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Hydration & Your Heart | Tinnitus Protocol

From eNewsletter 4/13/2022

DID YOU KNOW that as if you need more motivation to stay hydrated, a National Institutes of Health funded study appearing in European Heart Journal suggests proper hydration reduces long-term risk of heart failure? Similar to reducing salt intake, drinking enough water and staying hydrated are ways to support our hearts and may help reduce long-term risks for heart disease. We love this study because it followed subjects over 25 years. Moreover, staying hydrated is such a simple, yet critical, solution for many things besides heart prevention.

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Tinnitus Treatment, Prevention

Steve: One unfortunate, common side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine, mostly occurring after the third dose, is tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. While usually temporary, in some clients the symptoms do not abate. For these individuals, and for those who suffer from tinnitus that was not vaccine related, here are some suggestions. Reflux and Salicylate Intolerance Consuming foods and medications high in salicylates when you have an intolerance can lead to, or exacerbate, tinnitus. Those with gastrointestinal reflux (GERD) often have tinnitus because being overtly acidic leads to ringing in the ears. Medications that trigger tinnitus are antidepressants, PPI reflux medications, NSAID pain medications, aspirin, to name a few. Dangerous Decibels Dangerous Decibels (http://dangerousdecibels.org/) is an evidence-based intervention program that has changed knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of both youths and adults for the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus. The messaging incorporates three strategies for hearing loss prevention: 1) turn it down, 2) walk away, and 3) protect your ears. Noise reduction and avoidance can prevent hearing loss or slow its progression. Persons can protect themselves by moving away or taking breaks from loud sounds, using quieter consumer products, lowering volumes on personal listening devices, reducing time listening to loud levels of music, and using hearing protectors such as earplugs. Neuromodulation Neuromodulation using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) shows promise in treating patients with severe tinnitus. DBS had a significant decrease patients Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI) score, which measures tinnitus intrusiveness, cognitive interference, sleep disturbance, auditory and relaxation issues, quality of life, and emotional distress. DBS must be done through a licensed professional. In the largest U.S. clinical trial of its kind, researchers found that TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) significantly improved tinnitus symptoms for more than half of study participants. This is a wonderful, non-invasive option that should be performed by a licensed professional. Vitamin and Mineral Depletion A double-blind, placebo-controlled study from Noise Health included men and women aged 18 to 60 who had chronic tinnitus. One group took 2500 mcg. methylcobalamin (B12) once a week for 6 weeks while the other group were given a placebo. 42.5 percent of the patients suffering from tinnitus were vitamin B12-deficient. In patients who had a vitamin B12 deficiency in the group that received the methylcobalamin, there was significant improvement in tinnitus severity index score versus no improvement in any other group. In a study from American Journal of Otolaryngology, researchers examined the effects of zinc deficiency on tinnitus and hearing loss. Not surprisingly, there was an extreme variance in severity and loudness of tinnitus, and the hearing thresholds of the normal zinc level and zinc-deficient groups. The zinc-deficient groups performed worse in every category. Humming NOTE: This came from a case study, so it will not work for everyone. Humming can calm the nervous system. Starting at the base of your spine, picture the hum draining into the tinnitus area and swirling around, taking note of whether the sound moved through or if it felt “stuck.” Move the noise to your stomach and chest, and pay attention to where your mind wandered. If you begin thinking about your shoulder, for instance, ask yourself why and tried to be mindful of how the hum felt in that area. If you felt the sound get stuck, make a mental note, staying mindful of its presence. When you reach your ears, notice the frequency of the ringing there and naturally match the tone with your hum. Humming the same frequency may help stop the ringing in your ears. If the tinnitus noise returns, again match the frequency to your hum. This exercise may need to be done consistently when the tinnitus arises, which is called “recalibration”.