It’s no secret that too much sugar is bad for your health. However, what you might not realize is that an excess of sugar can be bad for your hearing health and can worsen tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. While there is no scientific proof that sugary foods increase tinnitus, there are many reports from tinnitus sufferers that too much sugar exacerbates the ringing in the ears.
The Connection between Sugar Levels and Hearing Health
Tinnitus is not a condition, but is a symptom of an underlying condition, often that condition is hearing loss. However, studies have shown that when too much sugar intake causes high blood sugar (A1c levels), your blood vessels and nerve can be damaged as a result. While conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease are well-known implications of a diet consistently high in sugar levels, what you may not realize is that it can also have a negative effect on the delicate and tiny network of blood vessels and nerves in your auditory system. Reduced blood flow here can cause tinnitus and hearing loss.
Tips for Reducing Sugar in Your Diet
Is your sweet tooth causing problems for hearing? The best way to determine if your diet is too high in sugar is to keep a food journal that includes everything you eat and drink. It is important to recognize that foods high in sugar don’t just include processed sugar, sweets, and chocolate, sugars can also come from fruits, alcohol, and carbohydrates. If you need help constructing a healthy diet for you, consult your doctor or dietician. Other healthy tips to promote hearing health as well as overall health include:
- Having your hearing tested regularly by a hearing health professional.
- Exercise often, daily if possible.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat well.
- Stop or reduce smoking.
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