Cure Your Tinnitus – Is Alcohol Good Or Bad For Tinnitus?

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There’s a controversy out there on the subject of alcohol and tinnitus. While many people believe that drinking and ringing ears go hand in hand, some people claim that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol actually helps with their tinnitus. Surprisingly, both sides are correct. Keep reading to find out how this is possible.

Perhaps you were under the impression that a moderate amount of alcohol could help reduce tinnitus symptoms. Perhaps you were under the impression that drinking a little alcohol could worsen your tinnitus symptoms. Surprisingly, both those reports are correct.

A 1995 study at the Welsh Hearing Institute found that 22% of the participants reported increased tinnitus from drinking alcohol, while 16% reported reduced symptoms. The other 62% reported no effect. So what should we make of these results?

Actually, this tells us a lot. First, it tells us that for most of us, moderate alcohol consumption is unlikely to affect our tinnitus one way or the other. But if it does, the effect could be good or bad. We haven’t seen any definitive studies on the reasons for these effects, but here’s what seems to be happening. For people who benefit from alcohol, it is likely that stress is one of the causes of their tinnitus. That’s because a small amount of alcohol can reduce your stress levels. And reduced stress can reduce tinnitus symptoms.

We don’t have a good theory for why moderate alcohol consumption would increase tinnitus. But at least on possibility does present itself. It is the fact that alcohol actually acts as a stimulant for some people. Stimulants frequently increase tinnitus symptoms.

Heavy drinking, on the other hand, will almost surely increase tinnitus. The dehydration, headaches, and overall physiological damage caused by heavy drinking are almost guaranteed to worsen tinnitus.

Is Alcohol Good Or Bad For Your Tinnitus?

It is relatively easy to figure out whether alcohol increases or decreases your tinnitus symptoms. But first, let me make this clear: In no way am I suggesting that you start drinking as a way to treat your tinnitus! The goal here is simply to help you see whether or not the way you drink now in any way contributes to your hearing issues.

To find out how your current drinking patterns affect your tinnitus, you simply need to take some notes. For the next couple of weeks, be alert to how intense your tinnitus is after you drink. Make some notes of how it seems.

Next, if you’re feeling up to it, stop drinking altogether for a couple of weeks and make note of your general level of tinnitus. Between them, these experiments will teach you everything you need to decide whether there is an alcohol and tinnitus connection for you.

To learn more about how food and drink can affect your tinnitus, and how both fit into a holistic plan that can cure your tinnitus at last, click here.

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