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Foods to eat or avoid if you have tinnitus


Certain foods can make tinnitus go from bad to worse, but improving your diet can help reduce its severity.

Here is a list of certain foods that help alleviate tinnitus and a few that aren't so good for it:

Foods That Can Help:

Bananas. Sometimes tinnitus is caused by a buildup of fluid in the ears. Bananas are a rich source of potassium, which can regulate the flow of fluids throughout the body. Other excellent sources include yogurt, spinach and sweet potatoes.

Pineapple. Pineapples help reduce inflammation throughout the body, including the inner ear, which can lessen the effects of tinnitus.

Vitamin B12 and Zinc. B12 or zinc deficiencies have been shown to increase the likelihood of tinnitus. Foods high in vitamin B12 include salmon, mackerel and red meat. Zinc-rich foods include yogurt, lamb, cashews and chicken.

Foods That Can Hurt:

Salt. Salt restricts blood vessels and increases blood pressure when consumed in large amounts, resulting in poor blood flow to the ears, which can aggravate tinnitus. Tinnitus sufferers should eat more natural foods and avoid processed foods, which often use salt as a preservative.

Sugar. Your brain depends on glucose and oxygen in the bloodstream to function properly. Too much sugar can disrupt this process and adversely affect hearing.

Sulfite. A preservative in foods such as dried fruit and wine, sulfites have been linked to tinnitus in those with sulfite intolerance. Check labels, as sulfites can show up in unsuspecting places.

Fast Food. Many fast food items are a cocktail of salt, sugar, trans fat and MSG - that might worsen tinnitus. Opt for more natural meals.

If you are concerned about hearing loss, for yourself or someone important to you, the audiologists and hearing health care professionals at AccuQuest can help. Contact your local AccuQuest Hearing Center to schedule a hearing test and consultation.

Accuquest Hearing Centers

3077 W Jefferson Street

Suite 206

Joliet, IL 60435