Tinnitus Food & Drink

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A lot of people say that some food types make their tinnitus worse. An equal amount of people say the opposite. To clarify, what is the truth here?

Firstly, this is a typical list of foods to avoid:

  • Salt
  • Chips
  • Sweets
  • Fatty Meat
  • Processed Cheese and Meat
  • Fast Food
  • Chocolate
  • Canned foods

Secondly, the typical list of foods to eat:

  • Pineapple
  • Bananas
  • Other fruit
  • Vitamins B12, A, B6, B1 Biotin
  • Garlic
  • Watermelon
  • Zinc
  • Kiwis


Additionally, there are lists of drinks that claim to do the same.

Drinks to avoid:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Red Wine

Drinks to try:

  • Tea with Ginger

Likewise, there are many habits you can adopt that have similar claims. To clarify though, these claims have no major evidence to support them…

What should you do?

Above all you should do what suits you. Tinnitus is so personal there is no guarantee that any of these things will make a difference. Similarly, thinking about these issue can make you focus on your condition. This can make you feel it’s getting worse.

But what you can do is try adding and removing some of these things from your routine. Most importantly you should keep a record of any changes you make. So you make a note of what you add or remove and when. Subsequently, if you notice any change, you will be able to see from your notes what made that change.

After that you also need to add back what you removed so you can confirm that it made the difference. During this process you also need to make sure that you don’t change other parts of your normal routine.

In conclusion there are NO definite answers here. However, one of these things might make a difference to you.

Tinnitus is something that affects many veterans. Whilst diet might help you, modern hearing aids can also be used to help. If you have issues with tinnitus and hearing in general, apply to the veterans support fund with us now. You may well be eligible for financial aid for modern hearing equipment and therapies.

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