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Ask Barry Questions on Tinnitus - January 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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Did hip replacement cause tinnitus?

Hi Barry,

I have had tinnitus for about a year now. I have been taking Paxil for many years, so I don't think it's from the Paxil.  In September of 2016 I found out that I have a toxic level of cobalt in my system from a metal on metal hip replacement. Once I get a revision done and the cobalt is gone will the tinnitus get better or is it irreversible?

I thank you for any information you can find out for me. Sometimes I feel like it is driving me crazy.

Thanks,

Gayle P.G.

Dear Gayle,

I did a little research and found that cobalt does indeed cause hearing loss and tinnitus. Cobalt can be chelated out of the system. Perhaps that is what you mean by a revision. There is no research I can find about whether or not tinnitus is reduced after chelation, or revision. If you have sensorineural hearing loss from the cobalt, this means nerve damage and is probably permanent. One way to find out is by having an audiologist give you a hearing test. Audiograms can tell if the hearing loss is there and, if so, if it is sensorineural or caused by something else. Our article, Hearing Loss: An Overview will show you how the audiograms differ and what they mean.

Even if it is sensorineural hearing loss, there are many therapies that can be helpful. Millions of us have this condition. I developed sensorineural hearing loss from loud noise in the military and have had tinnitus for the last 50 years. Most people adapt to a certain degree and over time the tinnitus doesn’t bother them as much. Please know that the stress caused by tinnitus is the greatest aggravator of it and will always make it worse. If stress can be reduced, tinnitus is reduced.

Helpful therapies include acupuncture, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, biofeedback and hypnotherapy. You can read about these therapies in our Tinnitus Library. There is a search engine there where you can look up the articles.

Arches Tinnitus Formula was developed specifically for tinnitus caused by sensorineural hearing loss and has been clinically shown to be helpful for the great majority of these patients. It can be used in conjunction with any of the above therapies. It takes up to three months to get the full benefit of the product so we recommend the Arches Tinnitus Starter Kit, a three-month supply.

Another article, The Science Behind the Product discusses the exact scientific basis of Arches Tinnitus Formula and how it works.

I hope this is helpful for you and you can reduce the sound level.

Wishing you quiet times,

Barry Keate

Disc surgery, Shingles and then Tinnitus

Hello Barry!

I recently found an Arches pamphlet among my ENT papers from a few years ago after having sinus surgery. I picked it up because I do have tinnitus.  I've had it for some years and it hasn't been too horrible. In September I developed a pretty bad case of Shingles (I'm only 42 by the way) while recovering from discectomy for a herniated disc and fusion of my c5-7 vertebrae.

The shingles affected my right ear and now I have hearing loss and intense tinnitus. It is horrible and is negatively impacting life. I will be ordering your product soon.

Have you come across any studies, success with your product, or anything useful about improvement in tinnitus caused from Shingles. I am currently half way through a strong month-long prescription of the steroid prednisone from my ENT in hopes of repairing and preserving my nerve.

Thanks, in advance for any insight.

Theresa I.

Dear Theresa,

I'm terribly sorry this happened to you but there is good news. Shingles is not a permanent problem and begins to scab over and clear up in 3 to 5 weeks. It definitely causes hearing loss and tinnitus but as the infection ebbs, hearing loss and tinnitus generally do also. About 95% of people who experience hearing loss due to shingles will have complete recovery of their hearing and tinnitus should abate.

Taking Arches Tinnitus Formula should help this process along. Our higher potency Ginkgo biloba in ATF is known to help prevent damage to the cochlea and auditory nerve and should help in recovery. It should also calm the auditory nerve and lead to reduced tinnitus.

I wish you a speedy recovery and hope Arches Tinnitus Formula is a great help for you.

Wishing you quiet times,

Barry Keate

How to determine if Tinnitus is caused by sinus issues or ear problems

Barry,

How can I tell if the ringing in my ears is from sinus or ear problems?

Thanks,

Chris A.

Dear Chris,

Thanks for sending in this question. It is a very important one and deserves a close look.

Hearing loss is most likely the cause of your tinnitus. There are two types of hearing loss: conductive and sensorineural. Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is not conducted through the eardrum and the small bones in the middle ear to the cochlea. The most common causes of conductive hearing loss are: fluid in the middle ear from colds, allergies or infection; otosclerosis, perforated eardrum, or impacted earwax.

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the hair cells in the cochlea or to the auditory nerves that connect the inner ear to the brain. This happens in the majority of cases of hearing loss. The most prevalent causes of sensorineural hearing loss are: noise exposure, ototoxic drugs, viruses, various diseases, head trauma, aging and tumors.

The two can be distinguished by means of an audiogram. This article link shows audiograms from fluid build-up in the middle ear, age-related hearing loss and noise-induced hearing loss. It clearly shows the differences in these three conditions.

So, you can tell what is happening by visiting an ear doctor or an audiologist and have a hearing test conducted. Then you can look at treatment options.

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.