ringing in her ears.  This has two unfortunate side effects: (a) it annoys my dad; and (b) she’s believes everything she hears on Coast to Coast with George Noory.  Please don’t ask her about the coming polar shift.  She’ll chatter for hours.

She’s been to doctors, but like most tinnitus sufferers, there’s nothing they can do.  Or is there?

Researchers in New Zealand say they’ve stumbled across cases where tinnitus patients have had the ringing go away (or at least greatly reduced) after taking MDMA.  That’s right, Ecstasy.

What started as anecdotal evidence blossomed into some serious research which shows promise.  Serious patient trials will start in May.

Maybe mom needs to drop some E.  And then my dad could get some sleep.


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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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4 Responses to Could MDMA Be a Cure for Ringing in the Ears?

  1. Shirl says:

    Has she looked into Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture?

  2. Josh says:

    The ringing might stop but she definitely wont be sleeping

  3. Doug Lennon says:

    Waitaminute…so the club kids at EDM shows and festivals aren’t taking MDMA to get high but to deal with the severe tinnitus they get from attending loud EDM shows and festivals?

    Good to know…

  4. always have background noise; tv, washer/dryer, fan, radio…something. Fans work great at night. Ive had my tinnitus practically since birth.

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