My Success Story! (Cut Out the Coffee)

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by JimF, Apr 6, 2016.

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    1. JimF

      JimF Member

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      My success story!

      Suffered for 10+ years. Like most everyone else, tried everything imaginable and unimaginable for relief with no profound permanent outcome.

      Tried the masking noises, hypnosis, sound therapy, herbal medicine, etc Some had very minor short term relief at best. Even talked with a doctor, said not much can be done. Really?

      Tried to find a source of the problem with no luck.

      After several more years of suffering. kind of learned to live with it. Until my dentist noticed that I grind teeth at night, she suggested do I have tinnitus? Wow, that was an enormous insight, like as a heavy weight removed from my shoulders. Could this really be related? Finally, a source of the symptoms had been located.

      Did the research of Bruxism, TMJ and how tinnitus fits into the picture, finding out that the sleep disorders had contributed to it. Came down to couple of simple diet factors.

      Cut out a half of sodium, sugar and especially caffeine intake. Now I sleep so much better, reduced the Bruxism and TMJ issues down to almost zero.

      Thou, can not say the tinnitus has completely gone away. Let’s say the issue is like 90% gone.

      Typically can go 3 to 4 days of complete clear hearing, then may slightly creep in for a day or two then cycle back down to zero. Nevertheless, this is a huge step into a very positive result.

      Made a lot of sense by looking at diet. Foods that are loaded with the caffeine, sugar and sodium are stressing the body to a point that something's not right. A cause and effect cycle. The reaction with me was the result of TMJ and a terrible night’s sleep, then eventually tinnitus kicked in.

      Never thought that I was a ‘heavy’ coffee drinker, typically 2 to 3 cups only in the morning. Soon as I stopped the caffeine, things instantly changed, like if a switch clicked in my head. That alone was a huge result.

      Been doing this for 2 months now, and no major issues came about with tinnitus.

      So, hopefully this may help out others who are in the same situation.

      Thanks for reading.
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    2. JohnnyMx

      JohnnyMx Member

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      The best for you, it looks like not only your T is improving, but your overall health wich is amazing.

      Related with the TMJ, do you know what frequency your T is (was), or an example of the type of your sound. That could help alot to people trying to figure out if TMJ is the cause of their problem.

    3. Kotve

      Kotve Member

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      For me it is the opposite when it comes to coffee. I always had the feeling when i drink coffee it helps my T. But i pehaps that's just me.
    4. Bstew

      Bstew Member

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      I am wondering if there may be something else in the coffee besides caffeine affecting the T. I just drank a really bad cup of decaf Keurig coffee and in 5 minutes my left ear began to ring pretty loudly with a strange sensation to the left side of my head. Sometimes sugar does the same thing but none of it is consistent. It may be because I had an empty stomach or it reacted with something I ate earlier. Spinach salad with pecans and 3 glasses of tea.
    5. canisaz

      canisaz Member

      Ah Jim, any news? How are you doing these days?
    6. Iwan K

      Iwan K Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      15 March
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      anxiety ?
      I can relate my symptoms to the same problem. I am attending this highly competitive busienss school and in order to constantly perform top I was abusing red bulls, to the point at which I was drinking 5-6 per day. Plus chooclates etc.

      I started having sleeping disturbances. Out of nothing I will just wake up completely randomly just 2 hours after falling a sleep, I would be with racing heart and would have troubles falling a sleep, just to have to wake up 3 hours later for classes. Tinnitus and Visual Snow kicked in soon after. My Tinnitus is mild, I mean, 2 at most , moslty when I wake up and when trying to fall asleep I notice it, during the course of the day I do not notice it and does not bother me and I cannot say I had a single night in which I was prevented from falling a sleep. At some nights I have problems but not to the point at which I cannot actually sleep.

      Nevertheless, the sleeping disturbances and the exorbitant amount of energy drinks can be contributed to the problem. I don;t have a noice damage, I mean, I never really was a music fan, never went to a concert.. so it must have been sth else.
    7. volsung37

      volsung37 Member Benefactor

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      The only things that affect my T are sugar and spicy food. They spike it a bit but going off them only returns me to my baseline which is pretty loud anyway. Life with T is so shit anyway I'm coming round to thinking why not just enjoy the coffee and spicy food. F@#$ the spike
    8. Aryslan

      Aryslan Member

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, but guess its bruxism and Glue Ear
      Yea im also a bruxism, and must say a champion at it, and my right TMJ (right ear T) does a click when i open my mouth to a certain point. Bought a night guard to stop grinding teeth and have an appointment with my dentist to work this issue. Hope it helps me too. By the way glad you are having it controlled, way to go!!
    9. Thomt

      Thomt Member

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise? unknown.
      Jim, I have the exact problem. I grind my teeth at night and drink coffee in the morning. I only have maybe 2 cups in the morning so I didn't think it would be any problem. I guess it is. I"ll cut it out and reduce the salt too. I have high blood pressure so no salt will help that too. I'm going to start using my mouth piece again to save my teeth.
      This gives me some hope!
    10. MikeP505

      MikeP505 Member Benefactor

      Ontario Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Punishment for being so darn good looking!
      I Googled Caffeine and Tinnitus, and came to this article. Here is a small snip-it from it. Totally goes against what you guys are saying about caffeine but hey....... what would I know?

      >>Coffee can cut risk of getting tinnitus: Caffeine may have a protective effect against constant ringing in the ears. It is a problem that affects some five million Britons. But tinnitus – or at least the risk of developing it – could be tackled by drinking three or more coffees a day.
    11. ACG

      ACG Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 10, 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure, but it started after an ear canal infection.
      I've mentioned it before, but caffeine helps curb my T. What spikes it is sugar. I love sugar, but over the past week have been cutting down and have noticed a slight reduction in the T.
    12. Emmi

      Emmi Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure
      @ACG & @Kotve

      I also feel like my T is reduced after drinking coffee.. can you come up with an explanation why this is the case?
    13. John Meyers

      John Meyers Member

      Chicago, IL
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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      AC/DC Concert
      Salt, sugar, and coffee spike my T, however, when I am hungry or don't eat a snack, my T spikes.

      I am going to go off coffee and salt for a week and see what happens. -- I cut down sugar a lot on the last year which has helped with my mood swings but not with T.

      Sounds like (pun intended) I need to cut out the other two as well. :)
    14. JSalvatore

      JSalvatore Member

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      Both of my ears click when I open my jaw. Was told I had a Mandibular disfunction (probably because of many punches playing basketball, lost a couple of teeth too). My TMJ specialist gave me a night guard but in 1 month no improvements so far, will have to wait a little longer. How is yours going? Hope you are ok

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