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Protect Against Tinnitus By Drinking Coffee

Friday, January 30, 2015

In addition to being a handy and delicious jolt in the morning, coffee is also an extremely healthy drink.

Indeed, according to a study conducted in 2005, no other drink "comes close" to providing as many antioxidants as coffee.

Although, traditionally, fruit and vegetables have been lauded for their health-giving properties, scientists have stated that the human body absorbs a substantial amount of antioxidants from coffee.

Coffee and Tinnitus

Adding to coffee's already considerable list of healthy attributes is the recent discovery that drinking coffee can help the body to protect against tinnitus, a condition that causes ringing or buzzing in the ears.


Tinnitus is caused by nerve damage in the inner ear, often brought on by exposure to loud music, an ear infection or even a cold.

The damage results in an abnormal stream of impulses that the brain interprets as constant sound.

Currently in the UK it is estimated that five million people suffer from Tinnitus, with the condition driving many of those to suicide.­­­­­­

According to the report, people who drink between four to five cups of coffee per day can reduce the risk of developing tinnitus by as much as 15%.

Interestingly, this new finding contradicts the previously held belief that coffee was possibly to blame for aggravating symptoms of the condition.

Ironically, doctors, up until now, have advised patients suffering from tinnitus to stop drinking coffee!

The Study

The report, which was published in the American Journal of Medicine, tracked the lifestyle and medical history of 65,000 female nurses in Canada for 18 years.

Of the middle-aged nurses, who were aged between 30 and 44, exactly 5,289 reported the symptoms of tinnitus.

That study concluded that, when compared with women whose caffeine intake was about one and half regular cups of coffee a day, the incidence of tinnitus was 15% lower among those who drank around four to five cups.

It was discovered that decaffeinated coffee did not provide the same protective effect.

Summarising these findings, Professor Gary Curhan, from the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, said:

"We observed a significant inverse association between caffeine intake and the incidence of tinnitus among these women."

"The reason behind this observed association is unclear. We know caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, and previous research has demonstrated caffeine has a direct effect on the inner ear in both bench science and animal studies.

"Researchers note that further evidence is needed to make any recommendations about whether the addition of caffeine would improve tinnitus symptoms."

Over to you

What do you think about coffee providing a protective effect against tinnitus?

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