Tinnitus Down to 1/10 — Eating 8 Bananas a Day

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    1. DavidTyl

      DavidTyl Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure
      Ok so this is something I thought I would never experience again in my life. My tinnitus is now barely audible and when I plug my ears it is like a distant faint murmur in the background. I still can't quite believe it.

      Basically as the title says, eating 8 bananas a day seems to have got me to this point.

      The reason how I found this out was by pure accident. You know when you have a bunch of bananas sitting there and they go all spotty and you know very soon they will turn to mush and most of the time you don't eat them and throw them out?

      Well, this was a day for me on 6th February. Instead of throwing them away, I decided to eat them up that day. As I got to the end of the day I was sitting down and realized that my tinnitus was ever so slightly lower in volume than usual. I thought maybe I am relaxed as it was the weekend, and then it clicked what I had done differently that day and like a lightbulb going off I thought to myself "no way, this fruit can't be can it?".

      So the next day I went out and brought the same bananas (pack of 8) and made sure they were that spotty looking type of large bananas and organic, which I always try to buy. Over the course of that day I did the same thing, only I staggered the eating of them so I had 2 every 3 hours. So 2 bananas at 9am, 2 bananas at 12pm etc. Again, the tinnitus stayed at the same level. I did the same thing again on day 3 and this time the tinnitus had dropped again slightly lower by the evening. I was in shock.

      I am currently on day 15 and as I am writing this I am in near practical silence. The irony is I don't even like bananas that much but I am eating them now with a huge smile on my face. I have not changed anything else in my diet so I can only imagine this has been the thing doing it for me. My tinnitus before this was reactive, intrusive, constantly changing tones, beeps and zaps. I still can't believe it.

      I looked up why these may be working and apart from the obvious vitamins in them I have no idea why but I am not complaining one bit. I will keep this going and update if anything changes, positive or negative. Just thought I had to share this!

      David
       
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    2. GBB

      GBB Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-2019 (Mild, Cured) 8/2020 (Severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Additional Acoustic Trauma in Close Proximity
      I wonder if supplementing potassium would give you similar results. I've heard it linked to the production of aldosterone which is protective of hearing.
       
    3. Bevann

      Bevann Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      November 27,2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      That’s awesome! How long have you had tinnitus?
       
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    4. Matchbox

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      I tried Potassium and got a lot of thumps but less ringing so trading one for another.
       
    5. Lane

      Lane Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Single 25 mg. Dose of (Anticholinergic) Drug Promethazine
      Hi @DavidTyl -- Congratulations on your major improvements, and thank you for sharing! My first thought was it was the high levels of potassium in bananas, but it could be other factors as well. I myself recently noticed a modest decrease in my tinnitus from drinking Pau D'Arco tea. I'd been running into articles on how it's so good for so many things, I thought I'd order some. Never thought it might decrease my tinnitus intensity. Below is the Amazon link where I ordered mine.

      Pau D'Arco ALL-NATURAL HERBAL TEA 200 Bags 1 LB (Tabebuia Impetiginosa) (inner bark) - Approximately 200 Individual Tea Bags Bulk (16 oz) Caffeine Free
       
    6. GBB

      GBB Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-2019 (Mild, Cured) 8/2020 (Severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Additional Acoustic Trauma in Close Proximity
      How much did you take if you don't mind me asking?
       
    7. GBB

      GBB Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-2019 (Mild, Cured) 8/2020 (Severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Additional Acoustic Trauma in Close Proximity
      Lol I just ordered this tea and Potassium pills. I'll try anything.
       
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    8. T Toledo OH

      T Toledo OH Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2/26/20
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Likely loud noise and earbuds
      Please keep us posted how long this keeps working.
       
    9. lightning
      Amused

      lightning Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Severe tinnitus since Dec 30 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure
      OP obviously just wants to see if he can get us all to live purely off of bananas.

      My bet is he can.
       
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    10. Rb86

      Rb86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/31/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      I'm trying it. Worst case I shit my pants.
       
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    11. Aaron91
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      Aaron91 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      2007
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/headphones/concerts - Hyperacusis from motorbike
      I’m going to try this for hyperacusis. Will report back.
       
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    12. Lane

      Lane Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Single 25 mg. Dose of (Anticholinergic) Drug Promethazine
      @GBB -- It's a 1 lb. 200 tea bag order, which is a lot; I hope you like it! I often mix it with other teas to get a variety of tastes, but it tastes pretty decent all by itself. It almost has a slight cinnamon taste to it, and I actually upped the taste by adding a little cinnamon. Just a little suggestion if you're up for experimenting. -- Or you could blend it up with uh, er, bananas, or something like that. ;)
       
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    13. GBB

      GBB Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-2019 (Mild, Cured) 8/2020 (Severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Additional Acoustic Trauma in Close Proximity
      I'll like it if it even marginally reduces my tinnitus. Thanks.
       
