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Are you suffering from a ringing sensation in your ear that is causing discomfort? It is most likely Tinnitus. Read below to see what vitamins can help with your symptoms.

Tinnitus is the name for hearing noises that are not caused by an outside source. This condition can sound like ringing, buzzing, whooshing, humming, hissing, and in some cases throbbing. Some may hear these sounds in one or both ears, and often they come and go, or most people tend to hear them all the time.

There are two types of tinnitus, subjective which only you can hear, caused by damage in the nerves or the part of your brain that interprets nerve signals as sound. On the other hand, objective tinnitus is a rare type that can be heard by whoever is examining it. It can be caused by a blood vessel problem or muscle contractions. These sensations can lead to serious health problems like stress, blood pressure and ear damage.

Roughly, 30% of people will experience tinnitus at some point in their lives but is most common in those who have hearing loss or other ear conditions. It is equally found in people with normal hearing. Most people are able to continue their usual daily activities without any issues, however, a small number of people report it as ‘severely affecting them’.

The cause of tinnitus is unknown, as it is not an illness or disease. In normal individuals, when we hear, the sound travels into the ear and hearing nerves take these signals to the brain which puts the sound together to make sense of it. A change to the system, either hearing loss, or infections in the ear result in high amounts of information sent to the brain. The brain tries to get more information from the ear and result in some sort of sounds – called tinnitus! This suggests tinnitus is more to do with brain activity and not the ear. Changes in wellbeing, or life circumstances and stress can exacerbate tinnitus. 

Although there is no cure for this condition, there are treatments that can help manage the symptoms. Taking vitamins is one of them; many studies have shown them effective in reducing the ringing in your eat. 

Below are a list of vitamins are known to improve symptoms of tinnitus:

  • Vitamin A – this fat-soluble vitamin is stored in the inner ear which interprets sounds properly. Fruits and vegetables are good natural sources of Vitamin 
  • Vitamin B12 – roughly 50%of tinnitus sufferers have a vitamin B12 deficiency. Studies have concluded participants experienced a significant improvement in their tinnitus after taking B12. Food sources of B12 are oily fish, beef, cheese, eggs, liver and oysters.
  • Vitamin E – known to increase blood flow to the body including the ears. This, in turn, increases oxygen supply to the ears and reduce the tinnitus.
  • Ginkgo Biloba – improves blood flow in patients and prevents free-radicals from damaging cells.
  • Magnesium – tinnitus is linked to blood pressure, and magnesium contributes towards regulating blood pressure
  • Zinc – a study found taking zinc supplements reduced acute symptoms of tinnitus by 82%. Food sources of zinc include liver, beef, lamb and mutton, nuts, pumpkin seeds and dairy products.

At Perfect Balance Clinic, one of our qualified Nutritionists can help you take control of your tinnitus by helping you make adjustments to your nutrition, lifestyle and exercise routine to help you be pain-free, and get you feeling fit and healthy!

If this resonates with you then…

Take advantage of our 15-minute sessions either with a Nutritionist or Functional Medicine Practitioner, designed to give you the support you need with your concerns and to get you started on your road to recovery. Find very quick and effective results!

At Perfect Balance Clinic, our Nutritionists or Functional Medicine Practitioners will provide you with an important assessment of your condition and discuss many routes to explore for optimum health. Our assessment covers important aspects that most practitioners seem to miss in normal sessions with their clients. This allows us to accelerate your recovery! Simply use the contact form below to provide us with your details to get booked in.

Isha Patel
BSc Nutritionist

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