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Alcohol and Tinnitus
You just wanted to go to the pub for a quiet pint, but you came home after one too many…..and with terrible ringing in your ears. That annoying, uncomfortable ringing is called tinnitus, and having one too many could be the reason for it.
Tinnitus is the perception of sound when there really is no external noise present. Commonly, it’s called “ringing in the ears,” but the actual sound you hear could be more of a hissing, buzzing or swishing noise. To understand, you need to know how you hear sounds. Perceived noise actually is due to sounds that cause waves of pressure to vibrate your eardrum when they reach your ears. That results in pressure changes in the fluid behind the eardrum. Deeper inside the ear canal, little structures called stereocilia that are attached to sensory “hair” cells bend and sway in response. The hair cells depolarize and send a neurotransmitter to the brain that interprets it as sound.
Tinnitus occurs when the stereocilia are damaged — like from exposure to loud sounds. The process goes awry, and the stereocilia mistakenly tell your brain that you hear a sound when there really isn’t one. Tinnitus is a nuisance at best and a symptom of hearing loss or some other underlying health condition at worst.
Alcohol is one of those culprits that can bring on tinnitus symptoms — or worsen the symptoms of those who suffer from it already, according to the Vestibular Disorders Association. When you drink alcohol to excess and over a long period of time, you are more at risk for developing hypertension (high blood pressure). The connection between high blood pressure and tinnitus is not completely understood, but adding alcohol consumption to the mix can definitely make tinnitus worse.
Now, when you’re out drinking, do you often listen to music? That isn’t helping because loud music is another tinnitus irritant. Have you noticed that people seem to speak louder the more they drink? British researchers at the University College of London Hospitals studied a group of healthy adults and tested their hearing levels both while sober and as they drank. They found that the more they drank, the less acute their hearing became.
If you suffer from tinnitus, see your doctor to determine the underlying cause and prescribe a treatment plan.
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