Plenty of people crave their daily morning coffee, but what if that extra cup could also reduce your risk of developing tinnitus? An important study on the effects of caffeine intake and instances of tinnitus suggests that it’s true, which means you may want to stick around your coffee shop for another refill before you head to work.
The Basics of Tinnitus
Tinnitus is a common symptom associated with many different conditions, including high blood pressure, hearing loss, or ear infections, and affects approximately 50 million adults. It is commonly described as a “ringing in the ears,” but many times it takes the form of a different sound in the afflicted person’s head, such as whistling, buzzing, or chirping. Tinnitus can affect any person at any time, but it is typically associated with older adults, people who have suffered head injuries, and those who have been exposed to loud noise.
The Effects of Caffeine Consumption on Tinnitus
In August 2014, the Journal of American Medicine published a landmark study on caffeine consumption and tinnitus that was 18 years in the making. Over this time period, researchers tracked over 65,000 women and found that an increase in caffeine consumption resulted in fewer cases of tinnitus.
In particular, the women who drank five cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower risk of the condition when compared to women who consumed just 1.5 cups of coffee per day. But the researchers were confident enough in their results to conclude that, for women, higher caffeine intake in general is correlated with a reduced risk of tinnitus.
Where to Learn More About Tinnitus
The results of this study are a welcome sign for women who love their coffee, but anyone—men or women, caffeine drinkers or abstainers—can still be affected by tinnitus at any time. If you want to learn more about the risks of tinnitus, or find out about potential treatment options, now is the time to make an appointment with a hearing loss expert. Contact U.S. Hearing Solutions today, and we can administer a hearing evaluation, suggest treatment options, and help you overcome your hearing loss.