Do You Have Tinnitus? Coffee May Help

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    Aug 14, 2014 3:24 AM GMT
    NYT: A new study reports that caffeine intake is associated with a reduced risk for tinnitus — ringing or buzzing in the ears.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/13/caffeine-may-reduce-tinnitus-risk/?ref=health
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    Aug 14, 2014 10:07 AM GMT
    Excessive coffee intake can CAUSE tinnitus. I know this from personal experience, since I occasionally go through two+ pots a day.
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    Aug 14, 2014 3:35 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidExcessive coffee intake can CAUSE tinnitus. I know this from personal experience, since I occasionally go through two+ pots a day.


    I concur. As a coffee lover, I this all too well.
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    Aug 14, 2014 9:13 PM GMT
    My coffee and/or caffeine intake doesn't affect my tinnitus one way or another. But my condition is due to nerve damage; tinnitus can also be caused by blood flow issues within the ear.
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    Aug 14, 2014 9:24 PM GMT
    I have a 10%-rated VA disability for my tinnitus. Most likely caused by multiple head trauma in the Army, not caffeine use.

    And BTW, although "ringing" is the common term, it's not a ringing at all. Rather, it's a steady humming tone, not unlike something produced electronically, in my case around 4000Hz according to audiologists.

    To fight it I sometimes use a sound generator in the bedroom, or just leave the TV on, when my husband doesn't mind, to mask the humming. During the day ordinary ambient noise masks it enough, but nighttime quiet can be a problem. I've just learned to mostly ignore it and live with it. Though I've read it drives some people mad, even to suicide. icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 15, 2014 1:25 AM GMT
    Interesting to see how it varies from person to person. I can't tell if I really have it or not... it's quite deceptive when it is absolutely silent in my apartment when I'm sleeping... it's like a high pitched ringing. I really only hear it if I focus on it though :/
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    Aug 15, 2014 1:48 AM GMT
    kuroshiro saidInteresting to see how it varies from person to person. I can't tell if I really have it or not... it's quite deceptive when it is absolutely silent in my apartment when I'm sleeping... it's like a high pitched ringing. I really only hear it if I focus on it though :/

    With my first partner I had a rather sophisticated sound generator, from The Sharper Image. It had something like 20 different sound options, including big city with traffic & horns, I guess for city people who couldn't stand country quiet. And 2 rainfalls, one with thunder, as well as a babbling country brook, although I always feared they might make me wet the bed in my sleep. icon_redface.gif

    My favorite I used regularly was summer night, with insect and frog sounds, reminding me of outdoor camping, extremely soothing to me. But the oddest for me was steam locomotive, which went CHUG-chug-chug-chug-CHUG-chug-chug-chug, ad infinitum at a fairly quick pace. Maybe for retired train engineers and conductors?

    I would play it for the amusement of friends, and then tell them my partner and I had only used that one once, during sex. And consequently collapsed the bed frame. As seemed always to be my fate, and still to this day with my current guy, my late partner would smack me.
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    Aug 15, 2014 1:55 AM GMT
    kuroshiro saidInteresting to see how it varies from person to person. I can't tell if I really have it or not... it's quite deceptive when it is absolutely silent in my apartment when I'm sleeping... it's like a high pitched ringing. I really only hear it if I focus on it though :/
    That could be the beginning stages of it. It's how mine started, anyway.

    Oh and I think you're 1.87 billion nanometers tall. You should recount. icon_razz.gif
  • wellwell

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    Aug 15, 2014 4:48 AM GMT
    Tinnitus really sucks! Prior to my episode, I know I could hear all the way up to 14k cps (for my age, that is quite a phenomenon). I've earned my living w/ my ears for over 3 decades. At this point, I still could; however, I'm under quite a handicap . . .

    That word's pronunciation varies from publisher-to-publisher; I endorse Noah Webster and the Oxford as being correct!

    Caffeine seems to make it worse.
  • BlackCoach

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    Aug 15, 2014 12:21 PM GMT
    Tinnitus runs in my family. My dad has it and older brother. mine used to be real loud but I get a massage for my neck and jaw once a month. Really don't hear it now unless at night but have a fish tank to mask the noise. As for coffee, never drank it in my life.
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    Aug 16, 2014 4:44 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    kuroshiro saidInteresting to see how it varies from person to person. I can't tell if I really have it or not... it's quite deceptive when it is absolutely silent in my apartment when I'm sleeping... it's like a high pitched ringing. I really only hear it if I focus on it though :/
    That could be the beginning stages of it. It's how mine started, anyway.

    Oh and I think you're 1.87 billion nanometers tall. You should recount. icon_razz.gif


    But if I were, then I'd be 6 feet 1⅝ inch... and I'm not. ;)

    1.9 billion nanometers is 190 centimeters which is a close enough approximation to my height. icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 16, 2014 2:43 PM GMT
    kuroshiro said
    paulflexes said
    kuroshiro saidInteresting to see how it varies from person to person. I can't tell if I really have it or not... it's quite deceptive when it is absolutely silent in my apartment when I'm sleeping... it's like a high pitched ringing. I really only hear it if I focus on it though :/
    That could be the beginning stages of it. It's how mine started, anyway.

    Oh and I think you're 1.87 billion nanometers tall. You should recount. icon_razz.gif


    But if I were, then I'd be 6 feet 1⅝ inch... and I'm not. ;)

    1.9 billion nanometers is 190 centimeters which is a close enough approximation to my height. icon_razz.gif
    Oh well, as long as the nanotube still works I guess it's all good. icon_biggrin.gif
  • TealSock

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    Sep 14, 2014 8:52 PM GMT
    I too know from personal experience it can make tinnitus worse.

    I used to get sinus infections that would then go to my eustachian tubes. My Doctor told me that drinking coffee was irritating it and causing them to restrict more, causing more fluid build up, and in return causing tinnitus.

    Maybe it's a specific type of tinnitus it can help with, but ones cause by eustachian tube problems I don't think caffeine is recommended.