Salt Intake Can Worsen Ear Ringing

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Dr. Andrew Cheng, ENT, Offers Tip for Helping to Ease the Intensity of Tinnitus (Ringing of the Ear)

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Therefore, the less fluids retained in the body, the less opportunity there is for them to mix in the inner ear.

An estimated 50 million people suffer from some degree of tinnitus (or ringing in the ears). While there is no cure to this distressing condition, decreasing or eliminating sodium is a good first step in its management of tinnitus (since sodium retains fluids).

"In some cases, tinnitus results when the fluids of the inner ear mix," explains Andrew Cheng, M.D., an ear, nose and throat physician and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery of New York Medical College. "Therefore, the less fluids retained in the body, the less opportunity there is for them to mix in the inner ear."

Reducing or eliminating salt in the diet by paying close attention to the sodium content on the labels of the foods you eat and beverages you drink can really help ease the intensity of tinnitus. In addition to decreasing intake of salt, there are other lifestyle changes to consider including:

•Avoiding caffeine or alcohol
•Managing stress
•Avoiding exposure to additional loud noises which can aggravate tinnitus further (invest in a good pair of ear plugs)
•Taking Lipo-Flavonoid , a nutritional supplement that contains a complex of B vitamins proven to help decrease the intensity of tinnitus. Dr. Cheng sees improvement in seven out of 10 patients who take Lipo-Flavonoid, which is why he continues to recommend it to his tinnitus patients. The exact formulation of ingredients in Lipo-Flavonoid® has been clinically-tested to demonstrate relief
•Controlling blood pressure

For those with ringing in the ears, any improvement is a major benefit, since there is no known cure. For additional information about Lipo-Flavonoid or to hear a real tinnitus sufferer tell her story about her personal experience with this debilitating condition and how she copes, visit .

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