Tinnitus is a condition that affects many people in the UK, and even around the world. There’s no set cure but there are many ways that are thought to help relieve your symptoms. Sound therapy and removal of excess ear wax have reported to help those who suffer from symptoms. We’ve decided to put together a guide which might also help; the top foods that can help relieve the symptoms that relate to Tinnitus.
We’ll start with the foods that are best to avoid when it comes to Tinnitus. Salt, or sodium as it is commonly known as on food package labels nowadays, is thought to be key food to avoid if you’re experiencing this condition. Salt is related to a higher blood pressure level which can affect the blood flow to your ears.
As well as salt, alcohol and smoking are also associated with high blood pressure and the exacerbation of Tinnitus. Having your blood pressure under control can contribute to the relieving of the symptoms.
In a previous blog, we mentioned that, according to a study by Deaf Research UK, caffeine is not related to Tinnitus in anyway. However, it is recommended that the amount of caffeine consumed is reduced, particularly before you go to bed. Tinnitus is often a cause of sleep problems and having the extra caffeine in your system won’t help matters! Swapping your coffee for a decaffeinated beverage is a great first step in getting a better night’s sleep – and can help the symptoms of Tinnitus to settle.
Just because many things are associated with Tinnitus doesn’t mean there are not foods we can still enjoy! One food to eat if you’re suffering from Tinnitus is pineapple. Not only is this Brazilian fruit delicious, but also helps blood circulation in the body. The high potassium level in pineapples help lower blood pressure, allowing your whole body to get the circulation and supply that it needs to stay healthy. Other fruits with high potassium levels are bananas, papayas, mangos and pears! It is important to note that consuming too much potassium can lead to health problems and so following the daily recommended allowance is always advised.
Vampires might hate it but it’s certainly good for your Tinnitus, garlic! In recent studies, garlic has been seen to prevent hearing loss and aid the symptoms surrounding Tinnitus, making it a valuable addition to your meal plan if you haven’t done so already! Whether you’d rather use odourless garlic supplements or add a few cloves to your cooking, garlic can help increase blood circulation and reduce inflammation in the body. This allows the blood supply in your body to get to everywhere it’s needed without high blood pressure or inflammation stopping it – a big bonus in helping relieve Tinnitus.
Zinc supplements are another suggestion if you’re suffering from Tinnitus and have a zinc deficiency. Studies have shown that a zinc deficiency can, not only, have an effect of your overall health but also on your hearing, particularly when relating to Tinnitus. Having zinc supplements or introducing foods with high zinc levels to your diet is a great way to help your deficiency and sets you in the right direction for relieving Tinnitus. Foods that have a high level of zinc are; seafood (cooked oysters is a great example), beef and lamb (lean is always better!) and spinach (which also has a high level of iron – another vitamin which is a must have when looking at foods that can relieve Tinnitus).
By watching the food you eat along with other tools, such as sound therapy and ear wax removal, these tips could help you feel a sense of relief over your symptoms.
If you’re worried you might be suffering from Tinnitus, you can book an appointment or find your local Hearing Centre online today.