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

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by DavidTyl, Feb 21, 2021.

    1. AUTHOR
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      DavidTyl

      DavidTyl Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure
      Hi Greg, I have had tinnitus since 2017. It was not too bad initially, but in the last 9 months it has basically manifested into what I mentioned, changing tones, beeps etc. Everyday was different and I tried many things to change it to no avail. Before now, it was fluctuating between a 6-9/10 regularly. I am just glad I have to no longer mask sleeping and have heard silence again. I am still pinching myself somewhat.

      I hope you get there too my friend!
       
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      DavidTyl

      DavidTyl Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure
      Hi Lane, I was worried about this too. From reading it seems that unripe bananas cause this, not the ripe ones, and I am eating ripe ones thankfully. So far I have been ok.
       
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    3. Rb86

      Rb86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/31/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      He's had tinnitus since 2017 according to his profile.
       
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    4. morgothaod

      morgothaod Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Have you also been losing a lot of weight?
       
    5. Matchbox

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      500 mg.
      Certainly not 8 bananas worth (which is about 2.4 g potassium).
       
    6. Ben Winders
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      Ben Winders Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      I started on this too because: WHATEVER.
       
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    7. Zugzug

      Zugzug Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      FYI, coconut water is high in potassium (and sugar, though).
       
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    8. Ben Winders
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      Ben Winders Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      Just did my first day. 8 bananas is A LOT.

      I'll probably be buying milk (replacement because lactose intolerant) and mixing some of the bananas into a shake to make it less banana-y :D (I don't want to destroy the vitamins, fibers, nutrients though).
       
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    9. Matchbox

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      Just had 3 bananas, will have 3 later. Either this breaks my tinnitus or my toilet.
       
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    10. Marin
      Depressed

      Marin Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/18/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSNHL... probably previous noise exposure, too
      Avocados are high in Potassium, too. About 700 mg in a single avocado.
       
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    11. nocticolor
      Crappy

      nocticolor Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      So a win-win scenario!

      Just kidding :D
       
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    12. Matchbox

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      I was eating lots of them... and might've been getting better months ago. I switched from it a few months ago (expensive).

      So it might've actually been working.
       
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      DavidTyl

      DavidTyl Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure
      Hi Ben, you actually raise a good point here and I would like to add that I am in no way endorsing people to eat 8 bananas like me. If you wish to then that is also fine but as you know everybody has different tolerance levels etc.

      However, what I would say is if you are thinking of trying it, maybe start with a couple of bananas and work your way up to a point that you are comfortable. Maybe some people will reach some benefits at 3/4 bananas? Who knows.

      If it helps one person then that is a success in my eyes. Don't overdo it basically.

      Remember, I found this out by accident. Also think of those monkeys that may wake up in the trees and find their bunch of 8 bananas missing and having to say to themselves: "Damn, I was looking forward to those with my coffee and cigarette today". Ok, so maybe not the last part, but you get my drift :)
       
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    14. Philip83
      Jaded

      Philip83 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Moped (2001) Noise blast (2014) Club (2017) Snowboard (2018)
      Jumping on this too. Just got 30 bananas at the store. :rockingbanana:
       
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    15. Ben Winders
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      Ben Winders Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      I get what you are saying but I'm basically pretty much done with being cautious, especially when there is really no harm in trying the proposed banana-regime.

      Current state of my monkey brain:

      Man says his tinnitus is gone after 3 years by eating 8 bananas, I'm not asking questions. I'm eating 8 bananas.

      Man says his tinnitus is gone after 3 years by listening to his mother in law's nagging for 15 hours straight, I'm not asking questions. I call (corona) the mother in law.
       
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    16. 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
      I can't stomach ripe bananas. Only green for me.
       
    17. Lane

      Lane Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Single 25 mg. Dose of (Anticholinergic) Drug Promethazine
      @kingsfan -- Lots of health benefits from eating green bananas...

      Health Benefits of Green Bananas | Livestrong.com

      One benefit I'm aware of is improved gut health...

      Green Bananas For Gut Health
      There is also research on the benefits of green bananas for gut health. Much of the starch in green bananas is in the form of resistant starch. Resistant starch also functions as prebiotic fiber. It's a special type of starch that resists digestion in your stomach.

