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Questions Asked by the Tinnitus Community - Answers Provided by Arches President, Barry Keate

Note: Ask Barry is pleased to be able to answer your questions based upon the information we have available. Our answers to inquiries are not substitutes for a physician’s advice nor are they reviewed by a physician. We encourage you to share any suggestions you have received from Ask Barry with your doctor.
Dementia, Memory Loss and Tinnitus

Hi Barry,

I have been reading things about damage to the brain causing memory lost. I have tinnitus in my left ear for several years. I am 72 years old, and I am experiencing some memory loss. Is there some truth in this diagnosis, and if so what can I do to stop this damage to the brain?

Frank S.

Dear Frank,

Yes, there is some truth to this. Tinnitus does not specifically cause dementia or memory loss,  hearing loss can cause cognitive decline. Since hearing loss is the primary cause of tinnitus it can also affect memory loss and dementia.

This happens because the brain needs input from all senses. If the auditory cortex doesn’t have enough sound input it begins to shrink.

Ways to prevent or slow the progression of cognitive decline are to increase the auditory environment to keep brain cells healthy. Hearing aids will be helpful as well as Arches Tinnitus Formula.  The ingredients in ATF has been shown in clinical studies to prevent hearing loss and even restore some degree of loss over time.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Living a Healthy Lifestyle… But Tinnitus Still Gets Louder

Hi Barry,

I have had tinnitus for about 35 years and it has gotten progressively louder through the years. It has become very bothersome in the last 4 years or so, as it continues to increase in loudness.

I do not eat packaged or processed food. I use turmeric every day and I take Vitamins B, C, D and zinc and taurine. I do not eat gluten, salt and sugar, and only drink one cup of coffee per day, and one glass of wine every few weeks.

I don’t know what else to do to stop the progression of this disease. Do you have any suggestions, and most importantly, can tinnitus increase in loudness every year until you die? That is my biggest fear.

Thank you for any help you can provide.

Janice H.

Dear Janice,

Tinnitus will not increase constantly until you die. In fact over time, many people habituate to it and the annoyance goes down.

There are many causes of tinnitus but the great majority of them involve hearing loss. While there is no cure, there are ways to reduce the loudness and annoyance of tinnitus. Primarily, Arches Tinnitus Formula reduces the sound level. This is especially true for those with hearing loss who have a 60-70% success rate, not in curing it but in reducing the sound intensity and anxiety that accompany tinnitus. This product has to be taken continuously for 90-100 days for it to determine total efficacy.

Whether or not you have success with our products, there are other therapies that are quite helpful and can be done alone or in conjunction with our supplements. These include Mindfulness Meditation and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

The Tinnitus Formula Pedigree

Dear Barry,

Hope this message finds you well.

My Questions:

– Are the ingredients in Arches Tinnitus supplement USP tested / USP grade?

– Which countries do the ingredients come from?

– Can this work for tinnitus caused by either ototoxic substances and/or hearing loss?

Very much appreciate your kind answers,

Best regards,
Pierre Q.

Dear Pierre,

The ingredients in Arches Tinnitus products are United States Pharmacopeia (USP) tested and certified. This falls under the FDA’s current Good Manufacturing Practices. Our California manufacturer is an FDA approved and monitored facility. As such, they are inspected and audited by the FDA on a regular basis.

All incoming raw product is analyzed and certified to meet cGMP and to have the minimum amounts and quality we have specified. After the manufacture, the completed product is analyzed again and a Certificate of Analysis is sent to us for every batch we receive. Please see the attachment.

In order to meet cGMP requirements, we are then obligated to send samples of each batch to an independent, third-party FDA approved laboratory for analysis and confirmation. Only then do our products go on the market and shipped to customers.

All components are supplied by US sources, which, also must meet cGMP requirements. The exception is the Ginkgo biloba. Ginkgo is native to China and they are the largest supplier of Ginkgo biloba extract in the world. But not all ginkgo extracts are alike. Our ginkgo is sourced from organically grown trees in China and harvested without harsh chemicals like many other ginkgoes. Our Ginkgo Max 26/7 is a proprietary extract which, contains a minimum of 26% ginkgo flavone glycosides and 7% terpene lactones (versus the standardized 24/6 ), and is the highest concentrations found in any ginkgo product. Our ginkgo is also analyzed as it comes to our manufacturer to ensure this is the minimum. Actual percentages are higher, as you can see from the Certificate of Analysis.

Interestingly, you are the first to enquire about USP testing in our 22-year history of being in business, so thanks.

Our products are designed specifically for people who have tinnitus due to hearing loss. One prominent Manhattan ENT has stated 75-80% of his tinnitus patients who have it due to hearing loss are successful in lowering their tinnitus level. Ototoxic medications cause hearing loss leading to tinnitus.

It does take time and we recommend using Arches Tinnitus Formula Starter Kit for three months before you can expect the full effects. We have created Arches Tinnitus Starter Kit at a reduced price. This includes a 3-month supply of the Tinnitus Formula.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Are there allergens in Ginkgo?

Hi Barry,

I just read that Ginkgo has alkylphenols in it, and the article said that people who are highly allergic to poison ivy should avoid taking Ginkgo. Is this true?

Jane L.

Dear Jane,

This is partially true. Ginkgo biloba does contain alkyphenols, the primary one being ginkgolic acid, which is an allergen and “can” produce allergic reactions like poison ivy. However, most reputable manufacturers remove this during the extraction process. The German Commission E standard for ginkgo extracts requires there be less than 5 ppm (parts per million) ginkgolic acid. Some less than reputable manufacturers don’t remove it.

Arches Tinnitus Formula uses our proprietary ginkgo extract Ginkgo Max 26/7, which contains less than 1 ppm ginkgolic acid. This means it is non-detectable. For greater detail you can view our entire Certificate of Analysis.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

If Tinnitus Formula doesn’t help… what’s next?

Hi Barry,

I’ve been taking your supplements for about 3 months for my tinnitus and it hasn’t helped. Do you have a suggestion?

Marica S.

Dear Marcia,

I’m sorry our product didn’t help. It helps about 75% to 80% of people who have tinnitus due to hearing loss. This is the majority of people with tinnitus but not all. Perhaps you have it due to another medical condition. In that case you should see an ENT and an Audiologist to find out what’s wrong.

There are other therapies. The one most used by tinnitus specialists is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This is a sort of psychological counseling that trains people to get their mind off tinnitus so the aggravation and distress of tinnitus is lowered.

