Research shows that higher caffeine intake is associated with lower incidence of tinnitus

It is well established that factors such as taking certain medication, diet or smoking can have an adverse impact on hearing loss or tinnitus.

However a study published in August 2014 by the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts found that higher amounts of caffeine intake were associated with lower rates of tinnitus in younger and middle aged women.

The study which was published in the August 2014 issue of the American Journal of Medicine is based on self reported information about lifestyle and medical history from women who are aged between 30 – 44 years old in 1991 that did not have tinnitus at that time.

65,000 women were provided with lifestyle and medical information in 1991.

The women originally studied then completed further questionnaires in 2009 regarding the onset of tinnitus.

In the follow up study after 18 years, researchers identified that 5,289 women reported symptoms of ringing or buzzing sounds in their ears either a few days a week or daily. This represented just over 8% if the original study.

Researchers found that there was an association between higher intake of caffeine and a lower incidence of reported tinnitus.

Women who consumed 450 – 599mg of caffeine per day (equivalent to around four and half to six cups of coffee) had an incidence of tinnitus symptoms which was 15% lower than among women who had caffeine intake of less than 150mg per day (approximately 1 and a half cups of coffee).

The researchers indicated that the reason for the association between higher caffeine intake and a lower incidence of tinnitus is not clear and noted that further evidence is needed to make any recommendations about whether the addition of caffeine would improve tinnitus symptoms.

For further information on this study please visit http://brighamandwomens.org/about_bwh/publicaffairs/news/pressreleases/PressRelease.aspxsub=0&PageID=1847

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