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Tinnitus is the description given to a sound that is heard by someone in the absence of any real sound in the external world.
Tinnitus usually presents as a high-pitched tone in one or both ears.
Up to 30% of the population experience tinnitus at any one time.
For some it’s a mild irritant — for others it can be torturous.
Tinnitus has a number of causes and it is notoriously difficult to treat.
Numerous nutritional factors have been suggested as having a causal role in this auditory problem.
But so far only one nutrient has been clearly identified — people with tinnitus tend to have lower levels of copper.
This human research was carried out at the Kayseri Training and Research Hospital in Turkey. The results were published in Biological Trace Element Research.
Many medications can cause damage to the inner ear — leading to tinnitus.
Exposure to extremely loud noises can also cause these phantom sounds.
But many cases of tinnitus are from an unknown cause.
Imbalanced dietary minerals have been suggested as having a causal role in the development of this hearing problem.
But there has been relatively little research aimed at objectively testing this hypothesis.
High levels of lead, low levels of zinc, and low levels of copper have been suggested as causing tinnitus.
This study set out to see the levels of these minerals in people with and without tinnitus.
“We aim to investigate the role of three trace elements, zinc, copper, and led into this by analyzing the serum level of copper and lead in both the serum and tissue level of zinc.”
Over 100 men and women were included in the study.
80 participants had been diagnosed with tinnitus — 28 others had no auditory problems and were included for comparison.
“Eighty patients, who applied to the outpatient otolaryngology clinic with the complaints of having tinnitus, and 28 healthy volunteers were included.”
The researchers carried out a detailed analysis of mineral status of all the participants.
This included blood, tissue, and even hair samples.
There is some debate as to which of these tests gives the most useful readings of mineral status.
“Of all the participants, serum zinc, copper, and lead values were measured; moreover, zinc levels were examined in hair samples.”
The researchers compared the average levels of these minerals in all of the tests in people with and without tinnitus.
People in the tinnitus group had significantly lower levels of copper on average.
“The level of copper was found to be significantly lower in the tinnitus group.”
The researchers expected to find that zinc levels would be altered in people with tinnitus too — but only copper was found to be relevant.
“There was no significant difference between the groups in terms of levels of zinc in blood or hair, or in the blood levels of lead.”
Women with tinnitus had an average of 10% lower levels of copper.
Men suffering with tinnitus had 15% lower levels of copper compared to controls.
The study points towards copper possibly playing a role in development of tinnitus.
“As far as we know, this is the first study reporting the relationship between tinnitus and the serum levels of copper.”
Copper is an important but often overlooked trace mineral.
In Wilson’s disease, a genetic disorder which alters copper metabolism, tinnitus and hearing loss are common.
“Copper deficiency leads to problems in the nervous system. Thus, in Wilson’s disease, which is a genetic disorder with disrupted copper metabolism, tinnitus and hearing loss can be the components of the condition.”
Beef liver and dark chocolate are excellent sources of dietary copper.
And anyone looking to increase this mineral should include these foods a couple of times per week.
Taking large amounts of copper via supplements can be tricky as it needs to be carefully balanced with other minerals. I prefer getting copper from oysters and seafood.
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