A therapy I like a lot is Biofeedback. In this therapy, electrodes connected to a computer feed information such as stress levels, blood pressure, skin temperature, heart rate and brain waves into it. The patient practices with different thoughts and emotions and soon is able to control these variables. The results can be dramatic and people are able to control skin temperature, slow heart rate, and lower blood pressure. They can even raise skin temperature in one hand while the other remains the same.

Lastly, acupuncture can be used. This therapy allows people to control and balance the basic life energy called “qi” (pronounced chee). During illness, including mental illness, this force is out of balance. Acupuncture allows the patient to re-balance this force. It is often used with herbalism and lifestyle changes to help the patient return to a balanced state.

I hope this is helpful for you and will help reduce your tinnitus.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Tinnitus Formula worked before, but will it work again?


Your products are great. I started using them in 2015 after an episode of Tinnitus and hearing loss. After much research, I found your product. Your personal story is what convinced me to go with your product originally. It worked!

Unfortunately, it worked so well that I stopped using them after much success.

Recently my tinnitus increased like crazy and with more hearing loss. An ENT doctor said my audiogram was the same as in 2015. But I felt it was worse. The doctor shot my ear full of steroids and they gave me steroids orally and my hearing loss has improved 25%.

The tinnitus is out of control and my hearing loss in the severe to profound high frequency level. I am 64. Do you feel your Tinnitus Combo Pack will get me back in line to a degree?

Also, what are your thoughts on the FX 322 therapeutic drug by Frequency Therapeutics? It seems to have promise in helping to a degree with hearing disorders. I will never stop taking your products again. Trust me on that… What is an ear worth? Lol…

Thank you,
George F.

Dear George,

Thank you. I’m very happy our products worked for you so well. They should do the same thing again and relieve the sound and aggravation that goes along with tinnitus… Just give it time to work again.

I looked into FX-322 from Frequency Therapeutics. They propose that their formula will regenerate damaged auditory nerve cells in the ear and improve hearing. It is applied by intratympanic injection. This means it is injected through the eardrum and sits on the cochlea, in the middle ear. In order to keep it from draining out through the Eustachian tube, it must be in a gel form that will stick where it’s placed.

The product is now in Phase 2 trials and, if everything goes right, will enter Phase 3 trials later this year. It will then take another year for the trial, then more time to meet the regulatory hurdles and become available to doctors.

This is pretty exciting and shows there is hope. However, it’s not a slam-dunk. About 90% of drugs, for any condition, do not show improvement in Phase 3 trials and are abandoned. Whether it is effective or not, it shows major progress toward finally treating hearing loss. I’ll await further results and thank you for sending this to me.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

New to Tinnitus and Anxious

Hi Barry,

I have been experiencing ringing in my ears for the three weeks and is very scary and making me anxious. I have taken a hearing test which shows that, my ears are clear. No fluids in my ears and no earwax.

The Audiologist said my hearing is a bit declined due to my age and advised me to do a hearing test every year. My question is…. Can Arches Tinnitus Formula help reduce or relieve this terrible noise in my ears?

I would like to try it, but there so many other products on the market and is hard to trust which one is actually real genuine and effective.

Thank you,
Alberta A.

Dear Alberta,

The decline in your hearing is most likely the cause of your tinnitus. About 80% of all tinnitus cases are due to hearing loss. Arches Tinnitus Formula is especially helpful for this kind of tinnitus and has been helping people for over 21 years. It must be used for 3 months to get the full effect so we recommend Arches Starter Kit, a full 3-month supply of 4 bottles.

I know the market is confusing and there are many companies claiming to have a cure. There is no “cure” for tinnitus but there is relief from the noise and aggravation. You have to look at the science to determine the best product. Arches Tinnitus Formula is scientifically based and there are many clinical studies showing effectiveness in reducing tinnitus.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Treating Sudden Hearing Loss and Tinnitus

Hi Barry,

I have tinnitus in my right ear that is extremely loud. My ENT doctor has diagnosed it as onset of sudden deafness. He did three rounds of prednisone shots and a round of oral prednisone to no avail. Next step he wants me to have an MRI and try hyperbaric chamber.

I have cut out salt alcohol caffeine and NSAIDs. Do you have any suggestions? I’m begging. I can’t sleep at all at night.

Thank you,
Fran B.

Dear Fran,

Sudden hearing loss can be very traumatic and usually causes tinnitus. About 1/3 of people with this condition completely recover, another 1/3 will partially recover, and for 1/3 of people, the condition is permanent.

Researchers are discovering that most people with sudden hearing loss have elevated levels of homocysteine in their bloodstream. Homocysteine is an amino acid that is produced by the consumption of high levels of meat and dairy. It can be processed and neutralized by the vitamins B6, B12 and methylfolate. These ingredients can be found in Arches Tinnitus Stress Formula and Arches Tinnitus B12 Formula.

Also, large numbers of people with sudden hearing loss have metabolic syndrome. This is when any three of the following conditions apply: hyperglycemia or type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obesity, elevated triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol (the “good” Cholesterol).

Ginkgo biloba extract, found in Arches Tinnitus Formula, has been shown in clinical trials to help people with sudden hearing loss to recover. They recover faster and more completely than those not taking ginkgo.

More detailed information can be found in our article, Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss and Tinnitus.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Can Tinnitus Formula Help Hearing Loss?

Hi Barry,

My hearing loss isn’t improving despite taking niacin and histamine drugs. Followed by increased tinnitus. Do you think Arches Tinnitus Formula can help sir?

Thank you,
Jude P.

Dear Jude,

Yes, I think Arches Tinnitus Formula (ATF) can help restore some degree of hearing and also reduce your tinnitus.

Clinical studies have shown Ginkgo biloba, the primary ingredient in ATF, restores hearing. One study conducted on patients with hearing weakness due to inner ear problems and using ginkgo, reported 35 of 59 patients in the study had either successful or very successful improvements in hearing.

Another study of 350 patients with hearing defects due to old age were treated with ginkgo extract. The success rate was 82% and a follow-up study of 137 of the original group 5 years later revealed that 67% still had better hearing.

There are also numerous clinical studies showing Ginkgo is an effective treatment for tinnitus.

Arches Tinnitus Formula is successful in restoring some degree of hearing, preventing further deterioration of hearing, and reducing tinnitus.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Ginkgo Allergens?

Hi Barry,

I just read that Ginkgo has alkylphenols in it and the article said that people who are highly allergic to poison ivy should avoid taking it. Is this true?

