HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND TINNITUS
High Blood Pressure is a serious condition that many people suffer with. People that have High Blood Pressure don’t experiencing any symptoms, and if left unchecked, can cause major damage to important organs in the body such as the kidneys, heart, eyes and even the brain.
In many of these cases the damage caused by high blood pressure can lead to death. High blood pressure is normally referred to as the "silent killer".
Facts about high blood pressure
- It is estimated that more then 52 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure.
- High blood pressure is a serious health problem in the USA.
- High blood pressure has no symptoms and is the reason why millions around the world don’t realize that they suffer with this condition.
- High blood affects people of all ages, racial and ethnic groups.
- Doctors still don’t know what the actually cause of high blood pressure is in 90 to 95 percent of people who have this condition.
- High blood pressure is a common factor of heart failure as well as kidney disease.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is an abnormal noise or sounds that are heard in the ear or head and is caused by damage to the nerve ending in the ear. Tinnitus can come and go, or can be heard all the time. It can sound like a low roar or a high pitched ring, hissing, whistling and roaring. Some people hear chirping, screeching, or even musical sounds.
Tinnitus is a common condition affecting nearly 37 million Americans… not only that by half of the normal population has intermittent tinnitus. Approximately six percent of the general population has what they consider to be "severe" tinnitus. Tinnitus may be heard in one or both ears. Seven million Americans are so severely affected by tinnitus that they can not lead normal lives. Tinnitus is commonly accompanied by hearing loss (deafness).
How can High blood Pressure cause Tinnitus?
High Blood Pressure is also known as hypertension.
When a person experiences high blood pressure, there is increased pressure on the blood vessel walls that transports blood to the auditory apparatus. The person’s tinnitus is usually described as pulsating, as it corresponds to the rhythmic flow and lub-dub beating of the heart. This is the reason why high blood pressure is the main cause of pulsatile tinnitus where it appears as if the tinnitus is pulsating.
What increases blood pressure?
- Too much salt in diet
- High Blood pressure
These factors can make the sound (ringing, hissing, humming, etc) that you are experiencing more noticeable. The three leading causes of tinnitus are High Blood Pressure, High Stress Levels as well as High Cholesterol.
The best way to stop or reduce Tinnitus is to reduce your stress and high blood pressure. Alternatively you can try the following:
- Monitor your blood pressure
- Reduce salt intake
- Practice relaxation exercises
- Homeopathy provides various natural stress relievers.
- Massage stress points such as rubbing your ear lobe, perform relaxation techniques or meditation, listen to music, go shopping if this relaxes you, swim a lap around the pool, exercise regularly and keep a positive attitude as well as a balanced diet all help with stress.
- High levels of aspirin have however been found to increase tinnitus in certain cases.
- Magnesium is a good calming, anti-stress nutrient and is found in green veggies such as spinach, onions, garlic, nuts and seeds, oatmeal contain magnesium.
- Try decreasing the amount of cigarettes you smoke daily
- Avoid stimulant foods such as those containing high levels of caffeine or colas.
How to help protect your inner ear?
Magnesium protects the nerves responsible for hearing in the inner ear and helps stop the reception of glutamate (a neurotransmitter) by cells in the ear. Glutamate is released in response to sound waves and movement of the hair cells found in the inner ear.
When these hair cells are damaged or permanently bent, increased amounts of glutamate are released causing the hair cells to send continual messages to the brain. As these messages are continuous and have no real external sound stimulation causing them, tinnitus or a continual buzzing or hissing sound is heard inside the head or ear.
Many doctors believe that hearing is the most important sense we have, because we need it for so many things. So take care of this important sense as it takes care of you!
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Vitamins which help with Tinnitus include:
- Vitamin A group (eggs, spinach, oily fish, carrots, milk, fortified margarine and yoghurt.)
- Vitamin C group (oranges, lemons, kiwi’s, red peppers and Broccoli)
- Vitamin B12 group (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, parsley, liver, red meat)
- Vitamin E group (Soya, corn and olive oil. Nuts and seeds, and wheat germ found in cereals and cereal products.
- Vitamin A and Zinc -. Zinc is an important component in immune system functioning and helps fight free radicals. It promotes energy production and protein digestion. Zinc is also good for healthy skin.
* Don’t ever poke your ears with sharp objects or even cotton swabs.
* Don’t hit, pull or yell in some ones ear.
* Never turn the volume high when you listen to music.
* Always have your blood pressure checked.