      Instead, it passes into your large intestine, where it serves as prebiotic "food" for the healthy probiotic bacteria that live in your colon. Eating more foods that are rich in prebiotic fiber can help your microbiome to thrive, and that can lead to better gut health.​
       
    18. Philip83
      Jaded

      Philip83 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Moped (2001) Noise blast (2014) Club (2017) Snowboard (2018)
      @DavidTyl, did you / do you have high blood pressure?
       
    19. Matchbox

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      I tried it. So far very little impact if any. Might try again on the weekend.
       
    20. Rb86

      Rb86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/31/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      I had 6 bananas in 24 hours. No effect on my tinnitus.
       
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    21. Fields
      Busy

      Fields Member

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise trauma
      6 days later, I can report it doesn't have any effect on my tinnitus. It was worth a try, though.
       
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    22. __nico__
      No Mood

      __nico__ Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2003
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      chemo/barotrauma/noise/autoimmune disorder
      Call me a wimp, I'm the exact opposite of a picky eater but to me bananas are literally one of the most disgusting foods on the planet. I couldn't even last through one banana without getting physically sick and wanting to throw up... Is this an allergy? I swear years ago, I loved bananas. Oh well...

      I will try this but with avocados instead. Those have a lot of potassium too.
       
    23. Matchbox

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      It may be placebo but things did seem quieter while on bananas / potassium for two days. The tinnitus is still there, just less intrusive.

      Very inconclusive still. Certainly not silence.
       
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    24. 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
      Why not get a Comprehensive Vitamin Panel and a Comprehensive Health Test Panel with CBC before thinking that potassium would be a sole key in lowering tinnitus which would be a very far shot.

      Up to 80% with tinnitus could use a little more Vitamin D, but magnesium taken 150 mg 3 times daily may make a difference.
       
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    25. Rb86

      Rb86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/31/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      I used to take all of that stuff daily. Never made a difference. I don't believe in supplements for tinnitus. But if it works for you, more power to you.
       
    26. twa
      Fine

      twa Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017- mild /Sept. 2020-moderate
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      meds/acoustic trauma
      I'm laughing out loud at your banana comments.

      Have a great day!
      twa :)
       
    27. Ben Winders
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      Ben Winders Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      Your kids/husband/family members must think you've completely lost it now, laughing at your computer :D

      Just remember - every second laughed is a second not thought about tinnitus :D
       
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    28. 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
      From what I said is much in agreement. Just saying to get a vitamin panel to see if one lacks any vitamins.

      Some researchers support the use of Glycinate magnesium for tinnitus 3 times a day - 1/3 tablet at a time. Also often mentioned is to take magnesium one hour before being in a possible noisy place, such as at the dentist.
       
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    29. Matchbox

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      I just had a blood test, everything was normal except sodium was still very high considering I'm on a diuretic (almost max of normal range).

      Free B12 was "higher" than normal range by 30%.

      Potassium supplements without bananas seem to help the thumping.
       
    30. Ben Winders
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      Ben Winders Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      7th day today, 52 bananas in (6x8 + 4 this morning already).

      Shop owner where I get the bananas is about to call animal protection because I'm sure he thinks I have an illegally obtained monkey in my house.

      I will do 4 more today and then stop for a while to compare.

      Keep in mind I'm also:
      1) on Deanxit, which I already declared to be a miracle drug (mostly anti anxiety > resulting in less tinnitus focus > resulting in less tinnitus; simple as that).
      2) following neurostimulation therapy at Brai3n institute in Belgium. I'm on my 10th session. This may also be having some effect.

      Since my onset 12 months ago, the last 4 weeks have been the best so far. There are even a couple of stretches of time during my day where I m not even thinking about my tinnitus, which did not happen before that. It was very much in the front of my head for the last 11 months.

      The banana overdose SEEMS to (very careful) have pushed it even further back. SEEMS to.

      I will need a longer period and as I said, a period without it to feel/see/hear the difference with and without bananas.

      That said - 8 bananas a day is A LOT. I've got bananas coming out my ears.

      Even how I'm doing them (I create lactose free milkshakes), it's 6 big full glasses of thick bananashake.
       
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