Thank you,
Jane L.

Dear Jane,

This is partially true. Ginkgo biloba does contain alkyphenols, the primary one being ginkgolic acid, which is an allergen and can produce allergic reactions like poison ivy. However, most reputable manufacturers remove this during the extraction process. The German Commission E standard for ginkgo extracts requires there be less than 5 ppm (parts per million) ginkgolic acid. Some less than reputable manufacturers don’t remove it.

Arches Tinnitus Formula uses our proprietary ginkgo extract Ginkgo Max 26/7. This contains less than 1 ppm ginkgolic acid. This means it is non-detectable. You can see our entire Ginkgo Certificate of Analysis on this page. The ginkgolic acid figure is at the bottom of the page.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Follow-up Research on Tinnitus Formula?

Hi Barry,

I ordered Arches Tinnitus Combo Pack this morning in hopes of alleviating the RINGING IN MY EARS! I have not seen an ENT doctor yet (my appointment is on Dec. 13th), however my neighbor went to an ENT doc recently for her tinnitus, and he recommended your product.

Can you tell me what statistics you have compiled and/or what follow-up you have done with those who have purchased your products? Do you do follow-up research with everyone who purchases your tinnitus formulas?

Thanks very much,
Donna V.

Dear Donna,

We are not able to do follow up comparisons with all of our customers. Being in retail business, we have a significant percentage of people who are non-compliant to the recommended protocol. Many people will learn that in order to determine total effectiveness of Arches Tinnitus Formula they must try it for 100 days (4 bottles) but then stop after only one bottle because “it didn’t work.” There is no way we would be able to sort out compliant and non-compliant customers. After more than 22 years in business we have thousands of repeat customers.

We rely on clinical studies conducted on the ingredients used in ATF. There are over 35 clinical studies on Ginkgo biloba alone showing efficacy for tinnitus. You can view numerous clinical studies are on our website.

There are now over 2,000 ENT physicians who refer their tinnitus patients to us. Darius Kohan MD, a specialist in otologic surgery in New York, and a faculty member at several major medical centers, stated in the Medco Forum regarding his patients with tinnitus due to sensorineural hearing loss: “Arches Tinnitus Formula doesn’t work with everybody, but works with about 75% to 80% of these patients. Arches Tinnitus Formula is a safe and benign treatment that we initiate for patients.” Personally I have experienced a 70% reduction in my tinnitus.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

How long until tinnitus relief?… Will Omega-3 help?

Hi Barry,

I have been suffering with tinnitus in my left ear for approximately five months now. I have started watching my salt and sugar intake and am also beginning my third of four bottles of your Tinnitus Formula. I have yet to show much improvement, but I do have some good days. I do have plans to start taking Omega-3 because my left ear seems to be irritated quite a bit.

Do you think there will come a point in time when I will be able to block the tinnitus out of my mind, or is this something that will be there when I go to bed and when I wake up, as it is now? I have an awful time at night because I can’t sleep due to the noise. Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
Joyce R.

Dear Joyce,

Thanks for your question. Since you are currently starting the third bottle of Arches Tinnitus Formula, typically it is a little early to see results. ENT doctors tell their patients to use it for at least 100 days (4 bottles) before determining how effective it will be. You have been using it for approximately 50-60 days. Given you have early onset tinnitus, you should notice a difference in the next month. Clinical trials show that early onset tinnitus, within one year of beginning, often have a better outcome than long-standing tinnitus. I hope you get significant relief in the next month or so.

Omega-3 is always a good idea. The typical American diet is way out of balance with the majority of Omega fatty acids consumed being Omega-6. Omega-3 should help reduce any inflammation you may have and hopefully will help the irritation in your ear. You need to take a significant amount and many researchers suggest a minimum of 3 grams per day of combined Omega 3 up to 10 grams per day. Be careful not to take this much if you are using Cod Liver Oil as the Omega 3 source. This has a high amount of Vitamin A on which you can overdose.

Everything you do that improves health will also help reduce tinnitus. Diet is very important, and we have an important article on how diet affects tinnitus. And I totally empathize with your difficulty getting to sleep, but there are certain things you can do that will help. Please read our article on Tinnitus-Induced Insomnia.

“Blocking the tinnitus” is not a term I feel comfortable with. It implies that recovery is a matter of will power, which it’s not, although meditation and mindfulness can be helpful. The ideal situation is where the tinnitus subsides enough that it doesn’t bother you any more. I go to bed and wake up with tinnitus every day but I rarely pay attention to it because it is now greatly reduced. Hopefully you will have the same experience.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Taking too much zinc for Tinnitus?

Hi Barry,

I just ordered my second set of 4 bottles of Arches Tinnitus Formula. Here is my question: Taking 4 capsules per day of your formula provides 30 mg of zinc. I also take 2 calcium capsules per day that contain 10 mg each of zinc so I am now receiving 50 mg per day. The RDA recommended dosage per day is 15 mg. Am I being over ‘zinc-ed’?

Robert H.

Dear Robert,

No, you are not getting too much zinc, but there is a caveat.

The RDA “minimums are the amount necessary to stay healthy. 50 mg of zinc per day is a therapeutic dose for the relief of tinnitus. We initially were going to have 50 mg in the daily dosage of Arches Tinnitus Formula but decided to reduce the amount precisely because of people like you who get zinc from other supplements. 50 mg zinc is not too much. So the caveat is that at this amount you should add small amounts of copper and manganese, as zinc competes with these minerals for absorption.

According to the National Institutes of Health adults may take 40mg daily without extra supplementation. Above this level, zinc should be taken with small amounts of copper and manganese. The general rule is to take 1-2 mg copper and 2-3 mg manganese for every 10 mg of zinc above a 40 mg daily dosage. Therefore, someone taking 50 mg zinc daily should also take 1-2 mg copper and 2-3 mg manganese. Many zinc supplements now add these two minerals.

Basic elemental zinc does not absorb well. Arches Tinnitus Formula uses the most easily absorbed form of zinc,  zinc picolinate.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Waiting to hear improvement

Dear Barry,

I have read several reports about success with Arches tinnitus capsules, I am starting my third bottle and have not seen any noticeable decrease in the sensitivity that seems to create the ringing in my head, My question is would I be due for some relief soon? I must add that I sleep fairly well but wake with the noise immediately is there some explanation to this or again do I expect some morning relief after moving through at least 4 bottles of your medication? I realize my questions is somewhat vague but again what is it that I may experience after the 100 odd days of treatment?

