Many of us enjoy indulging in a sweet treat over the holiday season. It’s hard not to be tempted when you’re surrounded by cakes, fudge, and more. While indulging at this time of year is common, the excess sugar may be having more of an impact that you realize.
It’s no secret that too much sugar is bad for you. While you’re likely aware that it can cause weight gain, did you know that sugar may also be affecting your tinnitus? Although the American Tinnitus Association says there is no clear evidence that sugary foods can cause tinnitus, many sufferers report worsening symptoms after eating sugary treats.
Tinnitus is the perception of sound that has no external source. Sufferers often report ringing, buzzing or clicking. It’s estimated to affect up to 20% of people. Tinnitus is not a condition on its own. Rather, it’s a symptom of an underlying condition, often a hearing loss.Tinnitus may also be a symptom of something else. Changes in your blood sugar levels or hyperinsulinemia could also produce tinnitus symptoms.
Studies have shown that high blood sugar (A1c levels) can result in damage to your nerves and blood vessels. Cardiovascular disease and diabetes are well-known risks of a high-sugar diet, but did you know that it can also affect your hearing? Your auditory system is made up of a delicate network of tiny blood vessels and nerves. Restricted blood flow to these blood vessels or nerves can result in hearing loss, and in some cases symptoms of tinnitus.
Taking a few simple steps to monitor how your sugar consumption affects your tinnitus can go a long way. By understanding what impact (if any) it has, you can make the necessary adjustments to your diet to prevent future symptoms of tinnitus.
Start with a food journal. Make sure to record everything you’ve eaten and drunk on the day. Mark down what your symptoms of tinnitus were, if any. As you build up your food diary, you’re more likely to be able to identify trigger foods / drinks. Once you’ve identified a suspected trigger, eliminate it from your diet for one week and monitor the impact. Try to avoid removing too many things at once or it will be more difficult to identify individual triggers.
Over time, you’ll build a clearer picture of what treats you can enjoy and which you should avoid.
Other steps you can take to help protect your hearing and overall health include:
If you have been experiencing symptoms of tinnitus, we recommend booking in an appointment with a hearing professional. If it is caused by an underlying hearing loss, treating the hearing loss can help minimize tinnitus symptoms. To book an appointment with the hearing professionals at Come Hear Greenville, call us on (212) 786-5741 or click here to request an appointment online.