Pressure and ringing in the ears, accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, possible vomiting, lymph nodes swollen, sinus pressure, headache and exhaustion.
Does this sound like your issue? Here is My Story and following is a list of herbs for this issue.

As a child I’ve always had ear aches and sinus issues… in a major way. Doctor visits only because the over-the-counter medicines don’t work for me. Yes, I’m Trouble..notice the capital T.

Grew up, moved away, got married and moved to Great Lakes, IL in 1983. A year later I had another severe bout of earaches and sinuses backing up and nothing over the counter helped (of course). Doctor visit was called for. Husband went with me to the doctor’s office because I could not function (drive). Doctor did the full interview with a frown and tisk-tisk. Doctor looked at us sternly and says, “hosptial..or..strict bed rest for five days. I’m not kidding. Pick one.” He glares at the husband, both sense the seriousness of the situation. So with medicine in hand from pharmacy off to bed I go.

Doctor was REALLY not kidding. With the meds that I took for this absolute serious sinus infection I had no choice but to stay in bed (because it took all the sense and consciousness out of me!).

Present day in Virginia…August 7, 2008
I went to my favorite restaurant. A lone customer was seated, eating and enjoying a VERY loud TV. And I (silly me) stayed and sat next to the TV. Not much choice since there are but a few tables in the whole place. When that customer left I turned off the TV and was relieved by quiet. I realized then that my left ear had a lot of pressure building and the trouble just escalated from there.

The next day I was feeling pretty miserable. My whole head hurt (I’m being kind here).
That night I was at my home computer finishing up for the evening. I turned my chair and went to stand and I had to immediately sit back down. I was so dizzy and I surely didn’t want to fall down. And boy did I feel nauseated.

The dizziness went away after a minute but the nausea was gripping me for days!!
Food was out of the question…just looking at it was a serious concern. Juicing was the only thing that would stay down without major issue.

After a week of this nagging ringing and pressure in my head I went for my visit with the doctor. Ok, why did I wait a week? Because I thought it would go away on its own.
But I did make the doctor appointment…and kept it.

Symptoms – constant nausea, infuriatingly incessant ringing in my left ear, pressure in the ear and in the head, dizziness only twice.

What I thought may have assisted this issue is that I had just starting using a lift in my right shoe. My right leg is shorter than my left.

At the doctor’s office after the fourth time the doctor said ‘I think’ I asked, “And what do you ‘think’ I have?” He said, I think you have Meniere’s Disease." He gave me a prescription (which I refused to take!) called Hydrochlorothiazide. (Say that ten times fast) But the doctor did refer me to an ENT for hearing test.

I repelled and rebelled! I read my books thoroughly to find herbs and other information on this most unpleasant condition.

What is Meniere’s Disease you ask?
Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes of vertigo, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear, and fluctuating hearing loss.
Here is a good informational site on this subject:

Symtems of Meniere’s Disease and Tinnitis can also be caused by lack of enough B vitamins, magnesium and zinc in your system.

Ok, so what was my solution?
I am a holistic person wanting a more holistic appoach than taking a medicine I felt was not really for me. Yes, allopathy medicine go hand-in-hand with holistic ways (homeopathy medicine). While waiting for my scheduled visit to the ENT I started my visits with an acupuncturist. No needles used to my relief. Cold laser light is used. The first twelve visits were 3x week. And made one chiropractic visit. The second set of 12 sessions 2x week. And another chiropractic visit.

My herbal tea consisted of the following:
Echinacea [Echinacea purpurea] fights infection, and aids dizziness and poor equilibrium.
Ginkgo [Ginkgo biloba] (in my morning tea) increases circulation throughout the body including the brain and reduces dizziness.
Goldenseal [Hydrastis canadensis] controls infection and improves circulation – not recommended for pregnant women.
Hawthorn leaf [Crataegus] blood purifier, increases circulation in the head.
Passionflower [Passiflora caerulea] (evening tea) nervine, sedative.
Yarrow [Achillea millefolium] anti-inflammatory.

Juice (juicing)
Morning -
Apple – rich in flavinoids, beta-carotene, vitamins B and C (Ascorbic Acid), boron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, pectin.
Banana – charbohydrates (glucose, fructose), folic acid, vitamins B6 and C, potassium, pectin.
Blueberries – beta-carotene, vitamin C, iron, potassium, silicon, pectin, anthocyanadin, myrtillin.
Nectarine – protein, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C
Bupleurum [Bupleurum chinense] – liver and circulatory system tonic. Should not be taken at the same time as antibiotics, which often kill off these bacteria. (Do not use if pregnant or undergoing interferon therapy for hepatitis; if using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs -NSAIDS-consult physician first)
Wheatgrass [Triticum] – beta-carotene, B-complex including B12, vitamins C, E, K and, calcium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, germanium, phosphorus, sodium, sulfur, zinc, seventeen amino acids (including 8 essential ones), and at least 80 enzymes; superoxide dismutase (SOD), which is a potent antioxidant hormone believed to regulate growth and meabolism and to defeat cancer cells. Wheatgrass is antibacterial, antiviral, and alkalinizing. It detoxifies, purifies and is a blood builder.
Flaxseed oil[Linum usitatissimum] – Omega 3, Omega 6 fatty acids, protein, vitamins A, B, E and is 60% linolenic acid. (Do not take more than 2 tablespoons full per day. Due to its prussic acid content larger amounts can be toxic)
Chlorophyll – body deoderizer, helps break down undesirable bacteria, promotes bowel and digestion function. Anti-inflammatory, neutalizes adn deactivates carcinogens.
Liquid B vitamin complex – All the B vitamins – B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B6 (Pyridoxine), B12 (Cyanocobalamin), B15 (PAnagamic Acid), B17 (Laetrile)

Sample Evening (may contain the following)
Asparagus – beta-carotene, vitamins B, C, E, iodine, potassium, zinc.
Bell Peppers (all colors) – beta-carotene, vitamin C, silicon, bioflavonoids, B6, E and folic acid, lycopene.
Beet – beta-carotene, B-complex vitamins, vitamine C, iron, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, manganese, betaine.
Carrot – beta-carotene, vitamins B6 and C, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, pectin, fiber.
Spinach – beta-carotene, vitamins A, B6, C, K, folic acid, calcium, iron, potassium, sulfur, chlorophyll, protein, lutein.
Tomato – beta-carotene, B-complex vitamins, vitamins C, E, phophorus, potassium, sulfur, quercitin, histamine, lycopene.

It is best to eat the fruits and vegetables highest in properties listed (see individual items) most especially the folic acid, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium and zinc.
Your body needs to have folic acid in your system in order to process the nutrients properly.

09/30/08 Update – I went to ENT and he says that I do not have Meneire’s Disease but I do have Tinnitis due to hearing loss.

12/13/08 – Update – I still have Tinnitis but not as intense. I still see my acupuncturist every 10 days. I still have my juices when I can. My tea has been refined – echinacea and goldenseal has been removed, ginko in a day tea and passionflower in a night tea. The echinacea and goldenseal were used for six weeks to clear up any infection that may have been involved then removed from the tea mix. I also do yoga to aid in circulation.

09/28/09 Update – I still see my chiropractor monthly, and my acupuncturist once every two weeks unless he says otherwise. I saw my doctor and we worked together. I agreed to take Lisinopril for blood pressure and he agreed to treat a possible infection. I went to the Women’s Herbal Conference held in Peterboro, NH August 21-23, 2009. I learned that ear massage is helpful. I’ll post that info in a bit.

“Fresh is best, frozen is next, skip the can.” – Lou Foster
The above is how I treat myself for tinnitis.