Hey everyone, My name is Eric and I am 24. For months I had what I (and 2 doctors) believe was noise induced tinnitus, as I played in a very active rock band for a year prior. It woke me up suddenly one day, and did not subside. It drove me to complete and utter ruin, and I spent a large portion of several months reading online testimonies of people who had theirs for years, which naturally added fuel to the fire of my grief. I ruminated on it constantly, read dozens of theories on how to fix it, and saw 2 doctors from a rather prestigious and high ranking healthcare system. Each time I left the appointment with a mere packet labelled "tinnitus", and a profound conviction that they knew nothing about what they were talking about. They said to get reacclimated with the sounds of the world, and that maybe it would go away, and maybe it wouldn't. The "solutions" I stumbled upon online included "retraining therapy", "masking", and all the other half-baked crap that I'm sure you people are all too familiar with. Being the stubborn person that I am, none of this sufficed. "Learning to live with it" was not something that I was interested in in the slightest. I soon concluded that conventional clinical doctors don't know anything about the ears, in spite of what they tell you. So I figured I would learn myself. I began scouring clinical research studies on pubmed every night and tried to cobble together some type of real knowledge. As it turns out, animal studies are typically several decades ahead of clinical practice. Prevailing conventional medicine says the mammalian auditory system DOES NOT regenerate. There was, however, research that had shown that birds and other animals do. There was also a Harvard study which found that drug induced inhibition of the Notch signaling pathway was able to regenerate hair cells in an adult mouse post noise overexposure. There were also studies in which soldiers who were exposed to acoustic trauma in Iraq were treated with antioxidants like Coenzyme Q10 and thus the damage was mitigated. In addition, there was a study which found curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, inhibited Notch signaling... Now already, I could see that "conventional medical ideology" was a bit questionable. I had no biochemical background before this, but I absolutely had a burning desire to fix the problem at the root of the cause, which was quite likely the auditory cells. Loud noise exposure leads to oxidation of these cells, which kills them if extreme enough, which may then cause the eternal ringing that we all know and love. Eventually I stumbled upon a TED talk by a doctor named Terry Wahls. This was a woman who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001 and entered the progressive stage a bit later. For those who are not familiar, MS is categorized as an incurable autoimmune disease, which leads to an alleged irreversible decline of the central nervous system. Long story short, she was at one point using a wheelchair succumbing to an “incurable” disease of the central nervous system, but now bikes marathons. But here’s the clincher- prevailing medicine also states that the central nervous system DOES NOT regenerate…. Dr. Wahls was able to not only stop the degradation of neurons of the central nervous system, but reverse it significantly. She was able to do this through drastic overhaul of her diet in favor of one that was essentially paleo. Think LOTS of fruits and vegetables, fish, fats in their natural form, no sugar, etc. Assuming her account is true (and there is sufficient reason to believe it is), this necessarily tells us that there ARE in fact repair mechanisms within the body that can repair the central nervous system, and the way to tap into them is by eating what we as homo sapiens are supposed to eat, and not the vitamin deprived crap that we all eat today. It actually makes perfect sense when you think about it. I applied these principles to my own case. I stopped drinking alcohol, stopped eating sugar, and went all in with a ton of greens, vegetables, salmon, fatty acids, etc. Today I have no tinnitus. I haven’t “habituated”, it’s just gone. Was it coincidence? I’m not sure anyone can argue either way with 100% certainty. My tinnitus was relatively mild, but it was nonetheless persistent and grief inducing. I had it for 4.5 months, and shortly after adopting the dietary change, it faded precipitously and ceased. If it was a coincidence, it sure as hell didn’t seem like one. As I understand it, eating paleo foods (with an emphasis on a variety of colors and species of vegetation) is enough to alter our gut flora enough to activate metabolic pathways and gene expression that are otherwise silenced in the absence of the materials needed. My case for this repairing the auditory system is speculative, but bear in mind how different our modern diets are from our ancestors, and the fact that we evolved for hundreds of thousands of years on THAT stuff, not the corporate atrocities we buy in grocery stores today engineered solely with profit in mind. Meanwhile, keep in mind that pharmaceutical companies dictate the curriculum of what doctors learn in med school. This is partially why doctors are so quick to write a prescription for some mysterious drug concoction that typically only ever yields so-so results, all the while draining your bank account as you wait in vain for the solution on the horizon that is perpetually out of reach. The doctor doesn’t know any better. The answer is nutrition, ladies and gentlemen. I’d bet money on it. I didn't include links for anything that I mentioned, but the TED talk and the pubmed articles should be easy enough to find with a google search or two.