Eagerly awaiting your reply.

Robert H.
Sydney, Australia

Dear Robert,

We know there is an abundance of scientific evidence on the efficacy of the components used in Arches Tinnitus Formula (ATF) when taken properly. That being said, everyone will respond differently to our product. Our product works best for individuals who have tinnitus due to hearing loss.

We advise that you must try Arches Tinnitus Formula for at least 100 days (4 bottles) to determine its effectiveness. Anecdotally, several ENT docs who prescribe ATF have witnessed improvement in individuals who have chosen to continue to use our product past the recommended 4 bottles. Still, this is a treatment and not a cure, so others see no improvement. Our experience has shown that a great majority of people will not hear a change until at least after 2 or 2 1/2 bottles (50 – 60 days) so please continue to the end to determine if it can be helpful.

Some people have experienced a gradual improvement in their tinnitus. Others, me included, notice a rapid change somewhere in the 2 – 3 month time frame. I remember waking up one morning after about 2 1/2 months and noticing something was different. It took me a few minutes to realize that my ears were much quieter than they previously had been.

Regarding your tinnitus upon awakening, it is very normal to experience more noticeable ringing at that time.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

My friend, Tinnitus

Dear Barry,

I took the four bottles of your Tinnitus Formula which I started back in March. I had one day that I had heard no hissing in my left ear. I gave up and said, “This is not working”. Later I ordered another bottle and gave it another try only to find out I am the same. Did I do something wrong to discontinue and then start over again. I went to my ENT and he said “There is nothing that can be done just live with it think of it as your friend.”

Well I am not too happy about what he said but maybe he is right. Could you give me some feed back as to what I should be doing? I also have positional vertigo that acts up twice a year and I have to go to the ENT doctor and he gives me the positional treatment which works. I also have TMJ which I wear a night guard at night and now I my dentist said to start wearing it during the day to see if that makes it any better.

Thanks for your time.
Joanne V.

Dear Joanne,

I strongly disagree with your Ear, Nose and Throat doctor saying there’s nothing that can be done. This is factually incorrect and the American Tinnitus Association has been trying for several years to discourage ENTs from saying this. While there is no cure, there are many alternative therapies that can be helpful for reducing tinnitus. Arches Tinnitus Formula is one but there are others.

I don’t know if you took the Tinnitus Formula continuously for the four bottles or only took a portion of it. It must be used continuously for 100 days (4 bottles), taking two capsules twice daily, before you can determine its total effectiveness. Starting and stopping will definitely not be helpful.

I suspect your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder may play a strong role in your tinnitus. A night guard worn only at night is a good idea but only the start of TMJ therapy. At the bottom of the above linked article are links to where you can find a TMJ specialist in your area. While these specialists come from the dental field, not all dentists are trained in TMJ therapy. Almost all the therapy options are painless and non-invasive. I think you should see a specialist in your area and go from there. You may find you can significantly reduce your tinnitus.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Law Enforcement Duty Brings 24/7 Tinnitus

Greetings Barry,

I have had tinnitus symptoms for well over 40 years, due to being in law enforcement, and although I used good ear protection during firearm training, I still suffered some of the negative effects of an inner ear injury from constant firearm discharge close to my ears.

This tinnitus manifests itself just in having a low humming noise 24/7, does not interfere with sleep, or otherwise get in my way. I’ve had numerous tests, and all confirm slight loss of my “fine hearing.” Sometimes I forget about the humming noise, because of having this as my constant companion, I just ignore it.

Does your Tinnitus Formula treat the symptoms, ie, cause them to go away as I described in my case?

Thank you in advance,
William S.

Dear William,

I know this sounds like cold comfort, but in the grand scheme of things you are very lucky your tinnitus isn’t worse. I have the same type, due to noise exposure from firing weapons in the Armed Services. I was in the US Army in the days before they wore hearing protection on the firing range. My tinnitus developed into something that definitely changed my life for the worse.

Our flagship product, Arches Tinnitus Formula® (ATF)  effectively reduces the symptoms of tinnitus caused by exposure to noise, however it does not cure it. There is no “cure” for tinnitus and but there is help. ATF reduces tinnitus noise levels  for about 75-80% of those who have tinnitus caused by noise-induced hearing loss, such as you and me. I have maintained a reduction of tinnitus by about 2/3 for over 20 years using Arches Tinnitus Formula. Many of our customers have seen even higher reductions. You can read what some top ENT doctors think of Arches Tinnitus Formula.

Arches Tinnitus Formula with  our proprietary Ginkgo Max 26/7 is clinically proven to reduce tinnitus sounds for the great majority of people who have tinnitus due to hearing loss from noise exposure. Ginkgo Max 26/7 has a higher concentration of the essential components necessary for tinnitus reduction.There is an abundance of clinical studies that show the efficacy of the components used in Arches Tinnitus Formula when used for a period of 3-4 months (4 bottles).

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Arches worked… but are there side effects?

Greetings Barry,

My ear, nose and throat doctor suggested I order your products. I’ve only been using them for about ten days… but I already have a decreased noticeable “quietness.” As early as this is, I kind of feel silly saying it’s worked this fast, but it has. Are there any side effects that your patients have experienced?

Thank you,
Chrisse C.

Dear Chrisse,

This is wonderful news. Some people do see a fast response to Arches Tinnitus Formulas, but only a few. Most people will need to use the product for 2-3 months before they see a significant reduction (This was my experience). You may have had a condition that was directly treatable by our product, such as decreased blood circulation within the ear. Ginkgo biloba increases blood circulation, especially in the capillaries that feed the eyes, ears and brain. I believe you will continue to notice increased improvement over time.

There are very few side effects from Arches Tinnitus Formula. About 0.05% of people have an allergy to Ginkgo biloba. This is usually expressed as stomach upset or rash. Both of these clear up after discontinuing the product. Also Ginkgo biloba can act as a blood thinner and should not be combined with prescription blood thinners without the knowledge and prior approval of the prescribing physician.

Other than these, there are no side effects from any of our products and can be taken with all other medications.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Ginkgo and Ginkgolic Acid

Hi Barry,

As a customer, I would like to know how many parts per million of ginkgolic acid is in your ginkgo used in Arches Tinnitus Formula?

Carol S.

Dear Carol,

This is a great question and one that is seldom asked.