    14. Matchbox

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      @GBB, crazy enough, the supplement isn't a lot, there's more in a Banana (350mg) so I'd figure bananas help (they do seem to help the ringing).

      More potassium concentration = higher leakage across cell = hyperpolarization to a point. It can also stop your heart.
       
    15. GBB

      GBB Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-2019 (Mild, Cured) 8/2020 (Severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Additional Acoustic Trauma in Close Proximity
      Ya I see the pills I got are about 100mg and a banana is multiple times that. I'm told that's because potassium becomes fatal at a high enough level so they make the pills small.
       
    16. Danny B
      Dreaming

      Danny B Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear syringing
      Honestly, that's hilarious. Did you ever think you'd say the sentence "Basically, eating 8 bananas a day seems to have got me to this point" with dead seriousness?

      Extremely happy for you, savor that feeling for all of us! We'll get there some day!
       
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    17. Keith Handy
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      Keith Handy Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress + sleep deprivation + noise
      So can you die from bananas then?
       
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    18. Keith Handy
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      Keith Handy Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress + sleep deprivation + noise
      @DavidTyl - what is the rest of your diet like?
       
    19. GBB

      GBB Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-2019 (Mild, Cured) 8/2020 (Severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Additional Acoustic Trauma in Close Proximity
      Technically yes but you would probably get full before that happened. If you have pure potassium though which is a fraction of the mass/volume, you can see how someone dumb might OD. Case in point, there are plenty of cases of people ordering caffeine powder, ignoring the dosage on the container, and dying due to just eating a tablespoon, which is the equivalent of like 100 cups of coffee.
       
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    20. Johan001

      Johan001 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Medication
      I'm trying this now as well. I will report back in a week.
       
    21. kingsfan
      Mellow

      kingsfan Member

      Location:
      Southern California
      Tinnitus Since:
      mild for years. severe on 09/17/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      turning everything up to 11
      Eating a banana as we speak.
       
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    22. iGL0CK
      Thinking

      iGL0CK Member

      Location:
      Poland
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma (punk rock show)
      Hm, when I ate a lot of bananas (2 a day, almost everyday) my tinnitus was quieter too...

      Maybe it's a coincidence, but I would try eating more of these again.

      Be careful guys if you have diabetes, bananas have a lot of fructose! 8 bananas a day is about 100 g of sugar (teaspoon is 5 g).
       
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    23. Fields
      Busy

      Fields Member

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise trauma
      Well, bananas are cheap and plentiful here. I already eat 2 per day, why not add 6 more :rockingbanana:

      I'll report back in a week or so.
       
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      DavidTyl

      DavidTyl Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure
      Hi Keith, my diet is pretty average. I try to eat well but like us all, I have microwave meals and enjoy my pizzas/burgers. I try to eat my fruits/veggies but with the fruits I found a lot of the times I would buy them with good intention but then not eating them, hence this discovery. Hope all is well for you.
       
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    25. dd314

      dd314 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise, antibiotics, anxiety/stress
      What was your tinnitus like before eating the bananas?
       
    26. T Toledo OH

      T Toledo OH Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2/26/20
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Likely loud noise and earbuds
      So you have been eating 8 bananas a day since February 6th?
       
    27. Keith Handy
      Worried

      Keith Handy Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress + sleep deprivation + noise
      He hasn't answered this yet but he appears to only have been on the forum for about five weeks. So he might just be lucky and recovering well.
       
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    28. Lane

      Lane Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Single 25 mg. Dose of (Anticholinergic) Drug Promethazine
      Alert: -- I told my wife about this thread, and the first thing she said is that bananas can cause constipation! o_O
       
    29. Greg Sacramento

      Greg Sacramento Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      syringing and now somatic T dental work
      @DavidTyl You mention that your tinnitus before this was reactive, intrusive, constantly changing tones, beeps and zaps. Now - near practical silence 1/10 after having tinnitus for over three years. What number do you think your tinnitus was before starting to eat bananas?

      There's studies of tinnitus participants who eat bananas, maintained the optimum level of potassium to preserve hearing. These studies also stated that eating bananas did not lower tinnitus hearing loss tinnitus. I recommended eating potatoes before because studies have discussed that potassium and magnesium may help preserve hearing in a controlled environment. Magnesium may also help a bit or temporary with somatic physical tinnitus. Bananas do contain some magnesium.

      STUDY: Bananas may protect against hearing loss, new research shows – TFNet – International Tropical Fruits Network (itfnet.org)
       
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      DavidTyl

      DavidTyl Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure
      Hi Toledo, I can certainly say a big yes to this! Staying hydrated I have found helps with the intake of them a lot and also doing some light moving throughout the day to keep the calories burning. I have said to myself, what would I prefer, problematic tinnitus or something the same everyday that seems to eliminate it? There is no choice really in my eyes! Also for now, if it ain't broke I ain't fixing it! Maybe in the near future I will experiment with banana smoothies and even banana cake just to mix it all up.
       
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