by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
I received this interesting email,
I’ve had tinnitus for about two years caused by a combination of noise exposure and an over-zealous nurse giving an ear lavage. It can be a real problem at times, especially when I don’t watch the sugar intake in my diet. The only thing that I’ve found that provides relief within a short period of time when it gets going are dietary enzymes like Bromelain and Papain. My theory is that these enzymes help break down sugars and eliminate them efficiently from my system? If my system is overloaded with sugars, it leads to louder and more intense tinnitus.
You are perceptive in realizing that too much sugar is related to your increased tinnitus. Few people realize that sugar and tinnitus can go hand in hand. As you now know, your tinnitus is indeed sensitive to too much sugar in your system. The more sugar you have in your system, the louder your tinnitus. This happens to other people too.
As the American Tinnitus Association, in one of the Fact Sheets reported:
Some people find that foods with a high sugar content make their tinnitus louder. Monitor how you respond, and find a healthy balance where you do not eliminate all the foods that you love, but also where you do not unnecessarily exacerbate your tinnitus.
Too much sugar is bad for your body as a whole (think diabetes), not just your ears, so you should watch your sugar intake anyway. However, in your case, you are fortunate to have a built-in alarm system that alerts you when you ingest too much sugar. Now all you have to do is heed it.