Tinnitus and Menieres Disease

TINNITUS

Sometimes categorized as a ‘ringing in the ears’, tinnitus is the medical term for hearing sounds within the ear when there are no external sounds present.  Hearing buzzing, hissing, roaring, whistling, humming are all indications that something has gone awry in the auditory system. Ranging from constant to intermittent, the level of symptoms can vary from annoying to very severe and debilitating.

In a Nutshell

Our 3 top strategies for Tinnitus are:

  1. Download the factsheet from the Food Intolerance Network on Salicylates to see if that could be your intolerance that effects tinnitus, reversible hearing loss, vertigo, symptoms of Meniere’s Disease.  For more information on Food Additives see the Nutrition Page.
  2. Introduce a Low Salt diet.
  3. Investigate the Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment to re-train neural pathways involved in tinnitus.
  4. plus… see below for other long-shots!

Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment – Launched in 2004

Curtin University of Technology (WA) has launched a groundbreaking tinnitus treatment based on years of research. Curtin Adjunct Associate Professor Paul Davis developed the treatment, which uses algorithms to customise the treatment of each individual.

The treatment involves providing a pattern of sounds via music to re-train neural pathways involved in tinnitus.

The treatment is now available via clinics throughout Australia.
For further information visit www.neuromonics.com or call 1300 367 907.

MENIERE’S DISEASE

If you have tinnitus coupled with hearing loss and vertigo please investigate Meniere’s disease with your medical practitioner.  Symptoms of Meniere’s disease can include the feeling of ear fullness.

Be aware that vertigo can be an adverse reaction to some drugs e.g. anti-viral agents – it may not indicate that you have Meniere’s disease.  Please refer to your doctor for full testing.

LOW SALT DIETS

Low salt diets are particularly significant for sufferers of vertigo (a component of Meniere’s disease).  Tinnitus may respond to some degree (for some).

Salt has also been associated with elevated blood pressure, heart disease and fluid retention.  It is estimated that about 10% of the salt in the average diet comes from that naturally found in food, 15% is added in cooking or at the table and 75% is added to processed foods. taste is generally no guide.

Salt Matters By Dr Trevor Beard is an excellent book.  Low salt cookbooks also contain valuable information.

Potassium Rich Foods

We have also read that foods high in potassium oppose the effect of sodium (salt).  Potassium rich foods include bananas, oranges, sunflower seeds, beans, squash, mint leaves, potatoes, mung beans and nuts.

OMEGA-3 FISH OIL

We have seen some claims on Omega-3 fish oils in relation to tinnitus.  We are unaware of any clinical studies on this as yet.  Are you aware of the detail?  If so, please Contact Us so that we can share the information.  Omega-3 will be available from us in the future for trial.

GINKGO BILOBA

Again, claims have been made by some on the benefits (for some) of Ginkgo Biloba.  We have made Ginkgo Biloba available through this site for those who would like to trial this product.  We would be interested to hear your feedback.

More Information about Tinnitus:

Australian Tinnitus Addresses (includes Australian Tinnitus Association, Tinnitus Clinics, Self Help Groups, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy addresses etc. http://nb.au.com/tinnitus/ata.html

20 Tips from Australian Tinnitus Association
http://nb.au.com/tinnitus/20tips.html

Australian Tinnitus Association
www.tinnitus.asn.au

American Tinnitus Association
www.ata.org

The Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Centre
www.tinnitus.org

and Meniere’s Disease:

Meniere’s Support group of NSW:
www.menieresnsw.org.au

Other support site:
www.menieres.org

Information:
www.menieresinfo.com

The Salt Skip Program:
www.saltmatters.org