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Tinnitus Library

Ask Barry - August 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:

Getting to sleep with tinnitus.

Hello, I have ordered your product and am waiting for its delivery. In the meantime, what do other tinnitus sufferers do during those quiet times at night - falling asleep, waking because the tinnitus has gotten louder, then remaining awake the rest of the night. By morning you are just done in and so upset. You spend the rest of the day with lower levels and then it starts all over again at night. There must be some way to get some relief. Can someone there give me advise?

Thanks, Alan Kenny

Dear Alan; This is a common problem people have. Fortunately, there are some things that can help.

It is widely known that the best sound to mask tinnitus is water. You can find inexpensive sound generators for your bedside table that generate sounds of ocean surf, rainfall, bubbling creek and so forth. This should be helpful. They can be found at many department stores or on-line.

I sometimes use Melatonin to ensure a good night’s sleep. I find if I take regular Melatonin, I sleep soundly but wake up very early. I use 3 to 6 mg of time-release Melatonin and I can sleep all night. Melatonin has also shown some promise in regulating tinnitus. It is very inexpensive and can be found in most health food stores.

I used to wake up and not be able to sleep again. I found that a glass of warm milk would put me right out. Milk has Tryptophan, which is a natural tranquilizer and anti-depressant, and warming the milk brings it out.

Hopefully, you won’t have this problem after the Arches Tinnitus Relief Formula begins to be effective. Until then, I hope one of these methods is helpful.

Wishing you quiet times, Barry Keate


Nasal Irrigation for tinnitus.

Hi Barry, I read this month's newsletter (July 2005) and thought I would share my experience. I too felt that at least some of the tinnitus symptoms I've been experiencing were a result of allergy-related Eustachian tube dysfunction, since they're greatly increased this time of year. I went to my doctor, who confirmed that the tubes were definitely dysfunctional, but I wasn't willing to try the steroid nasal sprays. Oral allergy medications (even prescription-strength) had no effect, nor did over-the counter decongestants and antihistamines. I decided to try a naturopathic approach and purchased a neti pot for cleansing the sinuses with warm salt water. At first I didn't have much hope that this would work, since the water doesn't actually run through the Eustachian tubes, but to my surprise I found that it really does help. After doing this once a day for 5 days the tinnitus is significantly reduced (over 50%) to a much more bearable level. I would definitely recommend this approach to anyone with Eustachian tube dysfunction.

Nora Hill

Dear Nora; Thank you for sharing your experience. Neti pots and the process of nasal irrigation has been used by practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine in India for a thousand years. There are many basic types available on the Internet. But because you must tilt your head back to pour the salt water through the nose it can be a little messy. One "high tech" version of the neti pot I have seen at ENT conventions is called Nasaline and it works similar to a neti pot but uses a large, soft rubber syringe to inject the saline solution through the nose. Regardless of which type you use, it seems to be a simple solution to a vexing problem.

Wishing you quiet times, Barry Keate


Non US approved antidepressant worked on tinnitus.

Hi Barry While suffering from depression last year I was prescribed Lantanon (mianserin) which did nothing for the depression but eliminated my tinnitus completely. However I put on some weight from the Lantanon and seeing as though it was not effective for depression I stopped it and my tinnitus returned. Any ideas how it worked for the tinnitus and what other similar treatment could work based on the same mode of action? I have tried numerous other antidepressants which aggravate the tinnitus and other antihistamines which have no effect. If the Lantanon was so effective then there must be something else that would be effective too without weight gain side effect. I am currently taking Prozac for depression which sends my tinnitus through the roof so I have to dampen it down with Lantanon. Taking all this medication is getting me down. Please help!

Sincerely Susan Cape Town, South Africa

Dear Susan; I am not a physician and not entirely familiar with these products. One thing I do know is that Prozac often causes or worsens tinnitus and I suggest you discuss with your doctor discontinuing usage.

Lantanon is not approved for use in the US so there is no information about it in the US Physician's Desk Reference. I did find out quite a bit about it online. One of the reasons it may have helped your tinnitus is because it has some sedative effect. It is a member of the piperazino-azepine group of anti-depressants.

Another member of this group is Remeron. Remeron is often used by tinnitus patients and does not aggravate tinnitus. I have heard many positive reports from people using this medication. Because it is a member of the same piperazino-azepine group, it most likely has similar sedative effects and may be equally effective with your tinnitus.

You can read more about Remeron by clicking here. http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic/mirtaz.htm

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.