Acid Reflux and Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Support' started by click, Oct 27, 2012.

    1. erik
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      erik Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012 or earlier?
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      Great post Lady Di. It is interesting that there very well might be a correlation between anxiety and stress, emotions and T. These things can manifest itself into so many physical symptoms--everything from reflux to heart attacks to TMJ to migraines to tinnitus and a whole host of issues. Anxiety, panic, depression, emotions all seem to be a common symptom with many of these issues either indirectly or directly.
       
    2. Mooremaster

      Mooremaster Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10-1-15
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Not sure if anyone can help me. I now have t after taking acid blockers but now when I stop taking them it intensifies my t big time. Gets louder and hearing is really sensitive. Any noises that are a little loud are almost unbearable. Can barely have a normal conversation without cringing my teeth. But when I start taking acid blockers again the sensitivity goes away and the ringing quiets down a bit. I was diagnosed with silent reflux. LPR I think is what it's called. Please. Any advice would help. I been taking nexum for about 5 months now. Don't want to keep taking it but I feel like I need to. Been off nexum for about 5 days. Symptoms are at is high now.
       
    3. MaryK

      MaryK Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      March '17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure, head trauma 1.5 years ago
      A lot of time has passed since your post. Have you found relief? My T is new and I'm thinking it might be caused by acid reflux.
      For anyone who thinks their T is related to acid reflux, does the the finger drumming method work for you. Also I have an electric toothbrush and it gives me some relief. By any chance do you have one and do you notice the same?

      Thanks!
      Mary
       
    4. melbournejeremy
      Wtf

      melbournejeremy Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/12/17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I think there is no question that GERD/LPR can cause acid to flow up into the Eustachian tube and into the inner ear causing damage and infection in the cochlea and other structures and ultimately hearing loss, especially if you have a dysfunctional Eustachian tube to begin with - then eventually Tinnitus/somatic etc. Most people would have no idea that small amounts of stomach acid is making it's way into the inner ear. I would say eating before bed or laying down after a meal as many people do is something that should be avoided. Going on PPI can help the stomach sphincter recover and allow the inflammation in the throat/neck/ear to subside. The fullness many people complain about in their ears when they wake up may well in some situations be a result of GERD/LPR. Apart from the T aspect general inflammation of the esophagus can cause certain types of cancer like SCC from long term irritation. Just my two cents on the topic.
       
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    5. rexington

      rexington Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      mold and mold mycotoxin sickness due to exposure for 4 years
      I was living in a mold infested cottage for 4 years before onset of symptoms which included bad tinnitus which led to medical testing to confirm mycotoxins in my body from black mold. After moving out had to seek alternative methods of natural healing and detoxing out the poisons inside me from toxic mold. 4 years later present day I am in better health then before mold sickness but tinnitus has never gone away, just subdues for awhile then erupts for a period. I have drawn a conclusion that perhaps I was drinking too much apple cider vinegar which was part of the protocol to cleanse the body and doing so has led to acid reflux reaching my ears which could be the cause of my T flair ups. My Chinese medicine doctor all along keeps telling me I had acid reflux by looking in my mouth. I couldn't figure out how or why because my diet was impeccable. I have realized now that I make mistakes, eating too late and close to bedtime foods that are healthy but high in apple cider vinegar, and drinking over 4 tablespoons a day of ACV during cold and flu season. My ears feel congested and crack and pop when I blow my nose, a CT scan of sinuses shows no abnormalities so far. After netti pot my ears feel like fluids have been loosened but not enough to completely clear or drain. So my recent T flair up as I'm writing could be due to all the Apple cider vinegar I've ingested to help keep flu away AND I was also under the assumption it could reduce acid reflux. I have stopped ACV past 2 days and using baking soda water mixture to level off acid build up. I now think I need an MRI to detect fluids in ear or get a fluid sample tested by my ENT ? I do physically know when I am feeling acid reflux and just so happens it's coinciding with a T flair up. My T is very high pitches in both ears but heavier on my left ear coincidentally I only sleep on my left side and back and I have read that if you favor a side of sleep that can lead to that E tube getting a higher dose of stomach acid. So here I am trying to figure out if excess stomach acid is getting into my ears and causing my Tinnitus ….
       
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    6. Dan.L

      Dan.L Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear Infection
      Made some changes to the sheet. I would be nice to see people add the things that helps calm it the most. That way we would have a list of things to try that correlate with the reason of the onset. That way people are not trying things that doesn't apply to their "type" of tinnitus.
       
    7. Blodorn
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      Blodorn Member

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably Acoustic Trauma
      Well. This thread makes me wonder.

      Before my tinnitus, I swallowed food and it got stuck in my oesophagian for 12h (or at least the feeling was here for 12h). My throat hurt for weeks. Maybe a scratch. Since that day, I'm a bit phagophobic and when I eat, my stomach burns. Anxiety I guess.

      2 weeks after this incident and without eating any solid food, tinnitus appeared.

      So the thing is; When my stomach gurgle or hurts me because of the hunger, my right ear gurgles as well (yeah I know, wtf). Like a bubble noise inside my ear. This noise never appeared when my stomach was quiet. This is a unique noise totally different from my usual tinnitus. And never had any bubble noise in my ear before my tinnitus, even after my incident.

      Maybe there is a correlation between my reflux and my tinnitus?
      Interesting o_O
       
    8. Rb86

      Rb86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/31/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      I've had reflux for years. Ive taken various drugs for it, but mostly just OTC stuff like ranitidine.

      I don't draw any correlation to tinnitus. I've had reflux for likely 10 years and tinnitus about 6 weeks.

      I've been eating healthier and actually stopped my reflux pills for 4 days and have not noticed any spike in that regard.

      I think reflux needs to be managed through diet, weight, eating habits etc, but I don't see a causation.
       
    9. Lane

      Lane Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxic Drug
      @Blodorn -- Sounds like your experiences are stemming from your vagus nerve. The VN is the main cranial nerve that exits the brainstem, goes through the heart, gut, etc., and traverses the entire length of the torso, ending in the colon. But it branches out to other areas along that whole route as well, such as the liver, and other organs.

      One of those branches is the "auricular branch of the vagus nerve". The VN is the same major nerve that passes through the stomach AND the ears, so in a sense, they're in constant communication. I've noticed that when my tinnitus gets louder, it can cause me nausea, and sometimes even a sense of being on the verge of vomiting. Others on this forum have mentioned they sometimes vomit when tinnitus becomes unbearable.

      BTW, sometimes acid reflux actually has its orgins in the gallbladder. Sometimes a good regimen for cleaning out the gall bladder can clear it up. They're lots of GB cleanses that are described online, but I prefer a lifestyle that sort of naturally keeps the gallbladder in good shape. -- My best guess 90%+ of all gallbladder surgeries could be avoided.
       
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    10. Greg Sacramento

      Greg Sacramento Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      syringing and now somatic T dental work
      Perfect at @Lane. Another possible association is vein and artery hypertension from anxiety that can cause non type tinnitus sounds within the ears.
       
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