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Melatonin is a neurohormone that is secreted by the pineal gland and known to impact the sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin is regarded to be a safe and natural sleep aid. Since many people with tinnitus suffer sleep disturbance, melatonin has been studied as a therapeutic agent for tinnitus. A review of the literature suggests that melatonin has a beneficial effect on tinnitus, especially for patients with sleep disturbance, but it does not seem to modify the strength or frequency of the tinnitus.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTinnitus
Subtitle of host publicationPathophysiology and Treatment
EditorsB. Langguth, G. Hajak, T. Kleinjung, A. Cacace, A.R. Moller
Number of pages3
StatePublished - 2007

Publication series

NameProgress in Brain Research
ISSN (Print)0079-6123


  • melatonin
  • neurohormone
  • sleep-wake cycle
  • tinnitus


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