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Ask Barry Questions on Tinnitus - August 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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Drug-Induced Tinnitus

Hello Barry,

Please help! I am new to tinnitus. Is it possible that excitotoxicity/ototoxic tinnitus can fade with time? I've had this affliction, due to ibuprofen, for a month. Please respond when possible!

Thank you,
Chris V.

Dear Chris,

I’m sorry this happened to you. There is some good news that I’ll outline.

1 - Ototoxic means that the medication is toxic to the ears, specifically the hair cells in the cochlea that change vibrational sound to electrical signals. These hair cells do not die immediately but become weakened. Over time, if the toxicity is continued, they will die. If the toxicity is removed, they have the chance to recover. While ibuprofen does have the capacity to cause tinnitus, it is not extremely ototoxic and hopefully the damage to your ears will recover. This may take some time but there’s a good chance it will resolve or at least settle down at a lower level.

2 - The initial onset of tinnitus can be very stressful. The stress contributes to tinnitus and makes it sound much louder than it otherwise would. Over time, many people emotionally adjust to the idea of having tinnitus and the very adjustment makes for a reduction in the sound level. It is very important to try to reduce stress and be accepting of tinnitus without giving in to anxiety or depression. I know this is difficult in the early stages but it will make a significant, and positive, difference.

3 - In the event it is chronic, there are strategies to help cope with tinnitus. There are several therapies that can help you relax and reduce tinnitus. Stress reduction techniques include exercise, relaxation techniques, biofeedback and hypnotherapy. All of these have been clinically shown to reduce tinnitus and are outlined in our article.

4 - Arches Tinnitus Formula has also been shown in clinical studies to reduce tinnitus loudness for the great majority of people who use it. It can take up to three months to get the full benefit so we recommend Arches Tinnitus Starter Kit, a three month supply of four bottles. You can purchase them individually but the price of the Starter Kit is significantly reduced from the single bottle price, you save on shipping, and you don’t have to worry about running out during the critical three month period.

I hope this is helpful and your tinnitus resolves or reduces to a point where it is no longer bothersome.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Inner Ear Infection Spikes Tinnitus

Hello Barry,

Have you heard about the condition vestibular neuritis? My tinnitus got so loud that I had an episode of acute vestibulitis, had you heard of anyone experiencing this?

Thank you,
Karen A.

Dear Karen,

Vestibular neuritis is an infection of the vestibular nerve. This commonly affects balance but generally does not include tinnitus. Labyrinthitis is a related infection of both the vestibular and cochlear nerve that affects balance and commonly does cause tinnitus. You most likely have labyrinthitis.

These infections are usually viral, not bacterial. They can be related to systemic infections in the whole body. These include herpes, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, and some others. There are no specific tests to diagnose either of these conditions so diagnosis is usually made by examining the symptoms. Because the symptoms of these conditions can mimic other medical problems, a thorough examination is usually conducted to rule out other causes, such as stroke, head injury, cardiovascular disease, allergies, neurological disease and anxiety.

When other conditions have been ruled out, medications are often used to control balance issues, anxiety and nausea.

Most people will have resolution of the infection after a few weeks. It is possible the infection can hide for some time and come back later but, if it is treated successfully, no permanent damage occurs.

You should see an ENT specialist to formally diagnose and treat this condition.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

A Permanent End to Tinnitus?

Hi Barry,

Is there any product that is known to stop ringing in the ears?

Joseph A.

Dear Joseph,

There is no cure for tinnitus. That is, at least for tinnitus caused by aging, hearing loss and noise exposure, which is the great majority. Some people have tinnitus due to another medical condition, such as sinus problems and allergies, hypothyroidism, otosclerosis, TMJ dysfunction, impacted earwax, etc. In these cases treatment of the medical condition can result in dramatically reduced tinnitus or cure.

Tinnitus caused by aging, hearing loss and noise exposure is called sensorineural in nature. This indicates nerve damage to the hair cells in the cochlea. There is no cure for this condition but there are methods to reduce the sound level. Therapies such as stress reduction, biofeedback, acupuncture and sound therapy can be helpful in mitigating the anxiety and loudness of tinnitus.

Arches Tinnitus Formula has been found in clinical trials to reduce tinnitus loudness in the case of aging, hearing loss, etc. One Manhattan ENT states he has a 75% to 80% success rate in lowering tinnitus sounds in this group.

It takes up to three months to receive the full benefit of Arches Tinnitus Formula. We recommend Arches Tinnitus Starter Kit, a full three-month supply of four bottles. At the end of this period you should know how much relief you can expect to have. You can purchase individual bottles of the product but the cost is higher and you run the risk of running out during the trial period.

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.