Ginkgolic acid is a by-product that occurs when making Ginkgo biloba extract. It is a powerful allergen and causes allergic reactions. Many inexpensive over-the-counter ginkgo products contain a lot of this fraction of the Ginkgo extract. The standardized form of Ginkgo extract EGb 761 is defined as having less than 5 parts per million. Arches Tinnitus Formula contains less than 1 part per million of ginkgolic acid. This means it is essentially undetectable in testing. Please see our Certificate of Analysis for our specially formulated ginkgo extract, Ginkgo Max 26/7.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Gunshot Tinnitus

Hi Barry,

I have suffered from tinnitus and hearing loss for about seven years because of an explosion (gunshot). I just started consuming Gingko and vitamin B1 a few days ago but it’s not helpful yet. I am wondering if your products can help me with consideration due to explosion as a cause.

Arash T.

Dear Arash,

Thank you for your message. Yes, I believe our products can help you. Arches Tinnitus Formulas are most effective for those who have tinnitus due to noise exposure, like yourself.

I’m glad that you’ve started taking ginkgo and vitamin B-1 but there are some things you should know:

1 – Most over-the-counter ginkgo is not very effective. Consumer Labs tested many major brands and found that 60% did not live up to the specifications for high quality ginkgo.

2 – Even if you do have quality ginkgo, you must take 240 mg twice daily for about three months before you can expect good results.

3 – While vitamin B-1 is very good to use, you should consider a B-Complex vitamin that contains the entire family of B vitamins. These compounds work in coordination with each other to help reduce stress and are much more effective when taken together.

Arches Tinnitus Formula contains Ginkgo Max 26/7,  the highest concentration of Ginkgo biloba extract of any product on the market.  It also contains zinc picolinate and odor reduced garlic, both of which have been shown to be helpful for tinnitus.

I recommend you use the Arches Tinnitus Formula Combo Pack. This contains a three month supply of all our products. By the end of this period your tinnitus should be reduced and you should be feeling better.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Tinnitus Formula for Pulsatile Tinnitus?

Hi Barry,

I have had pulsatile tinnitus for about sixteen years now. I’ve never gotten it looked at, do any of your formulas work for pulsatile tinnitus?

Thank you,

Dear Victoria,

Pulsatile tinnitus is different from tinnitus caused by hearing loss. It is due to turbulent blood flow in an artery close to the cochlea. You are hearing your own heartbeat in your ears. This condition can be treated if the cause of the turbulence can be determined.

Our tinnitus formula works best for tinnitus caused by hearing loss and noise exposure. However, as it states at the end of the article, Arches Tinnitus Formula can be helpful in reducing the intensity of the pulsing. It thins the blood and reduces blood pressure, thereby lowering the turbulence.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

So, what does Tinnitus Formula work on?

Dear Barry,

What causes of tinnitus will your tinnitus formula work on, and how?

Jim B.

Dear Jim,

Thank you for your question. There are many causes of tinnitus and I cannot cover all of them here. However, the two most prevalent causes are Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and injuries to the head and neck. Arches Tinnitus Formula works well with both of these conditions. One prominent ENT physician has tested our products specifically for those people with NIHL and states that 75-80% of those patients are successfully able to lower their tinnitus volume.

On the other hand there are many disease states which can also cause tinnitus. In this case the disease must be treated and tinnitus can be reduced or resolved through treatment.

For more detailed information on exactly how our product works please see our article on Arches Tinnitus Formula: The Science Behind the Product.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Ginkgo for Tinnitus…. And?

Dear Barry,

Does the Ginkgo biloba in your Tinnitus Formula also have the benefits to memory function, etc., that Ginkgo biloba is known to have in general?

I’m taking it for tinnitus, but does it also have other benefits so it is valuable to take it for a number of reasons?

Thanks so much,

Dear Christine,

This is a great question; thanks for sending it to us. It’s a subject we touched on several years ago but haven’t talked about much since then. The answer is yes; all the health benefits normally attributed to Ginkgo biloba can be realized when using Arches Tinnitus Formula. In fact, our new ginkgo, trademarked Ginkgo Max 26/7, is a higher concentration of the active ginkgo ingredients than any other ginkgo extract available. The ginkgo flavone glycosides, terpene lactones and bilobalide are all significantly increased over the normal 24/6 extract.

However, to your point, all the numerous health benefits normally attributed to ginkgo will accrue to users of Arches Tinnitus Formula. Ginkgo has many benefits that include: antioxidant activity, blood vessel and cardiovascular health, improvement in brain function through increased absorption of glucose and oxygen, inhibition of PAF, a leading factor in stroke, improvement in sexual function and action as an anti-depressant.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Severe Bilateral Tinnitus

Dear Barry,

For the past 20 years I’ve suffered from severe bilateral tinnitus. I’m 66 years old and the ringing never stops. Past use of medication for depression and other doctor’s prescriptions may have contributed to my current hearing loss as well as severe tinnitus.

I only heard of your products today from an audiologist in Temple Texas. I use over the counter B-12, but your product may be better for me. I may try all of your products; B-12, Stress, Tinnitus, & Sleep. I have not used your products, but I’d sure like to see if I could get some relief. I’m retired from Federal Service and cannot hold or find a suitable job with my hearing, as well as a nerve disorder. Please let me know more about these products

James J.

Dear James,

Thank you for your question and your interest in Arches Tinnitus Formulas.

I developed these products to help with my own tinnitus. While Vitamin B12 can be helpful for some with tinnitus, our most important product is Arches Tinnitus Formula. If you only use one of our products, this should be the one. It consists of Ginkgo biloba Extract, zinc and odor controlled garlic.

Ginkgo biloba and zinc have both been confirmed in clinical studies to reduce tinnitus. Although they are not a cure, they can be helpful in reducing tinnitus sound levels. This is especially true for those who have tinnitus from hearing loss, like you and me. There are some disease conditions which cause tinnitus and Tinnitus Formula may be helpful for them but not as much as for those with hearing loss, which is the great majority of those with tinnitus. Arches Tinnitus Formula must be used for a minimum of 3 months before you can gauge how effective it will be for you.

We have developed a Ginkgo biloba Extract that has a higher concentration of the active ingredients than you can find anywhere else. We have trademarked this Ginkgo Max 26/7 to distinguish it from the more common extraction termed 24/6. Ginkgo Max 26/7 was designed specifically for people with tinnitus concentrating those ingredients that are most effective in reducing tinnitus. You can read more about Ginkgo Max 26/7 in this article.

