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

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    1. Joseph Sullivan

      Joseph Sullivan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown

      Hey Ben, any update?
       
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    2. Ben Winders
      Pensive

      Ben Winders Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      The update would be that I haven't stopped eating 8 bananas per day, like I said I would.

      Yesterday had my first loud fleeting tinnitus episode (started by vacuum cleaner) since I started going bananacrazy.

      Keep in mind: I used to have very frequent bouts of fleeting tinnitus multiple times a day. That subsided when I started eating bananas. So quite disappointed that it came back yesterday, of course. But I'm trying to keep my cool and not get anxious too much.

      So far my days go by without too much worry about tinnitus, which is already a big change. Again, main reason = Deanxit. Bananas MAY contribute.

      Soon I'll have to stop taking Deanxit... I'm already bracing myself for impact.
       
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    3. AliasM
      Depressed

      AliasM Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Botched lumbar puncture, CSF leak
      My appetite is so low I couldn't get through 8 bananas per day. I might be able to manage 2. Not sure if it would help.
       
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    4. morgothaod

      morgothaod Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Do you poop several times a day?
       
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    5. Ben Winders
      Pensive

      Ben Winders Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      Nope - that's all normal, but thanks for asking - I do pee more than usual because of the higher liquid intake (shakes).
       
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    6. Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      When will you quit Deanxit or taper to see if this lasts?
       
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    7. Ben Winders
      Pensive

      Ben Winders Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      In 1 week I'll start tapering (I'm still eating 6 to 8 bananas per day).
       
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    8. Bradleytech386

      Bradleytech386 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Concrete saw
      Im actually interested how this will work. I have severe tinnitus for 2 years from acoustic trauma so i wonder if i can see any benefit at all
       
    9. twa
      Busy

      twa Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017- mild /Sept. 2020-moderate
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      meds/acoustic trauma
      It would be interesting to get a vitamin panel done after your banana diet. I bet your Potassium levels are off the charts! :-D
       
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    10. Robster
      Irritated

      Robster Member

      Location:
      South Gloucestershire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma - MRI
      Are you still doing the Banana regime? If so, has it had any effect?
       
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    11. Ben Winders
      Pensive

      Ben Winders Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      Lately I have been having fleeting tinnitus episodes (2 a day in both ears)... I have absolutely NO clue why they started now (after having chronic tinnitus for 1 year).

      Let's just say I've come to a point where I'm teaching my brain to believe in fairy tales.

      The fairy tale being here: fleeting tinnitus is just the brain trying to repair itself (as has been said here on a few occasions)... after a year that seems weird of course... but what else am I supposed to do, re-introduce panic mode?

      Also, yes, I'm still starting every day with 5 bananas in a shake (that's my breakfast) - it keeps me filled until 1 pm > light snack > 6 pm dinner.
       
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    12. kingsfan
      Haunting

      kingsfan Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Coolifornia
      Tinnitus Since:
      9-17-20 / 10-20-20 / 3-31-21 / 5-23-21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      turning everything up to 11
      I just came back here to let you all know I hate bananas now.
       
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    13. Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      So was it the bananas?
       
    14. kingsfan
      Haunting

      kingsfan Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Coolifornia
      Tinnitus Since:
      9-17-20 / 10-20-20 / 3-31-21 / 5-23-21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      turning everything up to 11
      Too many bananas. I also learned recently that bananas are a berry and blackberries and raspberries are not.
       
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    15. Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      Updates?
       
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    16. Ben Winders
      Pensive

      Ben Winders Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      My tinnitus is still the most quiet it has ever been since onset 12 months ago. My tinnitus is still reactive with some sort of schhhhhhhhh on top of radio / music and right now, as I m sitting in a quiet room with only the ventilation system running very much in the background my tinnitus is a very low volume (in my experience) tv static. The static does have a high end that is more like a soft eeeee than a schhhhh, but well, to be honest I'm not even sure what loudness my tinnitus is at, compared to others here.

      Tl;dr: on the bananas: I still contribute most of the heavy lifting to Deanxit. I can't wait to quiet Deanxit (because I can't take it forever).

      I truly don't know if the bananas are contributing, but I kept on doing a banana shake for breakfast because I like it / makes me lose corona weight / maybe it helps tinnitus, who knows.

      The real test would be if I quit bananas, but I'm not planning to, for now.
       
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    17. grate_biff
      In pain

      grate_biff Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Moss, Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma using headphones
      The one ingredient in Deanxit, Flupentixol would make my tinnitus go away completely if I took it at 2 mg three days in a row. When I woke up the fourth day, it would be gone. It was magic. I've done it several times and it worked like clockwork.

      Then of course I tried to take it regularly since it had such effect, but then like many other meds it did not work in the long run. A slight change for the better perhaps. I took it for about a year also to aid benzo withdrawal.

      It can be a bitch to get off, so make sure you taper.
       
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    18. Ben Winders
      Pensive

      Ben Winders Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      Nobody has told me yet what it will be like to get off of it. Depression? Tremors? My hair will turn blue?
       
    19. JezTnH

      JezTnH Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure?
      Any improvement?
       
    20. Aaron91
      Gloomy

      Aaron91 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      2007
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/headphones/concerts - Hyperacusis from motorbike
      I wasn't able to commit to that many numbers, so unfortunately not.
       
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    21. Zugzug

      Zugzug Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Autoimmune hyperacusis from Sjogren's Syndrome
      This thread makes me feel bananas.

      Seriously though, to add, I have recently changed out table salt for NuSalt (potassium chloride). It doesn't make or break my problem, but there's definitely an average difference when I eat a ton of salt vs minimal salt and potassium.

      If you try this, be careful and do the math on daily allowances.
       
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    22. Christine2222

      Christine2222 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      forever
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      Does this help your hyperacusis? How much do you reduce your salt intake to see an improvement?
       
    23. BuzzyBee
      Bookworm

      BuzzyBee Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not Sure
      If you are going to eat 800 calories a day worth of bananas, you might as well turn them into banana "ice cream" by freezing them and putting them in the food processor. It's good stuff. Maybe swirl in some peanut butter.

      Seriously, there's probably something to the Potassium, but wouldn't it be easier to just take a Potassium supplement or drink some water mixed with cream of tartar? Cream of tartar has about 500 mg Potassium per teaspoon.
       
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    24. Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      Or better yet get a drug / supplement which activates Potassium receptors instead of relying on brute forcing concentration.
       
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    25. Tinker Bell

      Tinker Bell Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL from virus
      I cannot help thinking of how bananas are a natural source of radiation. At 56 bananas a week, you would be getting the equivalent radiation level of one dental X-ray each week.
       
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    26. GBB

      GBB Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-2019 (Mild, Cured) 8/2020 (Severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus / Microsuction / Acoustic Trauma
      Just supplement Potassium?
       
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    27. Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      Bananas are literally cheaper.
       
    28. GBB

      GBB Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-2019 (Mild, Cured) 8/2020 (Severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus / Microsuction / Acoustic Trauma
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    29. Zugzug

      Zugzug Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Autoimmune hyperacusis from Sjogren's Syndrome
      Not really. It doesn't really do that much. I think a lot more of it is the change from salt to potassium. I love salt so this change allows me to enjoy food approximately the same (it is a little less appealing than salt), but with benefits.
       
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    30. FGG
      No Mood

      FGG Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multi-factorial
      If it's not the added potassium that helps and rather the low salt diet, Benson's salt substitute tastes a lot better than potassium chloride (which is really bitter to me).
       
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