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Ask Barry - November 2003

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I developed tinnitus 2 months ago. I feel I can directly relate it to an airplane flight I had two months ago. The engines were very noisy and I had a hard time hearing the movie so I raised the volume on the head phones. As soon as I got home and it was quiet I could hear ringing in my ears. I never had a problem with my hearing before that flight. Could the ringing go away? I have ordered your products. I also went to an ENT and he wants me to take Klonopin 0.5 MG three times a day for 20 days. I am afraid to take the drug because of side effects I read. What does the drug do ? Can it take away the ringing? Please help! I look forward to your response.


Dear Dennis;

Thanks for your question. Your tinnitus could very definitely have been caused by the plane flight. It’s also possible you previously had a very low level tinnitus that you hadn’t noticed and the plane flight aggravated it. There’s a definite possibility that it may go away on its own.

I would do as your doctor advises and take the Klonopin. It is commonly referred to as an anxiolytic, what we have previously called tranquilizers. The potential side effects for every medication are very scary, if you read them all. However, Klonopin is one of the best with very few side effects. I’ve never heard of anyone having a negative effect. It is mildly addictive, that’s probably why your doctor recommended a 20 day period.

Klonopin exhibits anti-seizure and anti-panic properties and is a very good calming agent. It is used along with Neurontin by Dr. Abraham Shulman in his tinnitus treatment protocol. As used by Dr. Shulman, Klonopin is very helpful for tinnitus and I believe it can aid in reducing tinnitus sound levels. It will not interfere with Arches Tinnitus Relief Formula™ and I would advise using both.

Wishing you quiet times,

Barry Keate

Hi Barry,

My son, Sean was exposed to loud music at a concert on April 1, 2003 and has had tinnitus since that day. He has tried Ring Stop (a homeopathic remedy); Gingko Phytosome; B-12, Zinc; and Eskimo 3. The ringing still persists. He's a freshman at UCLA, and the greatest punishment is being inflicted on him by not being able to attend any athletic event or where there's loud noise or music!! He is an avid sports fan and loves music. The concert he attended on 4/1 was his first ever! I'm very interested in the Low Level Laser Therapy for him. Is it available in the US? How can I get a hold of Dr. Lutz Wilden in Germany? I also read the article on The Promise of Caroverine. How can I get a hold of Professor Klaus Ehrenberger at the University of Vienna? My son has been to 2 ENT's and both have told him to learn to live with it! He's had a hearing test and there's no hearing loss. He took the Ring Stop for 3 months and experienced small relief. I'm sorry to say that I do not know much about your Formula. Is it similar in ingredients to Ring Stop? Thank you so much. My husband and I are both living through this nightmare along with our son. He's too young.....

Rose Donohue

Dear Rose;

Thank you for your message. I’m very sorry to hear about your son as I’ve gone through the same thing he is now. I’m sure it’s very difficult for him and it may be affecting his studies and social life.

I can not say if RingStop can be very effective for tinnitus. There has never been a clinical study on the effectiveness of any homeopathic product for tinnitus because there isn’t a researcher who believes there is any connection. On the other hand, there have been numerous clinical studies on ginkgo and zinc for tinnitus, the great majority of them being positive.

There are two problems with purchasing ginkgo and zinc in the health food stores. One is the issue of quality. Since the FDA does not regulate dietary supplements in the US, there is no guarantee that what you want is what you get. Consumer Labs has tested over 100 over-the-counter brands of ginkgo and found less than half of them contain what’s listed on the label. Even among those who do include standardized product, there’s still a wide variety of quality. Only 3 ginkgo products sold in the US would be allowed for sale in Germany, where they monitor quality very closely. Ours is one of them. The problem with zinc is not so great. Any good brand of chelated zinc will be effective.

The other problem is dosage. Virtually no one in the US, unless they’ve studied tinnitus carefully, knows the correct dosage of ginkgo and zinc to use. The correct dosage is 480 mg per day of ginkgo, taken in two divided dosages, and 50 mg of chelated zinc.

B-Complex vitamins can also be helpful for reducing stress, fighting depression, producing energy and generally making the person feel better. B-12 is different in that it is extremely difficult to absorb and must be taken as a sublingual, a tablet that dissolves under the tongue. This provides the best absorption short of an injection.

There are many possible therapies, including the low level laser and Caroverine. I don’t have any contact information for either of these. However, a quick search on Google turned up this site for Dr. Wilden, and many sites for Dr. Ehrenberger.

I believe our products will be helpful for your son although we cannot guarantee it. Dr. Seidman states that his experience is that 10% of people using our products have a complete reduction of sound, on the other end, 10% have no change, and 80% have a reduction which varies by the individual. He recommends that people use them for a full 3 months before they determine the degree of relief our products will provide.

I think your son should start avoiding loud environments, however difficult that may be. He can use inexpensive ear plugs at concerts and sports events and try to stay away from loud noise unless he has them in.

Wishing you quiet times,

Barry Keate