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Ask Barry Questions on Tinnitus - April 2017

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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The Psychology of Coping with Tinnitus


How did you psychologically handle the really rough times when your tinnitus was really bad? How did you "short circuit" the negative, fear thoughts and get back on track?

I didn't get much sleep  last night and  I spent the entire day today trying to stay even with my own emotions. I tried relaxation techniques, affirmations, even prayer, but I feel powerless to help myself today. I don't want to spiral down into a worse state.  I feel like even God has abandoned me today. I know this is just a big pity party, but I wanted to get your take on what you used to do.

Also, I started the Tinnitus Formula a couple of days ago. I know it takes a while, but I'm sure it will work well for me.

Thank you,
Mary K.

Dear Mary,

Like you right now, my coping strategies were not all that great during the worst of my tinnitus. I reverted to using the benzodiazepine medication Valium to keep my anxiety down. It is quite addicting and should not be used continuously but it helped me when I needed it most. Here is  my story and how I coped with tinnitus before Arches Tinnitus Formula lowered the sound level.

These days there are better interim therapies which can also be combined with Arches Tinnitus Formula. You may want to consult a psychologist and learn about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,  visit with a Biofeedback specialist,  or get some acupuncture treatment.

I hope this is helpful for you and Arches Tinnitus Formula will reduce your tinnitus to a more manageable level.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Tinnitus Is Sucking the Joy Out of Life

Hi Barry,

I've had tinnitus for years but it has flared up in the last couple months to a level that is sucking the joy out of life. Been to an ENT doctor that checked my ears, I have a high frequency hearing loss in one ear. basically she tells me to learn to live with it, trying acupuncture in about a month, taking  Lipoflavinoids, not working... any suggestions?

Thank you,
Michael S.

Dear Michael,

Out of the options you mentioned I would try acupuncture. I’m told it can help about 40% of people with tinnitus. I doubt  Lipoflavonoid will be helpful. While it is marketed now for tinnitus it was designed to help reduce dizziness in people with Meniere’s disease.  It was never intended for ringing in the ears. If you look at the supplement facts on its label, it contains nothing more than small amounts of B vitamins and some bioflavonoids, which may be helpful for stress, but won’t reduce the noise.

Arches Tinnitus Formula (ATF) has been clinically proven to reduce tinnitus in the majority of people who have it. It is especially helpful for those who have tinnitus due to hearing loss, like you. Read the experience of a well-respected ENT doctor who uses ATF for his patients with hearing loss and tinnitus.

It takes up to three months to get the full benefit from Arches Tinnitus Formula. We recommend the Starter Kit, or a three-month supply. I would use this along with acupuncture to get the benefit of both.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Is there a “best” solution for tinnitus?

Hello Barry,

I've read about all kinds of relief for tinnitus but in your opinion what is best solution? I’ve had my ears tested and they were normal.

Mike R.

Dear Mike,

There is no one best treatment for tinnitus. It depends on what caused the tinnitus in the first place. There are many direct or contributing causes to tinnitus. Hearing loss is the #1 cause with about 90% of tinnitus being associated with it.

You say your ears were tested and they were normal. That doesn’t tell us anything and sounds like something someone told you. If a hearing test was performed, there is an audiogram that was generated. These are very specific and detail how much hearing loss a person has and whether it is caused by sensorineural hearing loss (nerve damage) or conductive hearing loss (sinus, allergies, colds, etc). Everyone has some degree of hearing loss so normal doesn’t really say much. You can see much more about this in our article on Hearing Loss. Please review the audiogram portion.

For sensorineural hearing loss, the greatest cause of this, Arches Tinnitus Formula has been shown to have a 75-80% success rate in reducing the sound levels. We recommend Arches Tinnitus Starter Kit, a three-month supply because it takes that long to get the full benefit.

Other causes include prescription medications that are toxic to the ear (ototoxic), allergies and other sinus problems, insulin resistance and Diabetes, thyroid dysfunction. TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) dysfunction occurs when the lower jaw is out of alignment with the skull and is a very frequent cause of tinnitus. Please see our Tinnitus Infographic.

I suggest the first thing to do is to have a complete physical checkup to see if there is any condition that could cause or contribute to your tinnitus. Then, based on that information, find a treatment that works for you. I will be happy to discuss this with you when you have more information.

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. We encourage you to share any suggestions you have received from Ask Barry with your doctor.