The Impacts of your Diet on Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a common occurrence, affecting over 20 million people in the United States.  The symptoms and severity can vary person to person, as well as triggers.

Your diet can affect your tinnitus symptoms; here are some foods to limit.

  • Food & TinnitusFats & Meats: High cholesterol has been found to increase the symptoms of tinnitus.  Eating a diet high in meat, trans fats and saturated fats have been linked to heightened tinnitus symptoms, while those who eat less meat and more plant-based diet experience less.
  • Sweets & Carbs: A diet that consists heavily of carbs and sweets can increase your insulin/blood sugar levels, which can increase the ringing in your ears.  By decreasing the amount of carbohydrates in your diet, you may see a decrease in the tinnitus symptoms.
  • Salt & Salicylates: Foods that are high in salt or salicylic acid (such as tomatoes, peaches, berries, and almonds) have been shown to increase tinnitus symptoms upon consumption.  Those with a sodium-rich diet are prone to increased daily symptoms.
  • Caffeine: Caffeine does not affect each patient the same way.  Some may experience increased ringing or buzzing after having a caffeinated beverage, others see no effect.

Keeping a log of your eating habits and your symptoms can help identify what foods trigger symptoms, and which do not.

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