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Ask Barry - October 2003

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Hi Barry,

I read an article recently about the use of LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy) to reduce or eliminate tinnitus. My husband suffers from tinnitus and has used your products for about a year with limited success. He is desperate for relief.


Dear KB;

Hello and thanks for your question. Yes, we’ve heard of Low Level Laser Therapy and believe it may hold promise. There have been several studies in Europe on LLLT, some including the use of Ginkgo biloba, and the results are largely positive.

Dr. Michael Seidman* has written about this therapy and his comments are below.

In the cochlea, all of the auditory processes require energy in the form of ATP. It takes place in the auditory cells of the cochlea and is connected with movements of hair-like receptors on the cellular membrane and other processes within the cells of the inner ear. ATP is produced by the mitochondria inside each cell. If the cochlea is acutely or chronically over strained, its sensory cells and their various cellular organs are affected as well, and they inevitably lose part of their functional capacity. The cells are suffering from a lack of ATP. This continuous lack of ATP within the inner ear cells of the cochlea leads to either a gradual or sudden impairment of the entire hearing organ.

Using low-level laser therapy, Dr. Lutz Wilden in Germany, has been able to produce a positive biological reaction regardless of the dysfunction involved in the inner ear. The electromagnetic energy released by the oxidation of nutrients is utilized as a source of primary energy for the production of the cellular fuel ATP.

The mitochondria can - in addition to the absorption of the released metabolic energy - utilize both the photons of the natural solar radiation (apparent bio-stimulative effect of sunlight on human cells) and the photons of low-level laser light (clinically proven bio-stimulative effect of low level laser light on human cells) as a source of primary energy. Dr. Wilden uses two separate beams on the mastoid bone and one beam down the ear canal simultaneously. This delivers a calculated 4 j/cm2 to the cochlea.42 The additional ATP triggered by the light may have some healing value for the damaged inner ear hair cells. This therapy may be more beneficial in patients in the early stages of tinnitus as it may have more benefit in damaged cells than dead ones.

Additionally, we have heard some positive responses from people who have undergone this therapy. LLLT may prove to be helpful and will work well in conjunction with Arches Tinnitus Relief Formula. We believe these therapies will potentiate each other so the end result will be better progress than either therapy alone.

Wishing you quiet times,

Barry Keate

*Editor's note: Michael Seidman is Co-Director of the Tinnitus Center for the Henry Ford Healthcare System located in Michigan. He is considered one of the top tinnitus specialists in the country. He prescribes Arches Tinnitus Formulas to many of his patients.