you have tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or other hearing problems?
may have a
dietary deficiency or a blood disorder.
(pronounced TIN-i-tuss) is the medical term for ringing in the ears. Rarely,
tinnitus is due to an actual sound, such as blood rushing through an enlarged
vein—a problem that requires medical treatment. More commonly the problem is
due to nerve irritation from an unknown source or an underlying ear problem
often induced by noise damage. The cause of tinnitus should be diagnosed by a
are the symptoms of tinnitus?
Symptoms may include hearing buzzing, roaring, ringing, whistling, or hissing
sounds. These sounds may be intermittent, continuous, or pulsing. Tinnitus may
interfere with normal activities and sleep, and there may be an associated
decrease in the ability to hear conversation or other sounds in the environment.
changes that may be helpful: Ménière’s
disease (a condition characterized by tinnitus, vertigo, and hearing loss) is
reportedly associated with various metabolic abnormalities, including elevations
of serum cholesterol and/or triglycerides and abnormal regulation of blood
sugar. In one trial, people with Ménière’s disease who replaced refined
carbohydrates in their diet with foods high in fiber and complex carbohydrates
frequently experienced an improvement or disappearance of their tinnitus.1
causative factors of hearing problems
supplements that may be helpful:
Zinc supplements have been used to treat people who had both tinnitus and
hearing loss (usually age-related). Of those who had initially low blood levels
of zinc, about 25% experienced an improvement in tinnitus after taking zinc
(90–150 mg per day for three to six months). Such large amounts of zinc should
be monitored by a doctor. Two controlled clinical trials found no benefit from
zinc supplementation (66 mg per day in one double-blind trial) in people with
tinnitus. However, participants in these studies were not zinc deficient.
Preliminary research suggests that zinc supplementation is only helpful for
tinnitus in people who are zinc deficient.
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