Caffeine ‘Could Reduce Risk Of Tinnitus’

New Research Suggests Drinking Coffee Could Tackle Condition

18.03.2014

Researchers in Canada have published findings which suggest that caffeine may hold the key in relation to the battle against the debilitating effects of tinnitus.

The study, published in the American Journal of Medicine, involved around 70,000 women and found that those who drank four or more cups of coffee a day were up to 20 per cent less at risk of developing the condition – which causes a persistent ringing in the ears.

According to the Daily Mail, the monitoring of caffeine intake found that around 70 per cent of the intake was related to drinking coffee, but added that no association with decaffeinated coffee was identified.

The report added: “This suggests it is caffeine rather than another component of coffee that was associated with a decreased incidence of tinnitus.”

Such findings come after previous research suggested that caffeine could in fact make tinnitus worse.

Expert Opinion
The findings of this study are very interesting, but it is clear that there remains much to be done to investigate how tinnitus develops and ultimately what people may be able to do to mitigate the risks related to it.

"Through our work, we see numerous cases when people have suffered long-term consequences as a result of tinnitus, including cases where workers have been exposed to high levels of noise due to safety failings by their employers.

"The effect such issues have on victims cannot be underestimated and it is vital that work continues to not only raise awareness of this issue, but also to ensure that greater efforts can be made to ultimately develop more effective treatment for the condition."
Mark Allen, Associate Director