Our other products are designed to support the Tinnitus Formula. Our Tinnitus Stress Formula and B12 Formula consist of high dosage B vitamins, which are necessary for the proper functioning of the nervous system. A study conducted in Israel on Army personnel with tinnitus found the majority of them were deficient in Vitamin B12.

Our B12 is an advanced form called methylcobalamin. This is more effective than the older form called cyanocobalamin. The Stress Formula consists of capsules of which you take 2 per day. The B12 Formula is a sublingual lozenge that is allowed to dissolve under the tongue. This is because B12 is poorly absorbed when swallowed but much better absorbed directly from the mouth.

A high dose time-release melatonin helps people sleep better. Because it’s time-release, people are able to stay asleep longer and wake refreshed. Studies have shown melatonin to be very helpful for those with severe tinnitus. Because they sleep better, they are better able to concentrate during the day and feel better, not paying as much attention to the tinnitus sounds.

You can find all of these products and read about what is in them in our Tinnitus Store.

If you would like to read more about me and my struggle with tinnitus, please read Barry Keate’s Story of Tinnitus: Treatment and Relief.

I hope this is helpful for you. If you have any further questions, please send them to me.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

How long does it take Tinnitus Formula to work?

Dear Barry,

I have tried your tinnitus product before (2 bottles), but really did not see any difference. Is there a normal period of time before the formula starts to work?


Dear Steve,

We always recommend you must use Arches Tinnitus Formula for a minimum of 100 days (4 bottles) before you can determine how effective it will be. Trying 1 or 2 bottles will usually not prove effective. Some individuals do see results in that time but we know historically it takes most people longer. Referring doctors tell their patients to try at least 4 bottles before determining total efficacy.  This is one reason why we reduce our price for 4 bottles, saving you $30, to encourage the physician recommended treatment.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Ginkgo and Surgery

Good Morning Barry,

In preparation for a recent minor surgery (outpatient), I was advised to discontinue Ginkgo biloba and any other type of blood thinner two weeks prior to the surgery. I had been taking your Tinnitus Formula with Ginkgo Max for a couple of years thinking that it wasn’t helping much. I was wrong.

After two weeks of discontinuing your product there was a marked increase in my tinnitus. I’ve had other surgeries while taking your product, but was never advised to discontinue Ginkgo, and I was never advised of excessive bleeding. So my question is: Is it really that important to discontinue prior to a surgery?

Three weeks after resuming the use of the product my tinnitus is still at a high volume. I know that you advise that it takes about 90 days before the effects of the product can be realized, so am I looking at that window as well, even though I have been using for several years? Thank you in advance, and greatly appreciate your fine newsletter.

Wishing YOU quiet times,
Doug C.

Hi Doug,

I’m happy the Tinnitus Formula has worked well for you. This happens with quite a few people; the reduction is gradual and not noticed until after it is stopped, when it increases to its previous level.

The warning regarding ginkgo is to stop using Arches Tinnitus Formula two weeks before any surgical procedure. It is printed on our label. Perhaps some people can do with less but it’s impossible to tell which person will have bleeding problems and which won’t. In order to be safe, we caution people about the two week period. I cannot advise you to do this but I usually stop about 7 days before any surgery and have not had problems. Some others might though.

I don’t think you’re going to have to wait 90 days for it to return to the lower level. Impossible to say how long but it should start getting better soon.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Explosive Tinnitus

Hi Barry,

I was in the Army field artillery during the war. Exposed to constant and continuous acoustic trauma of artillery firing, I have both severe hearing loss and severe tinnitus. All the VA can do for me is to give me hearing aids, which do not help the tinnitus. Will your product actually reduce this loud screaming noise in both of my ears? What if it does not reduce the noise level, then what?

Harry A.

Dear Harry,

Arches Tinnitus Formula works best for people like you who have hearing loss-induced tinnitus. A prominent Manhattan ear doctor, Darius Kohan, MD, states that when he recommends Arches to those who have hearing loss and tinnitus, he has a 75% to 80% success rate in reducing tinnitus sound levels. The amount of reduction can vary but its not uncommon to have a 50% reduction or more.

It can take up to three months (four bottles) to get the full benefit so we recommend Arches Starter Kit, a full three-month supply of four bottles at a reduced price.

In the event Arches Tinnitus Formula is not helpful, or if you want to combine it with other therapies, there are several that have been shown to also be helpful. These include biofeedback, acupuncture, sound therapies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Articles on these therapies can be found in our Tinnitus Library. There is a search engine in the upper right-hand corner where you can look for these therapies.

I hope this is helpful and you can reduce the loud sounds you are hearing.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Skeptical Boyfriend with Tinnitus

Hello Barry,

I can see the medical value of your tinnitus formula, but my boyfriend is all “mainstream” and discounts your website. He asked, “How come the medical community does not know about this?” How can I help him understand? What would you say to him to win his confidence?

Thank you,
Cheryl W.

Dear Cheryl,

There are people in the medical community who do know this. You must keep in mind that most ENT doctors are surgeons. That’s how they make their money so that’s what they concentrate on. Many are not well versed in alternative treatments. There are, however, a continuing and growing number of ENTs and other physicians who refer their patients to Arches Tinnitus Formulas based on clinical evidence.

Here’s the monograph on Ginkgo biloba from the German Commission E. The Commission E is similar to our FDA and is a German government agency. Their charter is to review herbs and minerals for therapeutic effects and recommend them based on their findings. They recommend Ginkgo biloba for tinnitus.

Also, here is an article which cites clinical studies conducted on Ginkgo biloba for tinnitus. It clearly shows it is helpful in reducing tinnitus sound levels.

Finally, here’s a clinical study on the use of zinc for tinnitus. Ginkgo biloba and zinc are the two most active ingredients in Arches Tinnitus Formula.

I hope your boyfriend is open to these scientific studies.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Can ATF work on decade-old tinnitus?

Hello Barry,

Could Arches Tinnitus Formula help tinnitus which has been present for over a decade?

Ashley P.

Dear Ashley,

It certainly can. I had tinnitus for almost 20 years before I developed Arches Tinnitus Formula and it has reduced mine by about 2/3. It works especially well for those who have it due to hearing loss, which is the great majority of people with tinnitus. Other conditions can cause it in some people. Conditions such as hypothyroid dysfunction, TMJ or other medical conditions can cause tinnitus. In that case, treatment of the condition will generally reduce or resolve tinnitus.

