Questions asked by real people with tinnitus. Answered by tinnitus authority Barry Keate.

Arches Natural Products President, Barry Keate, understands the suffering caused by tinnitus. Having lived with tinnitus for over five decades, Barry is an expert on the condition and has made the recovery from tinnitus his life’s work.
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November 2020 Ask Barry

Toothbrush Tinnitus?

Hi Barry.

I’ve had “crickets” sounding high pitch tinnitus for well over 20 years and just gotten used to it. However back on May 15, 2020 I suddenly began hearing a LOW deep vibrating-like roar in my left ear/brain. It’s only left sided. At first, I thought our AC was off kilter in the attic and sound coming through the vents.

I have been using your Tinnitus Formula consistently for three weeks now with no change but will continue the recommended 4 bottles worth. My questions is could this be something caused by oral issues like jaw clinching etc? Or TMJ? I have excellent oral health and never any diagnosis of issues like this but curious. I’ve also read if your 1st and 2nd vertebrae are off, even a little, you can have neuronal misfiring and wondered about that.

Curiously I had just begun using a Sonicare toothbrush the week this began. Any connection or causative factors? I also wondered if you were aware of any help with tinnitus using binaural sounds?

Thank you,
Bettian L.

Dear Bettiann,

I’m sorry this happened to you. I don’t know why the low frequency sound started. I doubt its the Sonicare toothbrush but not certain. Try going for a few days without it and see if that makes a change.

I also don’t think clenching or TMJ would be the cause. They both lead to a high frequency tinnitus, not a low roaring.

You may have a point with the vertebrae issue. When the vertebrae are knocked out of alignment, typically by whiplash, they can definitely impinge on the hearing nerve. I would consult with an Upper Cervical Chiropractor to determine if this is the case. Make sure it’s an Upper Cervical Chiropractor and not a regular one. These specialists have an extra year of training in the upper spine.

Please read our article about Meniere’s disease and its relation to misalignment of C1 and C2 in the upper spine. Meniere’s usually begins with a low frequency hum or whoosh and may have several other symptoms, such as ear fullness and vestibular (balance) problems. You may not have Meniere’s but should still check with the proper chiropractor to ensure upper spine health.

I don’t have much information on binaural sounds or binaural beats. They seem to be advertised through YouTube videos, of which I don’t have much confidence. There is a clinical study on recorded ocean sounds with and without binaural beats. Those who also had the beats had a slightly better outcome but nothing significant.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Cortisone Injections and Tinnitus

Hi Barry,

In early September, I had a Cortisone injection in my shoulder for arthritis damage that had destroyed some, but not all of the cartilage. The good news is that within 24 hours there was a marked improvement with my range of motion. The bad news is that within 12 hours my normal blood sugar early morning readings of 110 had spiked to 198 along with higher blood pressure. And to make matters worse I had a big spike in my tinnitus.

The blood sugar and blood pressure has resolved, but the tinnitus is still elevated after 2 1/2 weeks. Are you aware of other cases of these adverse effects on tinnitus?

Douglas C.

Dear Douglas,

This is a very unfortunate occurrence. Steroid shots can elevate blood pressure, blood glucose levels and tinnitus. It is not terribly common but does happen in up to 10% of people who receive cortisone shots.

I had osteoarthritis in my knee and took cortisones shots every six months until I had knee replacement therapy this August. I didn’t have any of the side effects that you mention. I would consider forgoing any further cortisones shots.

Hopefully the tinnitus spike will also resolve over time. If not, Arches Tinnitus Formula can be helpful.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

VNG Test for Recent Tinnitus Sufferer?

Hi Barry,

I recently just suffered from what they usually called tinnitus for 5 days. I went to an ENT doctor who did a lot of tests to me. My doctor said everything turned out normal and I could clearly hear things. She referred me to take a VNG test. I don’t know if this can get rid of the sound I’ve been hearing.

Also, my ENT told me about your product that supposedly helps to get rid of the ringing thing or ease it at least. Is it possible that this could just go away?

Thanks in advance,
Gilbert A.

Dear Gilbert,

A VNG is a test called a Videonystagmography. It is used for testing inner ear and central motor functions, a process known as vestibular assessment. It involves the use of infrared goggles to trace eye movements during visual stimulation and positional changes.

This is used to determine if you have Meniere’s disease, which is characterized by periods of extreme dizziness and a low frequency buzzing or ringing in the ears. If you do not have any dizziness, the chances are you do not have Meniere’s.

