Exposure to toxins can cause tinnitus

You know that all too familiar ringing sound – a ringing that’s coming from inside your own ears – and try as you may, you just can’t get used to it. There’s no doubt, tinnitus symptoms can be distressing to say the least because there’s no “mute” button for it.

And it’s not just the ringing: You could also hear whistling, buzzing, clicking, hissing, or even a musical sound that no one else can hear.

Most people associate having tinnitus with attending too many loud rock concerts… or maybe working around the clatter of heavy machinery… but according to some recent findings, your tinnitus could be caused by exposure to some common toxins.

As an eTips reader, you know that I attribute many of today’s health concerns to the exposure of dangerous chemicals, pollutants, and other toxins. Some are neurotoxic – causing neurological issues like, in my case, Parkinson’s disease – while others can actually be ototoxic – or causing damage to your ears.

Studies have shown that certain organic solvents can be otoxic, and new research out of the University of Texas points the finger specifically at three of them: benzene, ethylbenzene, and toluene.

You may not recognize them by name, but you’d recognize their odours. Benzene and toluene are used to make gasoline. Ethylbenzene smells like petrol, but it’s actually used to make styrene, a component of plastics.

And all of these chemicals can become airborne – and when you breathe them in through your nose, they can do a number on your ears.

It’s important to note that medicines can also be toxic to your system – and ototoxic enough to cause tinnitus. These include antibiotics like erythromycin, chemo drugs, and high-dose aspirin.

So, needless to say, try to stay away from these drugs… unless you absolutely, truly need them.

A few natural treatments that have been shown to help tinnitus:

Pine bark extract has brought substantial relief to those suffering mild to moderate tinnitus. Try 100 to 150 mg daily for four weeks.
Ginkgo biloba has been known to reduce symptoms of tinnitus. Try pairing it with low doses of zinc and vitamin B12, a combination that can help it work even better.
Acupuncture has seen success with everything from easing pain and inflammation to smoking cessation – so it’s no surprise to me that it’s also been known to help tinnitus.
Oxytocin can stop the ringing altogether for some patients; and for others, the “love hormone” brings the noise to a less distressing level. You can get oxytocin nasal spray online, but why not get it pumping through
your body the most pleasurable way possible? Cuddle up!

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Sources:

Effects of exposure to organic solvents and occupational noise on hearing loss and tinnitus in US adults from 1999 to 2004, digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/dissertations/AAI10183289/

Medications Can Cause Hearing Loss, journals.lww.com/neurologynow/blog/WebExtras/Pages/post.aspx?PostID=54

Medications that can cause tinnitus, mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/dxc-20180362

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  1. I cycle trough London almost every day and I have to say, the pollution sometimes chokes me especially because I am so close to street level inhaling all those fumes. I wonder what this do to my heart health, let alone the possibility of getting tinnitus

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