Inflammation – Your Ringing Ears


Do you ever hear a ringing, buzzing, or humming sound in your ear, even though the room is silent?

This could be an indication that you have tinnitus, a condition where the ears will frequently ring for seemingly no reason. It is estimated that over 15 million Americans experience these unwanted sounds on a regular basis, and the underlying cause can be hard to pinpoint. However, modern research has shown that many cases of tinnitus are a result of chronic inflammation in the body which could eventually damage your hearing. Luckily, there are steps you can take to improve your lifestyle, reduce inflammation and hopefully reverse tinnitus for good.

In addition to inflammation, tinnitus can be caused by a number of conditions, including a build-up of ear wax, noise exposure, and diseases of the ear, allergies, poor thyroid function and even tumors. Tinnitus is also a side effect of some common medications, including antibiotics and aspirin. But many cases are caused by chronic inflammation and related poor blood circulation to ear. Inflammation puts extra pressure on the delicate parts of your inner ear that can lead to scarring and permanent tissue damage.

Chronic inflammation is caused by an overactive immune system, and is typically the product of disease or the modern human diet. The American diet consists of lots of sugars, grains, and vegetable oils, all of which cause an unwanted inflammatory response in the body. An anti-inflammation diet can reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, and improve tinnitus and hearing loss symptoms.

Additionally, it can leave your joints feeling younger and improve your energy levels, since the diet could help to stabilize your blood sugar. The aim of the diet is to reduce your carbohydrate intake to around 100 grams a day maximum, while increasing your intake of good fats and proteins. Good fats are those that can be found in avocados, nuts, and coconut oil, amongst other foods. The foods you will want to avoid include margarines, vegetable and seed oils, wheat, corn, rice, and fruit juices.

Along with an improved diet, supplements have been shown to be beneficial for reducing inflammation and improving blood flow, particularly to the inner ear. Vitamin B12, the mineral Zinc, and Omega – 3 fatty acids from fish oil all encourage the production of healthy tissue and reduce the body’s inflammatory response.

The basic anti-inflammation diet includes foods you eat every day:

  • Quality Meats, Eggs, and Fish
  • Whole Milk, Yogurt, and Cheeses
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Fruits and Vegetables

It may be difficult to permanently reverse tinnitus or the associated hearing loss, but taking steps to improve your diet and reduce bodily inflammation is crucial to helping your ears heal properly. Do not neglect treatment for your condition. Ask your doctor what steps you can take, in addition to diet and supplements, that may help silence the ringing in your ears.

 

By Clair Cameron |  For more information on Tinnitus visit: ata.org

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