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Tinnitus Library

Ask Barry - April 2005

Do you have questions about tinnitus, our products or specific treatments? Ask Barry. Arches President Barry Keate will select the most representative questions each month publication. Regardless all questions will receive a personal reply from Barry.

ASK BARRY Tinnitus expert, Barry Keate, answers your questions about Tinnitus Search our Tinnitus Library Center or FAQs

NOTE: Ask Barry is pleased to be able to answer your questions based upon the information we have available. Our answers to your email inquiries are not substitutes for a physician's advice nor are they reviewed by a physician. If you are under a physician's care, please share with your doctor any suggestions you have received from Ask Barry

This Month's Questions:

Calcium for tinnitus?

Hi, Barry. I have heard an extremely potent type of calcium with a high elemental calcium number can help reduce tinnitus. I have also read calcium supports the nervous system and for the type of tinnitus that I have been diagnosed with, perhaps it can help me stay calm when it is perhaps at its worst. Your thoughts are appreciated.

Thanks, Scott

Dear Scott;

This is a very good question and I appreciate you sending it. Mineral supplementation is very important for people with tinnitus. We have not addressed this lately so now seems a good time. I don’t know about the particular product you found but here are some general comments.

Calcium and magnesium are both helpful for tinnitus. Calcium enhances neural transmission. In conjunction with magnesium, calcium also plays a vital role in the regulation of electrical impulses in the central nervous system. It is also necessary for the activation of various hormones and enzymes required for proper digestion and metabolism, as well as preventing osteoporosis and colon cancer.

According to a panel of experts assembled by the National Institutes of Health, half of American adults are not getting enough calcium. The report also states that the recommended daily allowance for calcium is too low. The current RDA is 800 mg for adults, 1,200 mg for premenopausal women and 1,500 mg for postmenopausal women.

Magnesium is essential for the function of important enzymes involved in the replication of DNA. It is required for cellular energy metabolism and has an important role in membrane stabilization and nerve conduction. Magnesium deficiency results in a variety of metabolic abnormalities including tinnitus.

Magnesium has been shown to prevent hearing loss among military recruits exposed to high levels of impulse noise. It is also a potent glutamate antagonist. As we learned from the article on MSG, glutamate plays a central role in the development of many neurological diseases including tinnitus.

Clinical studies do not, as yet, support usage of calcium and magnesium. However, Dr. Seidman reports that several tinnitus patients had improvement in tinnitus after supplementing with these two minerals for several months. Dosages ranged from 1,000 to 1,500 mg of calcium and 400 to 600 mg of magnesium daily. Please remember that all minerals should be chelated (combined with an amino acid) to enhance absorption.

Wishing you quiet times, Barry Keate


Omega-3 helped him... Dear editor,

I'd like to share with you something that seems to have helped my tinnitus to disappear. I developed tinnitus in 2000. I sought help from 2 medical doctors, from an acupuncturist and a reflexologist to no avail. I have had tinnitus since then.

At the later part of last year (2004), probably October, I started taking Omega-3 and an Evening Primrose oil capsules to address my hair loss problem. Coincidentally, I read later from your newsletter that Omega 3 seems to have a calming effect on the nerves.

After a month of taking Omega 3 and evening primrose oil, I noticed that the ringing sound in my ears have lessened, now, 4 months later, it's almost gone. I cross my fingers hoping that my tinnitus would completely be cured and would remain that way for life.

Reynaldo.

P.S. I also avoid eating hot/chili augmented food.

Dear Reynaldo, Thank you for your message and I'm delighted you were able to reduce the tinnitus so effectively. I'm sure others would like to hear about this as well. We recently published an article on the benefits of Omega-3 for tinnitus which can be viewed by clicking here.

Wishing you quiet times, Barry Keate


Flying with Meniere's... Dear Barry, I have been suffering with Tinnitus and Meniere's Disease for 7 years, I started taking Arches Tinnitus Combo Pack around 2 months ago and it has helped me, I do get occasional days when my ears do bother me but for the most part they are much better. I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me. I will admit that at first I was skeptical, but thank God I gave it a try,it has made my life so much better. I also wanted to ask you a question, I'm going on vacation in May and I have to fly, I'm worried that the pressure from the plane is going to make my ears act up again, is there any information you can give me on the effects of flying with Tinnitus and Meniere's Disease?

Thank you,

Beth

Dear Beth I'm glad our products have provided you some relief. I contacted Dr. Seidman with your question. He replied that most people with Meniere’s disease don’t have problems flying. However, there is a chance the pressure changes can affect balance. He suggested you take an antihistamine before boarding and wear ear plugs. You should be fine.

Wishing you quiet times, Barry Keate

NOTE: Ask Barry is pleased to be able to answer your questions based upon the information we have available. Our answers to your email inquiries are not substitutes for a physician's advice nor are they reviewed by a physician. If you are under a physician's care, please share with your doctor any suggestions you have received from Ask Barry.