Environmental Toxins Could Cause Tinnitus

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There’s no “mute button” for the constant ringing, whistling, buzzing, clicking and hissing sound coming from inside your own ears. And no matter how hard you try, there is no getting used to the distressing symptoms of tinnitus.

The sound of toxins

Many people think that tinnitus is caused by listening to loud music and working around noisy heavy machinery. However, recent research has shown that tinnitus could be caused by exposure to common toxins.

Exposure to dangerous chemicals, pollutants, and other toxins can be neurotoxic, causing neurological problems like Parkinson’s disease. While others can actually be ototoxic, causing damage to your ears, the latest research from the University of Texas points the finger specifically at three environmental toxins: benzene, ethylbenzene, and toluene.

You may not recognise them by name, but you’d recognise their odours. Benzene and toluene are used to make petrol. Although ethylbenzene smells like petrol, it’s actually used to make styrene, a component of plastics.

These chemicals can all become airborne and when you inhale them through your nose, they can actually damage your ears. Drugs like antibiotics like erythromycin and high-dose aspirin can also be ototoxic.

If you do suffer from the excruciating constant sound of tinnitus, here are four natural alternatives that may help alleviate your symptoms:

  • Pine bark extract has brought substantial relief to those suffering mild to moderate tinnitus. Try 100 to 150mg daily for four weeks.
  • Ginkgo biloba has been known to reduce symptoms of tinnitus. Try pairing it with low doses of zinc and vitamin B12, a combination that can help it work even better.
  • Acupuncture has seen success with everything from easing pain and inflammation to smoking cessation – so it’s no surprise to me that it’s also known to help tinnitus.
  • Oxytocin can stop the ringing altogether for some patients; and for others, the “love hormone” brings the noise to a less distressing level. You can get oxytocin nasal spray online, but why not get it pumping through your body the most pleasurable way possible? Cuddle up!

Disclaimer: Bear in mind the material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.


Effects of exposure to organic solvents and occupational noise on hearing loss and tinnitus in US adults from 1999 to 2004, digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/dissertations/AAI10183289/

Medications Can Cause Hearing Loss, journals.lww.com/neurologynow/blog/WebExtras/Pages/post.aspx?PostID=54

Medications that can cause tinnitus, mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/dxc-20180362

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  • I have been suffering with this maddening hissing sound in my ears and head for years now and I tend to believe what you are saying here, because the symptoms only started when we moved into the inner-city. But what do I do now? I can’t up and leave with my whole family because we have built a life where we live now.

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