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Ask Barry Questions on Tinnitus - January 2018

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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Bioflavonoids for Tinnitus?

Hello Barry,

I have read that bioflavonoids can help with tinnitus. If so, how many mg's per day?

Thank you,

Pat H.

Dear Pat,

Bioflavonoids are excellent supplements for good health. They are found in fruits and nuts and help maintain a healthy heart, reduce inflammation and fight allergies. However, they don’t do anything directly to reduce tinnitus.

Citrus bioflavonoids were used in the 1960’s in the product Lipo-Flavonoid. They were designed to reduce vertigo due to Meniere’s disease. In this regard they act as antihistamines, which are helpful in reducing vertigo and dizziness. Afterward, many ear doctors started recommending them for tinnitus because, at the time, they didn’t have anything else that was helpful. The company also changed its marketing approach to sell the product for tinnitus. Studies have since shown that Lipo-Flavonoid is helpful for vertigo but doesn’t do anything for most people with tinnitus. Ear doctors familiar with these studies stopped recommending them for tinnitus but some still do. You can read our article or a more detailed examination of Lipo-Flavonoid.

Arches Tinnitus Formula with Ginkgo Max 26/7 contains our proprietary extract of Ginkgo biloba, which is a more potent extract than other brands. It also has zinc picolinate and deodorized garlic. Both Ginkgo biloba and zinc have been proven in scientific studies to be helpful in reducing tinnitus noise levels for most people who use them. Arches Tinnitus Formula is most helpful for the great majority of people who have tinnitus due to noise exposure, reduced hearing and from toxic medications.

It takes up to three months to get the full benefit of Arches Tinnitus Formula so we recommend Arches Starter Kit, a full three-month supply of four bottles. You can buy them individually but the price of the starter kit is significantly reduced from retail pricing, you save more in shipping costs, and you don’t have to worry about running out during the critical three-month period.

Wishing you quiet times,

Barry Keate

Can GABA calm tinnitus?

Hi Barry,

I've read that oral GABA can help calm tinnitus but that it doesn't pass the blood brain barrier.  Is it worth using?

Thanks, Irene K.

Dear Irene,

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a brain neurotransmitter that inhibits electrical activity and can help some reduce tinnitus and other conditions, such as anxiety, depression and epileptic seizure. While GABA can pass the blood-brain barrier it is not very efficient in doing so. Consequently, a high amount must be taken to get the benefits from it.

L-Theanine is an extract of green tea that is a precursor to GABA. This crosses the blood-brain barrier easily. Once in the brain it converts to GABA and provides a state of alert calmness that helps reduce stress.

The best L-Theanine is a patented product called Suntheanine®. This is used by many manufacturers who market L-Theanine.

You can achieve the benefits using either product but must take much more GABA than L-Theanine to get there. Typical dosage for GABA is 600-750 mg two or three times daily. Typical dosage for L-Theanine is 200 mg taken two or three times daily. So you must use about 3 times the amount of GABA to achieve the same amount of stress reduction.

L-Theanine is quite a bit more expensive than GABA, which offsets the lower dosage. I leave it up to you to decide which is more effective for you. For more information the subject you can read our article Tinnitus Anxiety & The Chemistry of Calm

Wishing you quiet times,

Barry Keate

Depressing Tinnitus

Hi Barry,

I have tinnitus brought on by the antidepressant citalopram. I have now been put on mirtazaphine but feel it is not working. Can you give any suggestions as to which antidepressants don't have tinnitus as a side effect? I know there are lots that have.

Kind regards,

Jane S.

Dear Jane,

I’m very sorry this happened. Tinnitus is a common side effect of SSRI antidepressants like citalopram. Many doctors are unaware of this. Fortunately mirtazaphine (Remeron) doesn’t cause tinnitus.

I don’t recommend any SSRI antidepressants because of this and numerous other side effects they have. Remeron is the one I normally go to. You may want to discuss dosage with your physician.

SSRI antidepressants keep serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain, from breaking down so it is more available. So do tricyclic antidepressants, like Remeron. They do not create serotonin. The only way to create this is through the use of L-Tryptophan, which is a precursor to serotonin. L-Tryptophan should not be combined with antidepressants. Please read our article about this.

Arches Tinnitus Formula with Ginkgo Max 26/7 may be helpful in reducing your tinnitus sounds. It has been shown to be helpful for the majority of people who use it and it can be combined with antidepressants. It takes up to three months to get the full benefit of ATF so we recommend Arches Starter Kit, a full three-month supply.

I hope this is helpful and you can reduce your tinnitus.

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.