Unexpected Relief from Tinnitus by Cutting Gluten and Specific Food Additives

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by Charlie Childs, May 12, 2019.

    1. Charlie Childs

      Charlie Childs Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hi,

      I am glad I came across this site by accident so as to briefly share how I discovered what causes my tinnitus and therefore how to avoid it.

      At 48 years old I discovered I am celiac so I cut out gluten. Tinnitus continued - I had no reason to think it would go.

      Over the next few months, although a general big relief from giving up gluten and quite a reduction in the amount and strength of the tinnitus, a wide array of symptoms I was expecting to clear up from giving up gluten were not going.

      After taking careful notice of ingredients from the foods I was eating, I noticed that the tinnitus was adjusting in strength according to which food additives such as dextrose and yeast extract etc and also there were changes to the tinnitus strength which depended upon other things such as if I was consuming sugar in tea etc. I decided to accept the tinnitus as a guide to food additives that were no good for me. This was very useful but became very confusing so I then decided to cut out all food additives so as to work out which additives were causing which reactions. Over the next few days the tinnitus became very much weaker and over the next couple of weeks it has stopped.

      From there I was able to add them back in to my diet in tiny amounts individually at a time and check which were causing the tinnitus and other symptoms. Tinnitus was almost instant on consuming various additives and lasted different lengths of time depending on which additives and also if I had been consuming sugar.

      Also I noticed that different types of sugar such as brown or white / demerara or muscovado effected the strength of tinnitus. Coffee could also affect it.
      Although tinnitus would generally come on fairly instantly it could last for days for the tiniest additive consumed.

      It is 3 years later now and I generally live without gluten and any food additives and I am, unless I get caught out or make a mistake, tinnitus free. It has been a maddening process of elimination - tinnitus was by no means the worst of the symptoms I suffered but turned out to be a useful guide and still is the first clue to let me know that I have made a dietary mistake or something that is not based on additives such as pesticides etc on fruit which I now wash as a rule.

      It's been a very interesting and enlightening three years - hope something there can be of use / inspiration to people here.

      Bless all,
      Charlie

      PS. Sugar has proved to be fine as long as I don't consume gluten or those pesky additives.
       
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    2. hans01
      Artistic

      hans01 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress, hearing loss, sinus infections, ... ?
      Hello,

      Interesting, may I ask you which food additives had a real effect on your T?

      thanks,
       
    3. Lane

      Lane Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxic Drug
      @Charlie Childs -- Tinnitus variations has also become an accurate barometer for me as well. I recenlty ate some snacks with some Jalapeno peppers in it, which ended up spiking my tinnitus. Other times there's a less direct correlation, but whenever I get a spike that not noie related, I always look to what I ate that may have triggered it.
       
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    4. SpiritualSeeker

      SpiritualSeeker Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gluten
      I agree about the gluten - tinnitus connection.

      Since eliminating wheat my tinnitus has and continues to drop.
       
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    5. RaZaH
      Cheeky

      RaZaH Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Reykjavík, Iceland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012/04
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo + loud noise
      For how long did you have tinnitus before trying this and how bad was it?
       
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    6. SpiritualSeeker

      SpiritualSeeker Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gluten
      @RaZaH....8 years! Until about a year ago about 6-8 / 10 annoyance most days...but during this time i was consuming wheat regularly. Then about a year ago i started fasting regular..and there was some decrease...then last 3 months ive eliminated wheat and gluten and it rarely annoys me now. Maybe 1-2 days a week in the 4-5 / 10 annoyance range, but the other days i hardly notice it at all. That wasnt the case before. On the days it does annoy me a bit i just skip breakfast for a 18 hour fast and by mid afternoon i find my perception of it reduced.
       
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    7. JohnAdams
      Murderous

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      here
      Tinnitus Since:
      it started.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      hearing loss
      I can't decide what I want more, bread or silence.
       
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    8. Mathieulh
      Balanced

      Mathieulh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Paris, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/24/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Chronic headphones use and acute noise induced trauma.
      I have been following a ketogenic diet, before tinnitus and I stuck to it ever since I got it, obviously it's gluten free, and I can tell you it has not preventing me from getting tinnitus in the first place, so there is that.

      I think that if you damage your ear, it does not matter what diet you follow, it's still going to be damaged.
       
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