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Reduce the Ringing!

There are some things you can do that may help reduce the ringing in your ears.

Tinnitus is a ringing, tone, rustling, whooshing or other sound in your ear or ears that only you can hear.  It’s annoying and you feel cut off from the world because you hear these sounds, but you can’t hear people talking or other sounds in your surroundings.  It can be annoying, frustrating, and downright difficult.  You want to stop the world so you can get off.  

But there may be some help for you if you make some changes in your routine.  One of these is a dietary change - for instance, tinnitus can be a symptom of Ménière's Disease, a disease of the inner ear. This disease can be associated with high cholesterol and high triglycerides. Reducing the amount of meat and saturated fats in your diet could possibly relieve symptoms of Ménière's Disease, including the tinnitus. There is some evidence too, that reducing the amount of salt in your diet can also help to reduce the intensity of the sound and the vertigo associated with Ménière's Disease.   

In addition to reducing the amount of meat and fat, you can start replacing simple carbohydrates with more complex carbs and with more fibre. In fact, diabetes can be an underlying cause of tinnitus, so if you eat a diet low in simple sugars you can get your blood sugar under control, too.  The simple sugars are found in table sugar, brown sugar, honey, white pasta, white potatoes, white rice, white bread, and anything else with sugar or white flour in it. These are foods to eliminate or reduce.  

Complex carbohydrate and high fibre foods include leafy green vegetables, yellow and orange veggies like bell peppers and radishes, and whole grains. Nuts and beans also have fibre, but they have good fats as well.  So help yourself to a few spoonfuls of nuts (except peanuts - they tend to be associated with mould).

 Some tinnitus sufferers have said that limiting alcohol has helped to reduce the ringing in their ears.  Alcohol also converts to sugar very quickly, driving blood sugar up. It’s good to avoid alcohol altogether if you have an illness as it may interact with your medication.  

There are supplements you can try.  A lack of Coenzyme-Q10 and/or zinc in your diet may be linked to having tinnitus, so adding these to your diet may help.   Co-Q10 is also a great supplement for the heart, so you would be getting a double benefit from it. Vitamin B-12 is another possibility.  Melatonin is a great sleep aid, so try that if the ringing in your ears keeps you up at night.
Stress management is really important if you suffer from ringing in the ears.  Lots of exercise, extra sleep, relaxation techniques, and spending time with friends and family can all help you de-stress and keep the blues away.  Most importantly, don’t try to change everything at once. Take it one step at a time.