What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a defined as a noise that sounds like ringing in the ears.
It has been reported to affect over 15% of the population.
It is important to be clear that tinnitus is not a disease or health issue, it is simply a symptom of another underlying condition.
Conditions associated with tinnitus include hearing loss, trauma to the ear, or a circulation issue.
Most of the time, tinnitus is not associated with something terribly serious and it can improve with treatment of the actual cause of the problem.
Tinnitus can be described as humming, bussing, ringing, high pitched, low pitched and it typically occurs when there are no other sounds present and it is very quiet.
Subjective tinnitus is when you are the only one who hears it; objective tinnitus is when your doctor or health care professional can also hear it.
Objective tinnitus is very rare and is typically related to a blood vessel malfunction or a muscular condition.
What Causes Tinnitus?
There are several causes of tinnitus and most of them are related to inflammation.
The inner ear hair cells could be damaged which can cause the nerves in the ear to have additional pressure, which causes you to hear a sound in the brain of impulses released from the pressure of the auditory nerve.
Additional conditions that may contribute to increased symptoms of tinnitus include but are not limited to;
- age-related hearing loss
- damage from being exposed to loud noise
- excessive ear wax
- changes in the bone structure of the ear which are typically inherited
- inner ear disorders caused by fluid pressure
- TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder
- trauma or injury to the cervical spine or head
- ear tube dysfunction
- muscle spasms, or benign tumor that is near or on the cranial nerve
Inflammatory health conditions that contribute to tinnitus include;
- hardened arteries
- tumors near the cervical spine or head
- deformed capillaries
The medications associated with worsening the symptoms of tinnitus include;
- medications to treat cancer
- high doses of aspirin
Prevention and Treatment of Tinnitus – How do I stop the ringing in my ears?
Use hearing protection whenever possible, especially those who are exposed to loud music regularly, guns, or machinery.
Keep the volume within safe levels when listening to music in the car, headphones or at parties.
Take care of your heart and overall cardiovascular system.
Exercise regularly mixing up cardiovascular exercise, strength training and stress relieving mind and body exercise like martial arts, yoga and Pilates.
Healthy nutrition will help maintain a healthy weight and keep your circulatory system strong to prevent any blood vessels issues associated with tinnitus.
Anti-inflammatory Food List:
- Fatty cold water fish
- Dark Berries
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Leafy dark greens
- Ginger root
- Bone Broth
- Coconut oil
- Cruciferous Vegetables
- Soft Drinks
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Corn Syrup
- White flour
- Conventional cereals
- Processed sausage, luncheon meats, bacon, etc.
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Fried Foods
Neuromodulation is a therapy using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has been proven in lessening the symptoms of tinnitus in some individuals.
There is no set tried and true cure for tinnitus, it typically goes away when you improve your health and make behavior modifications of a healthy lifestyle.
Limit exposure to loud noise, cigarettes, and excessive caffeine, use a white noise machine or something to mask the noise and take your mind off of the ringing, practice stress management through meditation, prayer, etc.
Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption, this will maintain the health of your blood vessels.
Adopt an Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle
Let’s face it inflammation is the root cause of most illness and disease and it can be reduced by making nutrition, lifestyle and mindset modifications.
If tinnitus is a result of an inflammatory disease or health issue you could see major improvements or even eliminate tinnitus by making appropriate lifestyle changes.
As mentioned above a diet that is rich in quality vegetables, fruits, heart-healthy fats, fiber, and quality protein as compared to processed convenient foods will reduce inflammation and help your metabolism function with fewer disruptions.
Hydration is often the most overlooked opportunity to improve your nutrition, reduce or eliminate all soft drinks, juices, sports drinks, and artificially sweetened beverages.
Consume at least half of your body weight in ounces of quality hydroxide water per day.
Hydroxide water actually eliminates acids in the body, it is made from pure limestone.
The OH- in the Hydroxide water seeks out H+ ions usually attached to an acid. They then bind together forming water.
This eliminates the acid which is the main cause of inflammation.
It also helps clear out the detoxification pathways which helps with many health issues including inflammation.
The quality of your food and water makes a difference.
If you are not hydrated properly nutrients will not transport throughout the body and you could experience more symptoms of inflammation including tinnitus.
Tinnitus is a symptom and indicator that your body is experiencing an imbalance, most likely related to inflammation.
By making the lifestyle modifications listed above, adhering to a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods and quality hydration (Hydroxide Water) you will see improvements in your symptoms of tinnitus.