We have an article about my search for tinnitus relief and the development of ATF in our upcoming newsletter. This article was published Tuesday, May 9 in Quiet Times, our free monthly newsletter. If you would like to subscribe to Quiet Times, there’s a field to enter you email address at the bottom of the every page on our website. I hope it’s very helpful for you.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Tinnitus That Changes Pitch

Hi Barry,

My tinnitus driving me crazy. Sometimes I notice that it changes pitch. Can your Tinnitus Formula help me?

Thank you,

Frances H.

Dear Francis,

I cannot honestly answer that because I don’t know what caused your tinnitus. Most tinnitus is due to hearing loss and our product is very good for that. Hearing loss involves damage to the hair cells in the cochlea of the inner ear.

But there are many other causes of tinnitus for which our product is not very helpful. These include Temporo-Mandibular Joint dysfunction (TMJ), hardening of the bones inside the middle ear (otosclerosis), upper neck problems, low thyroid hormone (hypothyroid), sinus congestion, and others. Your mention of the pitch changing is possibly indicative of another condition causing the tinnitus.

I recommend you get a complete physical check-up to look for conditions that could cause this. Also see an Ear, Nose & Throat physician (ENT) who can administer a hearing test. This test will tell whether your tinnitus is due to hearing loss or another cause.

If it is due to hearing loss, Arches Tinnitus Formula has about an 80% success rate in reducing the sound level and managing tinnitus. Please come back to us at that time and we can send some of our product to you.

Wishing you quiet times,

Barry Keate

Daily dose of ginkgo… what’s normal?

HI Barry,

A few months ago I lost partial hearing in one ear and this has been accompanied ever since by a hissing sound. An MRI scan has shown nothing unusual so would a daily dose of ginkgo help to alleviate the tinnitus and if so, what is the normal daily dose?

Terrence E.

Dear Terence,

Ginkgo biloba has been shown in numerous clinical trials to reduce tinnitus. But you must be careful; most over-the-counter ginkgo products do not contain what is listed on the label. Consumer Labs has found that 77% of ginkgo products on the market lack one or more specific compounds that make it effective.

Arches Tinnitus Formula contains Ginkgo Max 26/7®, our proprietary ginkgo compound that is more highly concentrated and powerful. Here’s a comparison with regular ginkgo.

Arches Tinnitus Formula also contains therapeutic amounts of zinc and odor reduced garlic. Zinc has also been found to be helpful for tinnitus while garlic improves circulation and reduces plaque build-up on artery walls.

Arches Tinnitus Formula with Ginkgo Max 26/7 has been shown in numerous scientific studies to reduce tinnitus sound levels for most people who use it. It is especially helpful for the great majority of people who have tinnitus due to noise exposure and/or hearing loss. It is also helpful for those who have tinnitus due to ototoxic medications. It can take up to three months to get the full effect so we recommend Arches Tinnitus Starter Kit, a full three-month supply of four bottles. You can buy the bottles individually but there is significant cost savings in buying all four at once, you save shipping costs and don’t have to worry about running out during the critical thee-month period.

The correct dosage is four capsules daily; two in the morning and two in the evening. This provides 480 mg Ginkgo Max 26/7, 30 mg zinc picolinate and 600 mg garlic. It is the most effective product on the market for reducing tinnitus sound levels.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

How does Ginkgo help Tinnitus… other than circulation?

Hi Barry,

My doctor is OK with me taking Ginkgo. Though I’m curious how Ginkgo would help me if I don’t have a circulation issue but rather it’s more about dysfunctional neuron activity in my brain.

I’m still going to proceed with purchasing your Tinnitus Formula but was just curious if I would still receive a benefit from this product?

Thanks again,

Dear Adam,

Ginkgo does much more than simply improve circulation. Ginkgo Max 26/7®, used in Arches Tinnitus Formula is the most highly purified ginkgo extract anywhere. It works on tinnitus three unique ways:

1 – It acts as a vasodilator and increases circulation in the capillaries that feed the ears, eyes and brain.

2 – It is also a strong antioxidant. When neurons are damaged they release free radicals, which further damage them. Ginkgo limits this.

3 – The bilobalide content of ginkgo is a powerful glutamate antagonist. This may be the most important aspect of ginkgo. Glutamate is an excitatory neurotransmitter and puts the brain into a super excited state. It is called glutamate excitotoxicity and is the root cause of neuronal damage. Reducing glutamate calms the brain activity that causes tinnitus. Ginkgo Max 26/7 has up to 7 times the bilobalide of most store-bought ginkgo products.

Here’s an article on the Science behind the Product in Arches Tinnitus Formula® that may also be helpful.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Is Ginkgo Really Effective for Tinnitus?

Hi Barry!

Is Ginkgo biloba really effective for tinnitus – even for those cases not caused by high blood pressure? I’m kind of desperate here now, so please tell me that you are not selling this just to make as much money as possible from desperate people (like me) for something that doesn’t help.


Dear Erik,

This is a valid question and deserves a good answer. I’ll try to satisfy your doubts on the issue.

To begin, I have tinnitus and have had it for about 45 years, since my mid-twenties. Arches Tinnitus Formula has successfully reduced my tinnitus by about two-thirds and continues to be effective. It is most effective for the great majority of people who have tinnitus due to hearing loss and/or noise exposure. High blood pressure will aggravate tinnitus but doesn’t cause it. Hearing loss entails damage to the nerves in the inner ear. As such, it is considered nerve damage and there is no current cure. Our product does not “cure” tinnitus (nothing does) but will reduce the sound level and intensity.

But there is more than this anecdotal evidence. There is solid science behind use of the product. The German Commission E, which is similar to the US Food and Drug Administration, has long recommended Ginkgo biloba for tinnitus in a dosage of 240 mg to 720 mg daily. Our dosage of 480 mg daily is right in the middle of their suggestion.

Several scientific studies, published in peer-reviewed articles have clearly shown Ginkgo to be effective for tinnitus. One study published in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment in 2011 clearly demonstrates how high quality ginkgo reduces tinnitus noise.

Another, more recent study, published in Journal of Otolaryngology – ENT Research in 2017 is further proof. Otolaryngologists are Ear, Nose & Throat physicians.

Finally, a study published in Otology & Neurotology (for ear doctors) in 2003, shows the validity of zinc for reducing tinnitus, which is also found in Arches Tinnitus Formula.

There are many bogus products available for tinnitus that claim to be a “cure.” There is no such thing. Some products even claim to be “miracle cures” that will be effective in one or two days. Arches Tinnitus Formula can take up to three months for you to see benefits from the full effect.

