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Aster's avatar

Has one person out there cured their ear ringing (Tinnitus)? How did you do it?

Asked by Aster (15769 points ) October 22nd, 2010

It’s self explanatory I hope . (;

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RocketGuy's avatar

I cut out sodium nitrate (yeah, my favorite foods – BACON, pastrami, polish sausage, ham). My ears have been fine for 2 years now.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Yes. Mine was caused by an ear infection. Once that was treated the tinnitus went.

Tinnitus is a symptom and it can be caused by many different things. Some are mundane, some are really bloody scary but until you know what’s causing it you can’t begin to treat it.

Aster's avatar

@RocketGuy Fantastic! For how long did you have tinnitus and who told you about the sodium nitrate?
I have about 3 slices of bacon a week and no hot dogs. I never eat the other foods you listed. Mine began in March after a stressful time and ring 24/7.

Marva's avatar

Chinese medicine really helps with that!
It is a known and understood syndrom and has a healing protocol. See a Chinese Medicine practitioner and you’ll get rid of it in a few sessions!

crisw's avatar

@RocketGuy

What’s the scientific basis for that? I know you aren’t a believer in woo, so there has to be a good reason. The only reference I found mentioned sodium nitrite as a treatment for tinnitus!

PupnTaco's avatar

There are different kinds of tinnitus – roughly one kind on the outside of the eardrum (mechanical) and the other side (nerve degeneration). I have the latter, it’s incurable and constant 24/7.

Beware of false claims, do your own research, save your money and frustration.

Aster's avatar

@PupnTaco Great answer! I think I have the latter also.

PupnTaco's avatar

Maybe not the answer we’d like but that’s life. :/

Aster's avatar

If the ringing ever stops suddenly it will scare me to death!! lol

RocketGuy's avatar

When I hit 40, my job was really stressful. I started having ear problems. I got all kinds of tests, even MRI. All appeared to be normal. I noticed symptoms occurred exactly 5 hours after meals, so I started doing “design of experiments” with foods. See, I used to get paid to glean data out of huge sets of materials data. The data pointed to ham! Our cafeteria makes the best bacon in the world – perfectly crispy and flavorful. One day, I got baked potato with extra bacon – wham! Knocked on my ass! The common factors: pork and sodium nitrate. I am fine with pork chops, so nitrates it is. As confirmation, I sometimes encounter hidden nitrates, which cause symptoms e.g. broth at Hawaiian BBQ restaurants. Hawaiians like Spam, which is loaded with nitrates.

crisw's avatar

@RocketGuy

Interesting!

Do you have any problems with foods that are naturally high in nitrates?

RocketGuy's avatar

No probs with veg w/ nitrites. I know that nitrates allow millions of people to enjoy meats safely, so would not advocate banning them. In fact, never buy Trader Joe’s preservative-free roast beef. It turns green after 3 days!! It has been a while since I enjoyed my favorites: pastrami, bacon, polish dogs.

crisw's avatar

@RocketGuy

I’m a vegetarian, but I do know that lots of small processors are making nitrate-free products.

RocketGuy's avatar

Trader Joe’s is da bomb! They have nitrate free bacon (expensive!) and pastrami. What I want is Max’s reuben sandwich with kraut and thousand island, but my inner ear would explode!

ranchid's avatar

Have been driven to distraction with tinnitus (hissing, whistling) accompanied by low level headache etc.etc. for about a year making life miserable. By cross-referencing I narrowed it down to allergic reaction to nitrates i.e. sausages, bacon, cured meat, pate, msg, chocolate. I also suffer from restless leg syndrome which has been a life-long problem. Curiously elimination of nitrates has helped with this too….....hurray for now

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