Good news for the coffee addicts

This just in: Consuming caffeine does not cause or aggravate tinnitus, the phenomenon of ringing in the ears that affects nearly 15% of adults in the UK.

Previously, giving up caffeine was thought to be one way to cure tinnitus. Now, research from the Centre for Hearing and Balance Studies at Bristol University has shown that, in fact, acute caffeine withdrawal might make that annoying ringing sound you keep hearing worse.

Says Dr. Lindsay St. Claire, the lead researcher:

"With almost 85 per cent of adults in the world consuming caffeine daily, we wanted to challenge the claim that caffeine makes tinnitus worse. Many professionals support caffeine withdrawal as a tinnitus therapy, even though there is a lack of any relevant evidence, and, in fact, acute symptoms of caffeine withdrawal might even make tinnitus worse."

I'd like to personally thank the intrepid researchers who have provided me with another excellent reason to keep drinking the yummy coffee.


Astra Bryant

Astra Bryant is a graduate of the Stanford Neuroscience PhD program in the labs of Drs. Eric Knudsen and John Huguenard. She used in vitro slice electrophysiology to study the cellular and synaptic mechanisms linking cholinergic signaling and gamma oscillations – two processes critical for the control of gaze and attention, which are disrupted in many psychiatric disorders. She is a senior editor and the webmaster of the NeuWrite West Neuroblog