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Ask Barry - February 2007

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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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.

TRF during pregnancy? Hi Barry, I use your products and plan to be pregnant. Should I stop using your Tinnitus Relief Formula? Is there any problem that gingko biloba may cause during pregnancy (to the baby)? Please let me know.

Thanks, Azucena

Dear Azucena, Thank you for your question. It is very important for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding to be aware of everything they take into their bodies and the possible effects they will have on unborn children and infants. Fortunately, there is no reason to worry about using ginkgo when pregnant or breastfeeding. Health24.com, a health-based website had the following to offer on this subject:

Pregnant women can take the Ginkgo Biloba leaf extract with no known risk of side effects. It is useful for pregnant women suffering from high blood pressure, poor circulation and concentration problems. Ginkgo Biloba will also support the immune system and pregnant women would be less likely to suffer from all sorts of infections so prevalent during pregnancy. Ginkgo Biloba is safe for breastfeeding women. The Chinese herbalists suggest that Ginkgo Biloba encourages milk flow. It will also help for the inflammation associated with mastitis (inflammation/infection of the breasts) and congestion of the breast tissue.

One of my favorite sources for herbal information is the German Commission E. They are the government body of scientists and researchers in Germany who are responsible for determining safety and efficacy of herbal compounds. They note that there are no restrictions known for women who are pregnant or lactating. You can view their monograph on Ginkgo biloba in our Tinnitus Library.

Zinc is the other primary ingredient in the Arches Tinnitus Relief Formula. Zinc is an essential mineral and acts as a strong anti-oxidant within the body. Many nutritionists think Zinc is the most important mineral supplement because it is commonly deficient in the diet and is essential for so many enzyme systems and the normal functioning of the immune system. There is no concern about using Zinc when pregnant or breast feeding.

Wishing you quiet times, Barry Keate


Normal symptoms for tinnitus? Dear Barry, I’ve had a mild case of tinnitus for over 25 years (caused by exposure to loud machinery). It has not been a problem until just a couple of months ago. During my recovery from a severe injury I experienced a large step change in the ringing in my right ear. The volume and frequency of the ringing is sometimes so loud that it actually hurts. Also what I find disturbing is that the ringing is dynamic, meaning that sometimes it is very loud and then changes and becomes just barely noticeable. Many times when the ringing is at its worst I also experience what feels like pressure in my head (possibly sinus). I’ve had an MRI and it came back normal. Does this sound like a common condition and what are the chances that your formula will help?

Thank you, Tim

Dear Tim, Did you suffer from whiplash? If so, this could be the cause. Dr. Klaus Claussen in Germany is one of the world’s premier scientists in the field of whiplash injury. He says it frequently causes tinnitus and he treats both conditions with Ginkgo biloba, found in Arches Tinnitus Formula.

However, there also may be an issue with sinuses, as you say, or plugged Eustachian tubes. This can be due to inflammation and reducing the swelling will also reduce the tinnitus. Inner ear specialist and tinnitus authority, Michael Seidman, MD, typically treats this with a prescription nasal spray, such as Flonase or Rhinocort, and an antihistamine, when appropriate. In severe cases he inserts a tube through the ear and drains the middle ear and Eustachian tube. You should be checked by an ENT physician to determine if this is adding to the problem.

The chances our formula will help you are the same as for most others with tinnitus. You can read about Dr. Seidman, his endorsement and his experience with Arches Tinnitus Formulas by clicking on his name.

Wishing you quiet times, Barry Keate


Machine gun-induced tinnitus

Barry, I'm in Federal Law Enforcement and participated in a training course involving firing various machine guns. My hearing prior to the exercise was excellent, however during the numerous rounds of fire I heard nothing but ringing in my ears. A few others experienced tinnitus as well, however theirs subsided and mine never did. I was wearing EAR PLUGS because muffs were not available. (FYI: I always use muffs). I was diagnosed with acute acoustic trauma. The ENT advised that I probably severed or severely damaged the "hairs" located in the inner ear.

I've read about your product and recently purchased the Arches Combo Pack". As a result of sustaining this type of injury, do you think that I will ever recover. My tinnitus varies a little, but mainly it's rather loud. I can only listen to music at a very low level now but my ears are hypersensitive. I've read some articles regarding stem cell research and the ability to regrow the sensory "hairs" within the inner ear. Have you heard of this and if so, what is your opinion?

Thanks, Bobby

Dear Bobby,

I'm sorry this has happened to you. It is very common among law enforcement and service personnel that they do not wear adequate hearing protection because it prevents them hearing warnings or commands. There are hunter's ear muffs that allow sound to pass through but anything above a certain decibel level is completely squelched. I've worn these and they're pretty amazing; you can hear a leaf crackle but not a gunshot.

I think there is a good chance you will recover. I wish you had mentioned how recently the incident occurred. About 25% of causes of acoustic trauma will spontaneously recover. If it's been longer than about three months, the chances of recovery lower. However, Arches Tinnitus Formulas should at least reduce the sound level. Studies show that tinnitus of duration less than one year has a better prognosis and treating with Arches TRF is more effective. Even so, I had tinnitus for twenty years before starting and mine is reduced by 70%. I hope you have the same result.

Stem cell research shows great promise. However, it will be some time before it can be put into practice. We have an article in our Info Center on researchers who have already been able to differentiate stem cells in mice to produce hair cells.

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.