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Ask Barry - August 2011

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.

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This Month's Questions:

Tinnitus reduced with Iron

Hi Barry, My level of iron was found to be low so I started taking prescription Ferrous fumarate and quickly found my tinnitus improved dramatically and has continued to do so. Could it be so for a lot of people?

Regards. Brian L.

Dear Brian, Congratulations on treating your tinnitus so effectively! You must feel very relieved.

This is the first time I have heard of this and have not seen it in any of the literature. So, I did a bit of research and found corroborating evidence that iron deficiency can play a role in hearing loss and tinnitus.

One study conducted in the People's Republic of China showed that iron therapy helped those afflicted with sudden hearing loss. Fifty three percent of patients had substantial hearing improvement.

Another study, also from China, measured red cell basic ferritin in patients with hearing loss. Ferritin is a protein that stores iron and releases it into the bloodstream. The amount of stored ferritin reflects the amount of stored iron. The results showed that ferritin concentrations were significantly lower in people with sensorineural hearing loss compared to those with normal hearing.

Based on these studies, it would seem natural that iron therapy would help reduce tinnitus for those with low iron.

Thanks very much for sending this in. It may make good material for a future article.

Wishing you quiet times, Barry Keate

Options for Long Term Tinnitus

Dear Barry, I have had tinnitus for over 12 years. Noise induced apparently. I have tried it all. Elavil, Xanax, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) and even visited Dr. Shemesh in Israel! The last three years it hasn’t been too bad but in the last three weeks I have noticed it has increased dramatically. I don’t know if its stress or what (I don’t feel stressed but I have a lot of college bills to pay for the kids and my dad is dying of bone cancer and is in hospice – plus the economy is horrible. So maybe I am stressed).

My question is whether Arches can help for people like me that have had this for a long time. A lot of your users have had it for less than a year and it is my understanding that generally it goes away for most people within a year.

After that, should I try the TRT again? I still have the maskers or would Neuromonics be faster? Any thoughts would be appreciated as traditional medicine has failed me.

Thank you in advance for your time! Roy M.

Dear Roy, Thanks for your message. It helps if the tinnitus is short term but not necessary. I had severe tinnitus for over 15 years before I developed and started using this product and it has reduced mine by about 2/3. I can't promise that you will have as good results, but it is definitely possible.

I would recommend Neuromonics over TRT; it doesn't take the same degree of commitment and works in less time.

There are certainly other therapies to try. What works for one person won't work for another and vice versa, what doesn't work for one person will work for another. You have to try them one by one to find the correct therapy. Arches Tinnitus Formula is a good starting point because it is relatively inexpensive, easy to use and uses clinically proven ingredients.

Dr. Michael Seidman allowed us to publish his tinnitus treatment protocol where he moves from one therapy to another and progresses from easy to more aggressive treatments. I encourage you to read it.

Wishing you quiet times, Barry Keate

Ear Infection, Cochlear Damage & Tinnitus

Hi Barry: My tinnitus started after a plane ride home from England and an ear infection after arriving back. I've had it since May 9th. I went to the ENT and he indicated I have fluid in the ear and put me on Omnaris nasal spray to try to dry it up. I've been on it for a month and it doesn't seem to help. He also says that if it doesn't work I can have it drained but still may have tinnitus although it should lessen. I also understand it could take 3 months for an ear infection to clear up; I've had it for 2 months to date.

Mine is a hissing noise and doesn't subside and also have a chugging noise in my right ear which sounds like a boat is coming in. My ENT never mentioned any cochlear damage when visiting him. I was wondering how do you know if your cochlea is damaged and what tests are performed to find out?

Thanks for any advice/information. It gets very confusing checking things out on the Internet as there is information overload. It is good to contact someone who is familiar with tinnitus.

Thank you, Anne M.

Hi Anne, Your tinnitus is almost certainly caused by the ear infection and fluid build-up in the ear. Once this is cleared the tinnitus should be greatly reduced or completely resolved. It takes up to three months for the nasal sprays to work so stay with it. Many times the physician will also recommend an antihistamine. Your ENT is right in saying if it doesn't clear up, a shunt can be inserted to drain the fluid.

Cochlear damage can be determined by an audiogram looking for conductive hearing loss. In this test they compare hearing by bone conduction and air conduction. This may sound confusing but is actually quite simple. If you hear well by bone conduction, when sounds are generated in the bone and travel to the cochlea, there is no damage to the cochlea. But, if you hear well by bone conduction but not by air conduction, that leads to the conclusion there is an obstruction in the hearing pathway. This is called otitis media and can be reversed by the treatment your doctor is recommending.

I hope this is helpful and you fully recover.

Wishing you quiet times, Barry Keate