I encourage you to ask any of these other companies to provide scientific evidence, such as I have just laid out for you. They will not be able to provide this. Only Arches Tinnitus Formula is a scientifically-based product that is effective for most people who use it.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Chemicals in Ginkgo Extract?

Hi Barry,

I am going through Ativan withdrawal and I’m very sensitive to chemicals, certain foods, OTC drugs, supplements, etc. How is your Ginkgo Biloba extracted? Do you use chemicals to do that? Are there chemicals in Arches Tinnitus Formula?

Thank you,
Cindy L.

Dear Cynthia,

Chemical solvents have to be used in the extraction of any herb. However, the quality of the chemicals is extremely important. Many low cost ginkgo extracts use harsh solvents, such as hexane or acetone, as the chemicals because they are less expensive. These leave toxic residues behind.

Arches Ginkgo Max 26/7®, our trademarked ginkgo extract, uses only water and pure ethyl alcohol. These are completely evaporated during processing and leave no chemical residue.

Also, many ginkgo extracts do not get rid of ginkgolic acid, a powerful allergen that causes many allergic reactions. Ginkgo Max 26/7 goes through a separate process that removes ginkgolic acid. On our Certificate of Analysis, ginkgolic acid is tested at less than 1 ppm (parts per million). This means it is undetectable.

Our proprietary ginkgo extract is the most concentrated, highly refined ginkgo on the world market. It was engineered by us to be the most effective ginkgo for people with tinnitus. Here is the Certificate of Analysis for the Ginkgo Max 26/7. You will not be able to obtain one of these for any other ginkgo product.

There are no chemicals used in the zinc and garlic in the product. All secondary materials used are hypoallergenic and non-toxic.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

How much, how many and how often?

Hi Barry,

How many people who take your product benefit and how many do not? How much and how often does one have to take your product if they have had tinnitus for 3 years and have a high pitch ringing sound? Thank you for answering these questions.

Best wishes,
Scarlett R.

Dear Scarlett,

We opened our doors for business in 1998. Since that time, we’ve helped thousands of individuals reduce their tinnitus noise. Sadly there is no “cure” for tinnitus but statistically we know that 80% of tinnitus comes from hearing loss usually due to noise exposure; whether in one dramatic event or exposure overtime.

Fortunately the ingredients in our Tinnitus Formula have been shown in numerous clinical studies to be effective in reducing the intensity for this type of tinnitus by approximately 65 – 75%.

Your high pitched ringing sound is associated with hearing loss-induced tinnitus, for which Arches Tinnitus Formula with our proprietary Ginkgo Max 26/7® is most effective. Two capsules must be taken in the morning and evening for three months (four bottles) before you can determine how effective it will be for you. We offer four bottles of the product in our Tinnitus Starter Kit, which has reduced pricing from $20 below retail. Buying all 4 also saves on shipping costs, and you don’t have to worry about running out during the critical three month period.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Thanks. And it’s working…

Hey Barry,

No question, I just wanted to thank you and your great work for us tinnitus people. Where else can a layman get this information except for you? I’ve been taking Arches formula for six years or so. In addition to helping with my tinnitus it also has had other positive effects. My hair (what’s left!) and especially my nails grow like crazy and are much thicker; my wife has had the same noticeable results after 2 months. Yes great for tinnitus but I also view the product as a good basic supplement for general health.

Best regards,
Jim K.

Hi Jim,

It’s great to hear you have had such benefits from using Arches Tinnitus Formula. Thanks for sending this to me.

The active ingredients in Arches are Ginkgo biloba extract, zinc picolinate and deodorized garlic. All have shown numerous health benefits besides being good for tinnitus.

Ginkgo biloba has been called the “Elixir of Youth” for its numerous health benefits. These include antioxidant activity, blood vessel health, increased glucose and oxygen to the brain, reduced stroke and anti-depressant activity.

Zinc is necessary to maintain eye and ear health and has a strong supportive role in the immune system.

Garlic thins the blood and reduces plaque build-up in the artery leading to the cochlea. It also exhibits powerful cardiac protection and protects the ear from toxic medications. This article discusses those benefits.

So, here’s to good health and long life. I hope you continue to enjoy the benefits of Arches Tinnitus Formula.

Wishing you quiet times,

Treating tinnitus with ginkgo and B12

Dear Barry,

I got tinnitus 2 months ago out of the blue, I have been trying to deal with it and ignore it but by the night it gets the best of me and I take an anxiety pill to calm down. I started taking ginkgo and B-12 about 5 days ago. Is there anything I can do to quiet this down some. Please any info you can give me would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Dear Fay,

Thanks for sending in your question. You are using ginkgo and vitamin B12 to try and control your tinnitus. I don’t know what quality or quantity of ginkgo you are using. Consumer Labs reports that 75% of commercial Ginkgo biloba does not meet expected potency. Unfortunately, it is an expensive product and many manufacturers try to save money by adulterating the product with less expensive components.

We offer Arches Tinnitus Formula with Ginkgo Max 26/7. This is a higher potency higher concentration ginkgo extract that has been designed by Arches and specifically for people with tinnitus. It is higher in the components that are most helpful for tinnitus. Arches Tinnitus Formula also contains zinc picolinate and odor controlled garlic. Zinc is an important mineral in fighting tinnitus and has been shown to be helpful in reducing it.

The recommended dose of Ginkgo Max 26/7 is 240 mg in the morning and another 240 mg in the evening. It can take up to three months to become fully effective so we recommend using 4 bottles (a 100 day supply) before making the determination of how helpful it will be for you.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Taking Tinnitus Formula with Blood Thinning Meds?

Hey Barry,

Can I take your tinnitus pills with once a day Xarelto?

Carol P.

Dear Carol,

Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a medication the blocks blood clotting substances in the blood. As a result, it increases blood flow and slows blood from clotting in the event of bleeding.

Arches Tinnitus Formula® contains Ginkgo biloba extract, which also increases blood flow and may slow blood clotting.

Arches Tinnitus Formula should not be combined with prescription blood thinners without the prescribing physician’s understanding and approval. There are no dangerous interactions but the effects are cumulative. Since the prescribing physician typically prescribes a dose that will be effective in reducing clotting, you don’t want to add to this. There can be serious bleeding issues involved.

You can combine them if the physician agrees. It will be necessary to reduce the amount of Xarelto to compensate for the Ginkgo biloba and it may take a couple of blood tests to get them in balance.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

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