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Ask Barry Questions on Tinnitus - June 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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Type 2 Diabetes, Diet and Tinnitus

Dear Barry,

I have type 2 diabetes and changed my diet. I allow one treat every couple of weeks (take-out - but apart from that mainly fresh fruit and salad). Yesterday I did over do the grapes and bananas (also just drink water and Pepsi Max) and today my tinnitus is terrible. Could this be due to the natural sugars in the grapes or the three bananas I ate yesterday?

Thanks for your help,
Phillip R.

Dear Philip,

Fresh fruits and vegetables are very good for those with diabetes. Fruit juices should be avoided because juices concentrate the sugars. Whole fruit has enough fiber that it slows sugar metabolism and avoids the sugar spikes of juices and other sugary drinks.

Pepsi Max on the other hand is not safe. Pepsi Max is sweetened with Aspartame, a known neurotoxin. It overexcites brain neurons until the point where they become depleted and die. Because of this, it is known as an excitotoxin. Aspartame is known to trigger or worsen many neurological conditions such as MS, epilepsy, Alzheimers, diabetes and tinnitus.

I suggest limiting your fluid intake to water and green tea. These are very healthy and won’t aggravate your diabetes or tinnitus.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Cannabinoids for Tinnitus Treatment?

Hi Barry,

Are you aware of any reduction of tinnitus symptoms with the use of cannabinoids?

Carla G.

Dear Carla,

This is a very good question. Cannabinoids are the non-psychoactive extract of marijuana and are used for many medical conditions. These compounds do not cause the “high” that many marijuana users experience. I think there is reason to believe cannabinoids should work to reduce tinnitus. Here’s my thinking: we know that tinnitus is an epileptic-like spasm of neurons in the auditory cortex. Twenty five hundred years ago Hippocrates (the father of medicine) stated, “tinnitus is the little brother of epilepsy.” We now know that some, but not all, anti-convulsant medications can help reduce tinnitus for many people. We also know that cannabinoids have anti-convulsant action and help many epileptics reduce their seizures. So, it stands to reason, cannabinoids should help people with tinnitus.

I have not heard directly from anyone that cannabinoids helped them. So, I poked around research papers for some information. There is currently no research on cannabinoids and tinnitus in people. There is some laboratory testing the but results are not clear. One trial on laboratory rats found they possess cannabinoid receptors in the cochlear nucleus, part of the auditory pathway. After inducing tinnitus through the use of salicylate (a form of aspirin), these receptors were reduced. This shows reduction of cannabinoid receptors in the brain can influence the onset of tinnitus.

We don’t know for sure that cannabinoid will help people with tinnitus and will have to wait for more research. In the meantime, it seems reasonable to try it and see what happens. I don’t think it will hurt and it may provide some relief.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Fast Food, Loud Music and Tinnitus

Hi Barry,

How do you stop tinnitus spikes? I hardly eat salt, drink caffeine free soda once in a while, and eat some fast food but even food at home makes no difference. Any ideas? Food might not make difference. I ate salad with chicken and no difference.  I believe I have self-induced tinnitus due to listening to music with my tablet. Can it go away? I have had it for 22 months.

Thank you,
Ron R.

Dear Ron,

If you have tinnitus due to listening to music, you have hearing loss. There is no cure for hearing loss-induced tinnitus but there are therapies that can reduce the sound level and the aggravation.

A proper diet is necessary to keep tinnitus from getting worse. Salt is the biggest culprit. Fast food contains a large amount of salt and should be avoided. Sodas are also bad for tinnitus because of sugar or sugar substitutes and should also be avoided. Here is our article on Diet and Tinnitus.

Arches Tinnitus Formula has been shown in scientific studies to reduce tinnitus sounds for the great majority of people who use it. It takes three months to become fully effective so we recommend Arches Starter Kit, a full three-month supply of four bottles.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

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