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Ask Barry - November 2006

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:

Got tinnitus... now what? HI Barry, I have recently have been diagnosed with tinnitus. I have seen two specialists and was not very happy with the results I've been told. I was unaware what tinnitus was until this happened. At this time I can only hope that there will be a solution in the future. Can you give me some helpful hints to start off with?

I've had the ringing for about six months now. I had been searching the Internet looking for some help through this, and that's how I found you. I am forty years old and about 250lbs. And recently it seems that the ringing is getting worse. not sure if it's my diet or what. Anything you can say would help.

Thanks, Kevin Kitrick

Dear Kevin, Sadly, many ENT doctors aren’t very knowledgeable about tinnitus therapy. There are actually several avenues of approach and I’m convinced that the great majority of tinnitus sufferers will find relief if they apply themselves and search out different remedies. Sometimes one thing will accomplish a reduction and sometimes a combination approach works best.

There are so many things that are helpful for tinnitus that I can’t mention them all here. Instead, I will refer you to our website. At the top of each page is a navigation button marked Tinnitus Library. In this section are clinical studies on the components used in Arches Tinnitus Formulas and about 40 articles on different aspects of tinnitus and treatment options.

Diet is right at the top of the list of approaches. You mentioned your weight but nothing else about your physical make-up. If you are overweight, you should improve once the extra pounds are shed. Dr. Seidman states that those with tinnitus should reduce or eliminate intake of high fat foods, high sugar foods, nicotine, caffeine and alcohol. I usually add that pre-packaged and fast foods should be avoided. These are loaded with trans-fats, salt and flavor enhancers that are usually neurotoxic. These flavor enhancers, Aspartame and MSG primarily, can cause neuro-degenerative diseases such as MS, Parkinson’s disease, Epilepsy, ALS and tinnitus.

The articles in the Tinnitus Info section are pretty much alphabetically arranged. I recommend you begin with Diet and Tinnitus, Neurotoxins and Tinnitus, Parts I and 2, and Sugar Metabolism and Tinnitus. After that you can read about the various other strategies for reducing the sound.

Arches Tinnitus Formulas are also very helpful for most people in reducing sound level. Michael Seidman, MD endorses our products and states that 10% of people have a complete reduction, 10% have no change and 80% will have a reduction that varies by the individual. I have had about a 70% reduction in my tinnitus since I started using the products.

I hope this is helpful for you.

Wishing you quiet times, Barry

Good life with low salt Hi Barry, I hope you print this. I lost 90% of the hearing in my left ear and at the same time I started having loud noises in that ear. Two weeks after the loss of hearing I started a four year stretch of vertigo that could come on at any time. After four years of this misery I read that salt may be a culprit that causes vertigo. I had a chance encounter with a person that also had vertigo until he cut out salt.

One month after reducing salt as much as possible I reduced my vertigo spells to one a week. Then within two months my spells of dizziness ended. From the end of 2005 to October 2006 I have not had a vertigo attack except for the two incidents after eating corn beef two days in a row (St Pats) and at Easter I had ham two days in a row. I have stopped eating boxed dinners which are high in sodium and Campbell's soup is not on my list of good food. Salted nuts, bacon and other things I like have been eliminated. I got my life back, I hope this helps someone else.

Paul D Russell

Dear Paul,

Thank you for your note. I’m very happy you’ve had such a good reaction to reduced salt. We advise everyone with tinnitus and/or vertigo to reduce salt and your experience will be inspiring for many of them.

Wishing you quiet times, Barry

Possible treatment for tinnitus? Hi Barry, I have been reading some amazing things about a device called the PAPIMI or PAP Ion Magnetic Inductor. It was developed in Greece about two decades ago and has been credited with a variety of healing properties for neuromuscular problems.

I have been in contact with a PAPIMI therapist in Pennsylvania who claims to have had some success in treating hearing loss and tinnitus with the device including his own which resulted from ototoxic antibiotics he was on for a dental problem. A doctor of Osteopathy in California makes reference to a 32 year old patient who was deafened at the age of two by antibiotics but regained significant hearing through PAPIMI therapy:

Unfortunately I have not been able to find any documented clinical studies corroborating the efficacy of the PAPIMI device in improving hearing. Supposedly PAPIMI is approved for human medical use in Europe but the FDA still considers it to be an investigational device. Anyway, I was wondering if you or any of your readers have come across any reference materials related to the PAPIMI or have any personal experiences with the device.

Thanks Jeff

Dear Jeff, I have not heard of the PAPIMI device before. I went through the links you sent and it seems like it may be effective, but, as you say, there are no clinical trials to date.

They seem to compare the Ion Magnetic Inductor to repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) which has been used successfully for tinnitus, epilepsy and depression in Europe. We published an article on rTMS that can be seen at our Tinnitus Information Center.

The PAPIMI device seems to be effective for epilepsy although the only study was on one person who had epilepsy due to a benign mass. One person does not a clinical study make. The idea of something effective for epilepsy being also effective for tinnitus resonates with me. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, wrote in 400 BC that “Tinnitus is the little brother of epilepsy”. Today, most researchers believe tinnitus is an epileptic-like condition of the Cerebral Cortex. I believe anything effective for epilepsy could also be effective for tinnitus.

However, rTMS has not been shown to be clearly helpful for all people with tinnitus. Michael Seidman, MD, who endorses the Arches products, states that rTMS only penetrates about 2 cm below the skull and the Cerebral Cortex lies 5-10 cm below. He believes that implanting electrodes is the best way to alleviate these conditions. This is very invasive and only conducted on people with severe, disabling tinnitus. Even then, it is still considered experimental and is very rare.

In my opinion, the jury is still out on this device and rTMS. However, I don’t believe either is harmful and may be helpful. I simply don’t know.

Wishing you quiet times, Barry

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.