Image of audiology patient suffering from tinnitus.Tinnitus is a common occurrence, affecting over 50 million people.  The symptoms and severity can vary person to person, as well as the triggers. 

Your diet can affect your tinnitus symptoms; here are some food triggers to be aware of.

Trans and Saturated Fats

Eating a diet high in trans-fats and saturated fats have been linked to heightened tinnitus symptoms.  The consumptions of these fats contribute to cholesterol issues, as well as reducing blood flow.  The reduced blood flow can restrict the function of the ears. 


Salt & Salicylates

Foods that are high in salt or salicylic acid (such as tomatoes, peaches, berries, and almonds) have been shown to increase tinnitus symptoms upon consumption.  Those with a sodium-rich diet are prone to increase daily symptoms.  Monitor your use of table salt, and limit those foods high in salicylic acid if you see an increase in symptoms.

Sweets & Carbs

A diet that consists heavily of carbs and sweets can increase your insulin/blood sugar levels, which can increase the ringing in your ears.  By decreasing the number of carbohydrates you eat, you may see a decrease in the tinnitus symptoms. 


Caffeine does not affect each patient the same way.  Some may experience increased ringing or buzzing after having a caffeinated beverage, others see no effect.  Consider this the next time you think about eating that chocolate bar.

Keeping a log of your eating habits and your symptoms can help identify what foods trigger symptoms, and which do not.

To learn more about tinnitus or to schedule an appointment with an audiologist at Universal Hearing Care in Tarzana, CA, send us a message or call us at 818.345.3200.