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  • tinnitus from noise damage
  • tinnitus from trauma or stress
  • tinnitus from allergies or sinus
  • tinnitus from meniere's disease

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Is Your Diet Affecting the Whistling Noises in the Ears?

[imwb_socialbuzz] By John On February 28, 2013 Under Tinnitus

Is your diet affecting the whistling noises in the ears that you hear?

Many tinnitus sufferers have learned that certain foods can actually make the sounds more intense or increase their frequency. It’s important to be aware of the foods you eat and pay attention to how you feel afterwards. Your diet plays an important role in your overall health and well being so it makes sense that it would affect this condition, too.

Here are some of the main foods that can affect the whistling noises in your ears and why:

  • Caffeine- stimulates the central nervous system aggravating your symptom
  • Salt- restricts the blood vessels and encourages high blood pressure
  • Alcohol- increase your blood pressure causes the sounds in your ears to worsen
  • Sugar- causes the blood sugar levels within your body to rise and fall quickly
  • Monosodium Glutamate- more commonly known as MSG, this flavor enhancer can cause high blood pressure
  • Artificial Sweeteners- all artificial sweeteners can make the whistling sounds you hear worse but those containing aspartame, which is believed to cause nervous system damage, is considered the worse for tinnitus sufferers


“Tinnitus is noise that originates within the ear rather than from the outside environment. This may affect one or both ears.

The sounds have been described variously as a “ringing” sound, a “buzzing” sound, a “humming noise, “like running water”, a “whistling” sound or like the “sound from a seashell held close to the ear.”

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As you can see from these paragraphs, it is relatively easy to establish that you actually do have tinnitus. Check out the chapter in Living Tinnitus Free for complete information regarding food and drinks that can alleviate tinnitus and of course those that will aggravate your tinnitus.

Tinnitus Symptoms

“Tinnitus is the perception of sound which can be high-pitched whistling, buzzing, ringing, hissing or roaring like the ocean. It can affect one or both ears.

These sounds may be constant or can come and go. The sound may beat in time with your heartbeat (known as pulsatile sound).

See your GP for advice if you think you have tinnitus and it’s:

  • one-sided and causing hearing loss
  • interfering with your everyday life, for example, making it difficult for you to sleep
  • pulsating and getting louder


Eliminating some foods from your diet would be very difficult and may not be necessary. It will depend on the type of tinnitus you have, how severe it is and how much of the food you consume. In moderation, they may not have a big impact on your symptoms.

Pay attention to how you feel when you consume food and look for links between what you eat and your tinnitus. If you notice that the whistling noises in your ears get worse when you consume certain foods, a diet change may be in order.