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Ask Barry Questions on Tinnitus - July 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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Sudden Hearing Loss… then Tinnitus

Hi Barry,

I had an episode of Sudden Hearing loss last week. It self-corrected but I was given both an inner ear and oral prednisone. I have finished it and now my left ear has a significant ringing to it as if it is distressed after the episode. I have always had a bit of tinnitus but this is different.

My sister died last weekend and the episode started on Tuesday. I have no idea what to do to strengthen my body’s defenses against this repeating itself. It occurred at 530 in the morning and by 1.00 PM I could hear again. I had already seen the doctor and took my first prednisone tablet at 10.30. I think I had started correcting before I took the pill. What should I do to try and prevent a repeat? I think I overproduce adrenalin and I am hypoglycaemic so I tend to eat really well and don't smoke or drink so its a bit of a mystery why this happened. Any comments or advice appreciated,

Paul M.
Manitoba Canada

Dear Paul,

Great news that your hearing loss resolved so quickly. You may have a little hearing loss remaining in your left ear that is causing the tinnitus. Stress can also play a major role in worsening tinnitus. It may be that the stress of your sister’s death led to both the hearing loss and tinnitus. Stress can do anything to the body and strikes us at our weakest point.

Arches Tinnitus Formula with Ginkgo Max 26/7 can help reduce your tinnitus and protect your ears from future problems. A clinical study conducted years ago in France clearly showed ginkgo improved hearing in the majority of hard of hearing patients. It doesn’t restore hearing to youthful levels but is protective of hearing and can restore a degree of hearing loss.

I suggest a three-month trial (four bottles) of Arches Tinnitus Formula. This should improve your tinnitus. If so, you may be able to maintain your hearing and control the tinnitus with a reduced dosage of the product.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

ENT no help with Meniere’s Disease

Hello Barry,

I've used your tinnitus formula in the past and found it effective at reducing the severity of my tinnitus. I've had tinnitus in both ears for 48 years now. However I am currently experiencing severe vertigo, ear fullness on the right side and roaring tinnitus on that side.

An ENT doctor diagnosed me with Meniere’s disease. He gave me no meds or advice other than reducing salt and caffeine! Would the Combo pack help with the Meniere's symptoms? I've had enormous emotional stress over the last two years, plus I'm menopausal and have cervical spinal stenosis.

Can you shed any light on why this has occurred so aggressively now? My ENT was a dead loss. I wonder about an association with the upper cervical spine and stress levels?

Thanks Barry.
Aideen L.

Dear Aideen,

There are good ENTs and not so good ENTs. I’m surprised yours didn’t offer you any anti-dizziness medication, at the least. Answering one of your questions, yes I think Arches Tinnitus Formula can help and the Combo Pack perhaps more so. Here’s an article on Meniere’s disease and how ginkgo, the primary ingredient in ATF, can help.

I think an upper cervical chiropractor is really worth investigating. Lately, it’s been found that Meniere’s can be caused by pinched nerves in the top-most vertebrae and those who practice upper cervical chiropractic can help, in some cases dramatically. Here’s an article about how this new treatment works on Meniere’s disease.

Finally, stress hits us at our weakest point and will make any malady worse. This is especially true with Meniere’s and tinnitus. If you can reduce your stress, both conditions should improve.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Teeth Grinding Tinnitus

Hi Barry,

My ears have been ringing for almost 2 years. I know I do grind my teeth, and I know I still have wisdom teeth that I think are the cause of my ear ringing. Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? Does it mean I have an infection because my ears are ringing or as long as I can bear it I'll be okay health-wise?

Matt M.

Dear Matt,

Grinding your teeth is most probably the cause of your tinnitus. This is called bruxism and it is one of the primary causes of Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction. TMJ will usually cause tinnitus. The good news is, bruxism is a habit and as such, it can be unlearned. There are several therapies to reduce the clenching or grinding of teeth that are pretty effective.

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.