It is possible the ringing could go away on its own. Many cases of short duration, within a couple of months, resolve by themselves. If it does not resolve, I recommend trying Arches Tinnitus Starter Kit, a full three-month supply of Arches Tinnitus Formula. This should reduce the sound and aggravation of the tinnitus.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

October 2020 Ask Barry

Persistent Tinnitus after Getting COVID

Hi Barry,

In mid-July I contracted the Corona Virus. I only noticed the loss of taste/smell and had an array of headaches and mild fever for approximately 7 days.

On August 11th I took another Covid test, and as it was being administered, felt a significant discomfort and feared as to how deep that swab went into what I thought was my brain. Post the test, on the way home I played music in my car and as I arrived at home got a huge headache. When I arrived home, I took a short nap, and woke up with this ringing in my ears. It was so sudden and scary, it felt similar to the sound in your ears when you return from a concert and are about to go to sleep.

Ever since the ringing has not subsided. Sometimes the volume increases and it feels as if it travels from one ear to the other. I’ve had a very hard time accepting this, sleeping and insomnia have taken a toll on me.

I would like to know, given the fact that Corona Virus is so new, if there are other people experiencing a similar situation as mine – Did Corona weaken my hearing canals as well?

With high regards,

Dear Fernando,

I’m very sorry this happened to you. The COVID-19 is very new. There are billions of dollars being spent trying to find a vaccine but there hasn’t been enough time or money to study all the possible effects post-COVID-19.

There is a very new study conducted in the UK on the number of people who survived COVID-19 hospitalization and who reported hearing loss and/or tinnitus. About 13% of those people reported new or increased rate of hearing loss or new or increased tinnitus.

The researchers stated there was no way at this point to determine exactly what caused the hearing loss and tinnitus. It could have been the increased stress caused by being hospitalized or it could have been the ototoxic effects of the primary medicines used to treat the virus. All of the most popular treatments cause damage to hearing and tinnitus. Further studies are needed to determine cause and effect.

I hope this condition resolves itself, and it may, but we don’t know. In the meantime, it would be wise to use Arches Tinnitus Formula for your tinnitus. It takes a full three months to get the full benefit so we recommend Arches Tinnitus Starter Kit, a full three-month supply of four bottles.

Wishing you quiet time,
Barry Keate

Fear of MRI noise affecting Tinnitus

Hi Barry,

I am age 70 and have had tinnitus since age 20 from exposure to live music. I also developed hyperacusis. I need a brain MRI.

Any advice? I’m really petrified. Also, does doing an MRI under anesthesia prevent worsening tinnitus?

Thank you so much,

Dear Robert,

I’m sorry you developed tinnitus and hyperacusis (extreme sensitivity to sounds). The reason for an MRI is to rule out acoustic neuroma, a very rare occurrence of a non-malignant growth on the hearing nerve. The great majority of these tests turn out negative.

An MRI is fairly loud so you should take precautions. Use earplugs and ask for hearing protection during the procedure. If they have protective headphones, put them on over the earplugs. That should reduce the noise to a level that won’t be harmful.

I doubt they will provide anesthesia for this. But if you have something that can help calm you down, like a Valium or Klonopin, you may want to take one before the procedure. That should make the whole process much more relaxing.

You can also take Arches Tinnitus Formula to reduce the tinnitus sound level. It takes 3 months to get the full benefit so we recommend Arches Tinnitus Starter Kit, a complete 3-month supply of four bottles.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Living with Parkinson’s and Tinnitus

Hello Barry.

I am delighted to inform you that after 9 months on the Tinnitus Formula, my tinnitus has dropped. The spikes are gone. I can tolerate the buzz. I am 83 years, in excellent shape, and work out daily.

Three years ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I am taking low dose Sinemet for the condition. I’ve heard that people who have the most reduction in Parkinson’s symptoms perhaps are those who combine natural approaches with prescribed medicine.

I tried glutathione. After 4 days my tinnitus spiked and remained high for 3 weeks. However, this took place before I started on Tinnitus Formula.

Which supplements would you advise to be cautious with for tinnitus? My goal is to find the supplements which might help me to outrun this disease. Also, my tinnitus increases when I take antibiotics. Which antibiotics are least likely to cause a problem for me, if I really need one of these medications?


Dear Jerry,

I’m very happy you have had success with the Tinnitus Formula. I also have Parkinson’s disease and take the same medication, termed carbidopa/levodopa here, to control the symptoms.

My neurologist tells me exercise is the best thing you can do, along with the medication, to slow the progression. It sounds as if you get plenty of exercise and you should do very well in reducing future Parkinson’s.

