Most of us are already aware that sugar isn’t good for our health. But can it impact your hearing health, or worsen the symptoms of tinnitus? The American Tinnitus Association [https://www.ata.org/] notes that although there is no clear evidence that sugar laden foods cause tinnitus, there are plenty of accounts from sufferers who report a worsening in symptoms after eating sugar-laden foods.
Tinnitus itself is not an illness, but rather a symptom of something bigger. Often triggered by an underlying condition, hearing loss is the most common cause. However, tinnitus can also be a sign of something else. A change in your blood sugar levels, or hyperinsulinemia, can result in symptoms of tinnitus.
Recent studies have highlighted that high blood sugar (A1c levels) can damage blood vessels and nerves [source: http://trihealth.adam.com/content.aspx?productId=10&pid=10&gid=000009]. This has important implications for your overall ear health, given the network of small, sensitive blood vessels and nerves that make up your auditory system. Reduced blood flow to the vessels in your ear can result in hearing loss, which may also be accompanied by symptoms of tinnitus.
Understanding how sugary foods affects your body might be the first step in controlling that annoying ringing in your ears.
A surefire way to determine if there are foods that trigger your tinnitus is a detailed food journal. What have you eaten, what did you drink (including alcohol) and when. Then note down how your tinnitus symptoms were that day.
Yes, it can be time consuming, but if it improves the quality of your daily life it’s worth it!
If you start to see a pattern with a certain food or drink, the next step is to avoid consuming it for one full week. If your symptoms have lessened after this week, try a gradual reintroduction of the food or drink. Monitor your symptoms closely.
Over time by trialing different foods, alcohol or drinks you will get a clear understanding of how much of a treat you can enjoy, or if there are food items that you should avoid.
Other simple steps include:
Our bodies are truly remarkable things that we can tend to neglect. Alongside a healthy diet it is important to stay on top of your yearly health checks. If you know it’s time to book a hearing check, call us today on (507) 208-7002, or click here to request an appointment.