When it comes to hearing disorders, tinnitus is perhaps one of the least understood. Despite this, a huge number of people suffer from the condition. The Victorian government’s Better Health Channel estimates that 17-20 per cent of Australians will experience it at some point in their lives2.
Recently, however, there has been some evidence suggesting that tinnitus can be caused by sensitivity to certain foods. It’s important to note, however, that there is no food proven to cause tinnitus. While a certain food may trigger the condition for one person, it might help alleviate the condition for another.
Keep a food diary
If you suspect that your tinnitus may be diet-related, the best way to find out once and for all is to keep a food diary. Keep notes of what you are eating and when you think you’ve found the culprit, cut it out. The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) recommends not consuming the food for a period of seven days3.
From there, reintroduce the food, then repeat. This is important as tinnitus can fluctuate, so it’s important to figure out whether that food really is the problem. If you can see a consistent pattern emerging as a result of this experiment, you can safely determine that the pinpointed food is the source of your tinnitus.
It’s important to recognise that tinnitus can often be a symptom of an overall hearing problem. Because of this, people living with tinnitus should get regular hearing tests and avoid extremely loud environments.
If you or someone you know suffers from tinnitus, you can click here to request a no cost* hearing check or call your local AudioClinic on 1800 646 168.
1Healthy Hearing, How many people have tinnitus? Accessed January 2016.
2Better Health Channel, Tinnitus. Accessed January 2016.
3British Tinnitus Association, Drugs, Food and Drink. Accessed January 2016.