Coffee May Help Avert Tinnitus

For years, scientist have discovered the many benefits of coffee. A recent study has just added a new advantage to the popular morning drink: Coffee may be good for your hearing.

A research team in the Channing Division of Network Medicine in Brigham and Women’s Hospital studied 65,000 women, aged 30 to 44. They specifically selected women who did not have tinnitus, and then monitored them for 18 years. Over 5,000 cases of tinnitus were reported in the study group, throughout the course of the study. The researchers found that women who drank less than one and a half cups of coffee per day were 15% more likely to experience tinnitus than the women who drank more than that (roughly 4 to 6 cups).

The researchers’ findings was not able to prove the exact cause and effect. In order to reach that conclusion, a larger-scale study would need to be repeated. Because caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, it’s hypothesized that caffeine has a direct effect on the inner ear. Regardless, this study encouraging for those who were cautioned by doctors about extravagant caffeine consumption worsening their tinnitus.

It’s estimated that 50 million people on the U.S. suffer from tinnitus. Symptoms are described as hearing a ringing, clicking, or hissing sound within the ear. Tinnitus tends to come and go, but a doctor should be notified if it interferes with your daily routine, or if it is accompanied by other symptoms.