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Tinnitus improvements?

Asked on September 18, 2014
Created May 08, 2010 at 7:47 AM

I had been playing drums in a band for many years. One day I was busy doing some home improvements. The hammer hits where extremely noisy. No ear protection. At that day something went wrong in my right ear. I developed tinnitus. The buzz kept me awake at many nights and seemed very loud. That was long before my meals were primal.

I didn't realize it that it got much better after changing my diet several years later. I sort of forgot about it. That was until last Christmas, when I had a sugar/grain overload. The buzz was back that night and it took me several days of normal (primal) eating to make it disappear. At that time I didn't see the link yet. Too easy to blame everything on the diet. It was the drums (and the home improvements).

However, Every time when I eat sugar/grains in a moderate (or more) amount, the buzz returns. Primal eating makes it go away again. Almost like a switch.

Intensively googling didn't bring up any research papers or testimonials. My guess is that some blood pressure related properties are involved.

Anyone with similar tinnitus improvements or hints to medical research resources/references on this?

F910318b9aa27b91bcf7881f39b9eabe

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on July 12, 2011
at 03:28 PM

Mine also started after starting the paleo diet.

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

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on July 12, 2011
at 11:32 AM

Same, same. Though I don't think the diet caused it - too many live gigs unfortunately. But I was (and still am) eating a paleo diet when it started.

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on May 09, 2010
at 03:24 PM

Perhaps try a magenesium supplement? The ATA (American Tinnitus Association) would also suggest a visit to an ENT and a hearing evaluation every year if the tinnitus continues.

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on May 14, 2010
at 01:02 PM

My frequent episodes of tinnitus stopped when I quit gluten. In fact, my hearing improved full stop. Apparently, the inflammation was causing swelling and diminishing sensitivity.

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13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

(2339)

on May 09, 2010
at 03:24 PM

I don't think it is blood pressure. I think it is the inflamatory nature of grains. Google tinnitus and inflammation and see what you think. Another possibility is that on paleo, your digestion has improved and vitamin and mineral deficiencies corrected.

Please be careful with hearing protection, regardless. Paleo man lived in a very different sound environment.

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on October 18, 2011
at 12:02 PM

Kevin Hogan, a psychologist, wrote a book called "Tinnitus: Turning Down the Volume" and he explains that it has many causes. So it may react differently to different inputs. In many cases, the tiny inner ear hairs die but the nerves leading to them are still alive and no longer have anthing to do so they go into a feedback loop giving the impression of noise. It's not a real noise but is taking place in the brain instead. He describes it as similar to phantom limb syndrome, where one can still have pain in an amputated arm.

In my case it was caused by taking Naproxen, which is a more potent Aleve. If you look at the warnings, it shows two of the side effects as "hearing Loss" and "Tinnitus" in plain black and white. Hogan explains that in most instances when this feedback loop is in high gear, it is caused by stress - any kind of stress. I have found this to be the case and when I have things calmed, I barely notice that I have it. Since diet can be closely related to stress levels, it would appear to play a factor, but managing stress would be high on the list of priorities.

Hogan researched and wrote the book because he got it so bad that it almost drove him to suicide.

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on July 12, 2011
at 01:13 PM

Being an avid musician and concert-goer I've had my share of "fun" with tinnitus even though I protect my hearing. There's still a lot we do not know about the ear. I've talked to lots of doctors and hearing protection specialists and as a result, here are my remedies:

1) Acute case of medium tinnitus: Slow, intravenous administration of Pentoxifyllin.

2) Keeping calm, staying away from noise. Not being afraid, not getting stressed.

3) Seeking out a silent place, closing my eyes and concentrating on the tinnitus noise until I can isolate it. Usually this lessens its volume. I do this several times per day.

4) XXL dose (10g or more) of EPA/DHA aka Fish Oil. As tinnitus is a kind of inflammation, thise should help. And as far as I can tell, it really does.

5) Magnesium never worked for me.

Staying away from agents of inflammation makes a lot of sense.

A lot of psychology is involved when it comes to hearing (just think about those nice psycho-acoustic effects), I have a friend who got rid of his heavy case of tinnitus by meditation. There's even (at least) some guy in Germany who built a machine that happens to alleviate tinnitus as a side-effect. Strange stuff, I can't find it any more.

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on September 18, 2014
at 09:08 AM

Hey Felix,

I am curious what you mean by your friend getting rid of severe tinnitus with meditation? Can you elaborate please? Do you mean he cured it or eventually got to a point, with the help of meditation, where it no longer bothers him?

I have tinnitus and hyperacusis and feel the only way to cure it is by intense meditation and letting the body heal whatever is wrong with the ears.

 

Thanks!

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on May 08, 2010
at 02:02 PM

that's funny....my tinnitus just started with my paleo diet....

13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

(2339)

on May 09, 2010
at 03:24 PM

Perhaps try a magenesium supplement? The ATA (American Tinnitus Association) would also suggest a visit to an ENT and a hearing evaluation every year if the tinnitus continues.

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on July 12, 2011
at 11:32 AM

Same, same. Though I don't think the diet caused it - too many live gigs unfortunately. But I was (and still am) eating a paleo diet when it started.

F910318b9aa27b91bcf7881f39b9eabe

(1164)

on July 12, 2011
at 03:28 PM

Mine also started after starting the paleo diet.

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on January 23, 2013
at 02:28 PM

I am not on Paleo, but I have been doing an allergy determination cleanse for the last month. I just reintroduced gluten for the first time with a gourmet baguette binge. I had been trying to find the cause of arthritic joint pain, but hadn't even noticed that my tinnitus had gone away till it CAME BACK. So reading this and having the experience, I have a strong suspicion that the gluten has been causing my tinnitus all these years. Thanks for these stories, all.

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on October 18, 2011
at 01:46 PM

If the tinnitus is caused by some sort of scar tissue to the inner ear it could be possible that protein restriction/ intermittent fasting could help as these practices promotes autophagy. Autophagy and protein restriction will cause the the body to recycle proteins, starting with misfolded proteins and non vital tissue such as scar tissue.

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on October 18, 2011
at 11:33 AM

I just want to say that I have been straight 100% paleo for 30 days (following the whole 30 program) and only now that I am back to my normal diet I noticed how much more frequent tinnitus is. I am totally amazed because the connection what not totally clear so far.

I am wondering if there are more people experiencing the same and if any of you has some additional explanations. I am sure inflammation and mineral deficiencies play a major role.

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on July 12, 2011
at 12:31 PM

My tinnitus started immediately after receiving a vaccination in high school, and has been there, unchanged, ever since (7 years later). Unfortunately, this is the one health problem paleo has done nothing for. I think in some cases, once there is damage done to the inner ear (some people tell me mine was caused by the mercury in the vaccine), they'll be stuck with it.

It also probably doesn't help that I'm a musician too.

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on July 12, 2011
at 09:49 AM

Just discovered this by googling "tinnitus paleo diet". The reason is that I have basically the same kind of experience. My tinnitus developed one day with apparent no reason and only incidentally I discovered that my paleo diet improved the situation. And it does get worse when I go back to sugar and grains.

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on November 20, 2011
at 10:56 AM

Here is an interesting article and treatment for tinnitus based on eliminating inflammation: http://www.newswithviews.com/Howenstine/james178.htm

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on July 12, 2011
at 12:34 PM

Now that you mention it, my ears have not been ringing as much as they used to. I haven't paid much attention, but I will now that you mention sugar/grains could be the culprit. Thanks for sharing!

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