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Ask Barry Questions on Tinnitus - August 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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Tinnitus med cuts both ways

Hi Barry,

I heard Namenda can help with tinnitus.  It appears there are lots of side effects though.  Do you have any suggestions?


Mary Ann  P.

Dear Mary Ann,

There is the possibility that Namenda can help with tinnitus. However, it is also on the list of medications that can cause tinnitus. Also, as you mentioned, there are a lot of side effects. Namenda is a synthetic drug and all synthetics come with numerous side effects.

Namenda may work because it can block glutamate, an excitatory transmitter in the brain that is the chief villain in tinnitus. A natural compound that does the same is Ginkgo biloba. This is a powerful glutamate antagonist and has been shown to be helpful for tinnitus in numerous clinical trials.

We have developed an Ginkgo biloba extract that is extremely high in the compounds that block glutamate. It is the primary ingredient in Arches Tinnitus Formula, which we recommend for tinnitus. You can read more about our proprietary ginkgo extract for tinnitus, Ginkgo Max 26/7.

It requires three months to get the full effect from Arches Tinnitus Formula. We recommend Arches Tinnitus Starter Kit, a three-month supply.

Wishing you quiet times,

Barry Keate

The Hyperacusis Conundrum

Hola Barry,

Please, what can I use to help quell hyperacusis?

Thank you,

Ruben R.

Dear Ruben,

Hyperacusis is the collapse of sound tolerance by the brain. Everything sounds much louder than it really is. There is nothing you can take that will cure this. There are, however, several ways to bring it under control and reduce the discomfort. What you don’t want to do is avoid all sound, wear ear plugs or stay inside, avoiding sound. This provides a false security and leads to phonophobia, an overwhelming fear of sound.

Treatments such as Tinnitus Retraining Therapy and pink noise therapy can be helpful. Please see our article on hyperacusis and tinnitus for a complete overview.

Arches Tinnitus Formula can be helpful in lowering tinnitus, which often accompanies hyperacusis.

Wishing you quiet times,

Barry Keate

NAC for tinnitus?

Dear Barry,

I found an article in the Academic Google talking about treating tinnitus and hearing loss using NAC ... Could you give your opinion on the subject?


David S.

Dear David,

The dietary supplement, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is a powerful anti-oxidant and is an excellent supplement to take for people with tinnitus. Tinnitus researcher Richard Kopke has done a lot of work with this on returning soldiers suffering hearing loss and tinnitus. He found that, if administered within 2-3 days after noise exposure, NAC can prevent a lot of the damage that occurs and reduce the amount of hearing loss. The key to this is it must be administered shortly after exposure.

I don’t believe NAC will do a lot of good for people who have had long-term tinnitus. However, it is a great compound and one I take every day. It will prevent future damage from blast and noise exposure and also from ototoxic drugs. It’s interesting to note that NAC is the treatment of choice in hospitals for treating Tylenol overdose. Tylenol is toxic to the liver and overdose can be deadly. NAC, due to its antioxidant activities, helps prevent the damage.

I recommend taking 1,000 mg twice daily for general protection. It is very inexpensive, found in most health food stores and has no side effects.

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.