RING RING GO AWAY
Every once in a while I get this ringing in my ears. It comes in short bursts and is seriously annoying. Now, if you have never experienced this sensation, it is a little disorienting the first time. Phrases like, "Did you hear that?" or "What is that noise?" are not uncommon for the newly afflicted. There are some poor folks out there that have this ringing in the ears constantly, and this is known as Tinnitus.
According to the Mayo Clinic:
Tinnitus (TIN-ih-tus) is noise or ringing in the ears. A common problem, tinnitus affects about 1 in 5 people. Tinnitus isn't a condition itself — it's a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder.
Great, thanks Mayo Clinic, so you are telling me I'm getting old-er. 🙁 I did just have a birthday, so you aren't wrong.
THE GOOD NEWS
If you are experiencing this intermittent ringing there may be some good news. According to research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH),
In this prospective study, which followed more than 65,000 women in the Nurses’ Health Study II, researchers tracked self-reported results regarding lifestyle and medical history from these women, aged 30 to 44 years and without tinnitus in 1991. Information on self-reported tinnitus and date of onset was obtained from questionnaires returned in 2009, with cases defined as women who reported symptoms “a few days/week” or “daily.” After 18 years of follow up, researchers identified 5,289 cases of reported incident tinnitus.
Specifically, researchers report that when compared with women with caffeine intake less than 150 milligrams/day (approximately one and a half 8-ounce cups of coffee), the incidence of reported tinnitus was 15 percent lower among those women who consumed 450 to 599 mg/day of caffeine. The majority of caffeine consumed among the women was from coffee and the results did not vary by age.
Well, I don't know about you, but I'm getting another cup of coffee.