Other supplements that are recommended include Omega-3 fish oil and N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC). I try to take at least 1,000 mg fish oil and 1,000 mg NAC daily. NAC is a powerful antioxidant and protects the ears from future damage. It also protects the ears from ototoxic drugs, such as antibiotics, that can increase tinnitus. It is very inexpensive and found in health food stores or online.

You may want to investigate Ubiquinol instead of CoQ10. CoQ10 has to be metabolized into Ubiquinol before it can be absorbed by the body. Ubiquinol is about 3x more effective than CoQ10 and is immediately absorbed. It is a little more expensive than CoQ10 but you don’t need as much. I take 100 mg daily. As you may know, CoQ10/Ubiquinol is the molecule that turns fats into energy in the cells and provides energy to the entire body. Please read our article about Statin Drugs and Tinnitus.

Antibiotics are very tricky and all of them have the potential to cause or increase tinnitus. I don’t know which one might be less toxic than others. My best advice is to go to and search for one in particular. They will tell you if they cause tinnitus and what proportion of people may experience this. Unfortunately, I believe tinnitus is under reported in clinical trials. It may be necessary to try one that looks good to find out whether it will affect yours. You can also ask the prescribing doctor to look up the drug in his Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR). This will list all drugs and reports on those that cause or increase tinnitus.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

September 2020 Ask Barry

High Flying Tinnitus?

Hello Barry,

Thanks for a great amount of information. My wife had developed tinnitus and she says it is like crickets. And chewing (food) seems to change the sound… pulsatile? She is having an MRI.

It clearly started after a flight from Florida to Pittsburgh and she said the plane was very loud. She was wearing the scopolamine patch behind the ear for motion sickness (something she has done numerous times). She is on a paleo diet, we raise our own grass fed meet and eggs and eat nothing out of a box, and says no dairy. So, could the plane ride have caused this? The patch? The pressure from the altitude?

Thanks again for your website.
Clayton M.

Dear Clayton,

The plane ride could have caused this. Both the noise from the engines and the changes in pressure could be the culprit. If the engine noise caused it, she has probably lost some hearing. If the pressure changes caused it, it could be the result of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD) where the Eustachian tube is clogged.

I recommend a visit to an ENT doctor for a hearing test. This test will be able to differentiate between hearing loss and ETD.

I have not been able to find any information relating the scopolamine patch to tinnitus.

People with tinnitus need to be careful when flying. There are safeguards that can prevent damage from the noise and pressure changes. Please read our article on Flying with Tinnitus.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Face Mask Tinnitus?

Hi Barry,

I like everyone else have been wearing a face mask. But as time went on I found the ear loops were making my ears painful and have had to resort to wearing a bandana tied around my nose and mouth.

I have noticed an increase in my tinnitus after wearing the face mask for a couple or weeks. I do suffer from a lot of excess ear wax and wonder if the pulling of the ear loops on my ears made things worse?

Carole A.

Dear Carole,

I don’t know if the mask’s elastic bands were making your ear wax or tinnitus worse. However, there are masks that have loose string you tie behind your head. The top strings go over the ears and the bottom ones around your neck. They don’t exert any pressure on the ears and are much more effective than a bandana.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Cross-Over Tinnitus?

Hi Barry,

I am one of your customers. I have very loud ringing in each ear. They are at different levels of pitch and volume (caused by loud noise exposure). Usually I can easily tell them apart but sometimes they appear to “cross-over” to one very loud noise in the center of my head rather than on each side. When this happens, it causes me even more stress.

Have you heard of such a thing from anyone else? I use hearing aids with white noise or wave noise which is of some benefit in general, watch my salt intake, use blood pressure medicine as well as your supplement. But this what I call middle of the head “cross-over” causes me even more distress than the right and left ringing. Any thoughts? Both ears are constant 24 hours a day.


Dear Rick,

Tinnitus usually begins in the ear, especially if it is due to noise exposure. But it eventually moves to the auditory system in the brain. It is a condition that effects the entire auditory system, from the cochlea to the dorsal cochlear nucleus and onto the auditory cortex. Tinnitus can be heard in any of these structures. That’s the explanation but it doesn’t do much to help you.

You may be interested in trying another tinnitus therapy, along with Arches Tinnitus Formula. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy trains the brain to avoid the aggravation and distress of tinnitus.

Biofeedback trains the patient to control automatic functions of the body that were previously uncontrollable. You can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, practice deep relaxation, and more.

Both of these therapies are widely used to treat tinnitus and the majority of people who use them report very good outcomes. They both work well with Arches Tinnitus Formula

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

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