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Ask Barry Questions on Tinnitus - April 2016

Do you have questions about tinnitus, our products or specific treatments? Ask Barry. Arches President and tinnitus authority, Barry Keate, will select the most representative questions each month for publication. All questions will receive a personal reply from Barry.

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MD’s Advice: Live With It

Hi Barry,

My sister has been told by her MD that she will need to live with her tinnitus because there is nothing that can be done about it.  I am very sad about that comment and believe that no doctor should ever tell a patient such negative comments about any medical problem.

Appreciate your thoughts on this.

Geraldine K.

Dear Geraldine,

I’m very sorry your sister had to hear that, especially since it is 100% wrong. Doctors are like everyone else; there are some brilliant ones and there are some real knuckleheads. This just shows her doctor is not at all versed in tinnitus causes and potential treatments.

It is true that there is no “cure” for tinnitus; at least for the type caused by hearing loss and nerve damage in the cochlea (the great majority of cases). That does not mean that nothing can be done to help reduce the noise.

There are many things that can help reduce the sound level. Arches Tinnitus Formulas have been shown in clinical trials to help reduce tinnitus for most people who have it due to hearing loss.

Other treatments involve everything from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to acupuncture, biofeedback, even Yoga. All have been shown in trials to be quite effective in reducing, but not curing, tinnitus. Diet has a huge influence on tinnitus and eating a healthy diet can go a long way towards relief.

Dr. Michael Seidman is one of the premier ENT physicians in the US and treats many tinnitus patients. He states he can help, but not cure, up to 90% of his patients. He gave us his Tinnitus Treatment Protocol which enumerates the steps he goes through in evaluating and treating his patients. This protocol is in an article you can view here.

I hope this is helpful and gives your sister some hope for a better and quieter future.

Wishing your sister quiet times,

Barry Keate

Anxiety and Tinnitus

Hi Barry,

I just got tinnitus almost two months ago in my left ear, it's led to a lot of anxiety and searching for answers. Not much out there except calming myself down and trying to ignore it. I started taking some Ativan .05 for anxiety mostly in the evening just to calm down. I was going through a lot of stress before and I'm thinking that is what brought it on. I will get some of your herbs to see if it can help. Are there certain foods that make it worse? Do you think the Ativan is hurting me?

Thank you,


Dear Fay,

There’s nothing wrong with taking some Atavan for a period of time to calm down. The dosage you are using is the lowest available and should be OK. Please know though, that benzodiazepine medications, such as Atavan, are pretty highly addicting and need to be increased over time. If the dosage is not increased, the very symptoms for which it was taken will come back even worse than before. These medications are supposed to be used for a few weeks only.

I’m sure you do have a lot of anxiety and this is adding to the tinnitus. Stress is the #1 aggravator of tinnitus and will turn a level 3 (on a scale of 10) into a level 7 or 8. So the advice to calm down is right on. I know it’s hard to do, especially when you just got this, but it will help. B Vitamins are important to take daily when dealing with stress. Our Stress and B-12 formulas can be very helpful when taken with our Tinnitus Formula. You can save over $40 when buying them in the Tinnitus Combo Pack.

Most people will adjust to tinnitus over time and it will become moderated. Don’t panic as it will most likely get better.

There are definitely dietary concerns. Most people with tinnitus are insulin resistant or diabetic. Going on a diet suitable for Type II diabetics will help reduce tinnitus. In fact, it may even resolve it. If this applies to you, please investigate changing your diet.

Salt will also make tinnitus worse. It raises blood pressure, constricts the blood vessels and reduces blood flow to the cochlea. If I eat a salty meal my tinnitus will get worse for several hours.

We published an article on diet and tinnitus that may be helpful for you.

Wishing you quiet times,

Barry Keate

New Babies Stress Wife’s Tinnitus

Dear Barry,

My wife is suffering from sensation of sound “flowing” into her ear. This does not happen 24/7. It only happen at certain times, like when she feels stressed. We were blessed with twins recently. Please help. How can I help my wife to get this problem resolved?

Thank you,


Dear Aravind,

Congratulations on your new babies! I have 7-year old twin granddaughters so I know the havoc and confusion that can reign with two new babies.

I believe your wife does not have a serious case of tinnitus. If it only occurs when she’s stressed, it’s pretty mild. Stress is a major aggravator of tinnitus and always makes it worse.

I think she should be able to control her tinnitus through diet and exercise. It is very important to know which foods aggravate tinnitus and which are good for you. One study showed almost 90% of people with tinnitus have sugar metabolism disorders such as insulin resistance or even diabetes. People with tinnitus should avoid sugary foods and especially sodas, which contain more sugar than almost any other processed food. On the other hand, sugar substitutes are most often harmful, with the exception of Stevia.

Salt should be avoided as it will always make tinnitus worse. The ideal diet consists of whole foods, with a minimum of pre-packaged and canned foods. Pre-packaged foods are always high in salt as it is used as a preservative to increase shelf life. We have an article on Diet and Tinnitus that may be helpful.

Exercise is very good for reducing stress and your wife should take some time to go on long walks. This will settle the nervous system and improve tinnitus.

If her tinnitus remains after altering diet and exercise patterns, she may want to use Arches Tinnitus Formula Starter Kit.  This 100 day supply of our formula has been clinically proven to reduce tinnitus for most people. It can take up to three months to become fully effective so we recommend the Tinnitus Starter Kit.

I hope this is helpful and wish the very best for your family.

Wishing you and your wife quiet times,

Barry Keate

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