Hearing Aids & Tinnitus

"Eli" < nospam at slb7.atl.mindspring.net
Tue Mar 19 04:28:43 EST 2002


I am researching audiology as a career and thought I might respond to your
questions.

>else.  If there any truth that my diet could be contributing to
>the problem and what could I do to fix the problem

from www.webmd.com:

"Although no vitamin supplements or other alternative therapies have been
proven beneficial to treat tinnitus, some people try herbal preparations
such as ginkgo biloba or minerals such as zinc with varying results. Others
have experienced relief with acupuncture, magnets or hypnosis"

It seems that there is a common notion that such experiences are
psychosomatic, that, it is caused by a kind of neurotic thinking pattern....

I believe this is bull hockey.  The only real psychosomatic relationships
(in the studies I've seen) found are in skin conditions.   Everything else
is confusing the mind's power to overcome real burdens with the minds
ability to cause the problems....the studies were done just as a job rather
than as a seeking for the truth...

That aside, diet has an influence and may be able to ameliorate your
symptoms to some degree...

I do not know for sure if you have tinnitus, though.  Most do not claim they
hear a pounding, they usually hear a ringing or something similar.

A pounding could be indicative of a condition of the arteries or heart.
(I'm no expert, though).  Since you heard a pounding before the hearing aid
it is highly unlikely that the hearing aid fitting is not the cause.

Diet things to try: abstain from caffeine (cola, tea, and coffee) for a week
and taking aspirin for the headaches for the first three days.  On day four,
stay off the aspirin.  Aspirin will actually cause ringing in the ears.  So
day four is the time to pay attention to see if you see results (caffeine
withdrawal headaches last three days).

For heart conditions, you may want to go to a heart specialist to check your
cardio-vascular health; get a cholesterol test and a EKG, request it over
and over until you get the healthcare you need.


For improving your heart health, may I recommend Dr. Dean Ornish:
http://shop.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=5GYZ5PBZT6&
mscssid=&sourceid=00346648525246581151&bfdate=03%2D18%2D2002+22%3A58%3A17&sa
lesurl=Rsearch.yahoo.com/bin/search&isbn=0804110387

If the heart health program does not help the pounding, the healthy
side-effects will be beneficial.... :)

If you smoke, quit. (see news://alt.support.stop-smoking newsgroup)

Here are some articles that I suggest you study:
http://www.mbhs.edu/silverchips/articles/apr2001noise.html

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/midodrinesystemic203640.html
(Look under Proper Use of This Medicine)

And probably the best:
http://www.rnid.org.uk/html/info_factsheets_tin_pulsatile.htm

Disclaimer:  Realize, I do not practice medicine or am qualified to provide
health advice.  You should consult your doctor if you have concerns about
your health....


Best wishes,

Eli






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