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Ask Barry Questions on Tinnitus - May 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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Is GABA helpful for Tinnitus?

Hi Barry,

Is the dietary supplement Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) okay to take in capsule form to take for my tinnitus and if so what milligram is acceptable to take?  I am on the diabetic diet for months now but still have a lot of brain activity that my neurologist says comes from my multiple sclerosis (MS).

Thank you,
Joan F.

Dear Joan,

Yes, GABA is safe to take for tinnitus and may be helpful. Start at 500 mg twice daily and work up until you begin to feel drowsy, than back off a little. GABA works to calm the mind and opposes glutamate. GABA is a calming neurotransmitter while glutamate is an excitatory neurotransmitter. An overabundance of glutamate is one of the primary causes of tinnitus and other neurological conditions.

There is some discussion about how well GABA crosses the blood-brain barrier. Many people say the molecule is too large and its not very effective. I know a certain percentage does get into the brain because it slows me down. L-Theanine is a precursor to GABA and easily crosses the blood-brain barrier. Because of this you need less, perhaps 300mg two or three times daily. If that’s not effective, increase the dosage some.

I cannot recommend one over the other. You need more GABA but it is also less expensive than L-Theanine. You may want to experiment.

Arches Tinnitus Formula® has been proven helpful for people with tinnitus. The primary ingredient is Ginkgo biloba and one of its constituents is Bilobalide, which is a powerful glutamate antagonist. We have developed a special, and highly concentrated, Ginkgo biloba extract trademarked Ginkgo Max 26/7®. This extract contains a much higher dosage of all the ginkgo constituents, but especially Bilobalide. You can see an article on the Science Behind the Product which explains exactly how it works.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Can ATF work on decade-old tinnitus?

Hello Barry,

Could Arches Tinnitus Formula help tinnitus which has been present for over a decade?

Ashley P.

Dear Ashley,

It certainly can. I had tinnitus for almost 20 years before I developed Arches Tinnitus Formula and it has reduced mine by about 2/3. It works especially well for those who have it due to hearing loss, which is the great majority of people with tinnitus. Other conditions can cause it in some people. Conditions such as hypothyroid dysfunction, TMJ or other medical conditions can cause tinnitus. In that case, treatment of the condition will generally reduce or resolve tinnitus.

We have an article about my search for tinnitus relief and the development of ATF in our upcoming newsletter. This article was published Tuesday, May 9 in Quiet Times, our free monthly newsletter. If you would like to subscribe to Quiet Times, there’s a field to enter you email address at the bottom of the every page on our website. I hope it’s very helpful for you.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Lipo-Flavonoid for Tinnitus?

Hi Barry,

My Neurologist recommended Lipo-Flavonoid when I went to see her about the music I hear with my tinnitus... does that help?

Thank you,
Helen T.

Dear Helen,

I’m sorry but Lipo-Flavonoid will not be helpful. It was originally developed to help with dizziness caused by Meniere’s disease. It consists of low doses of B vitamins and some bioflavonoids that act like an antihistamine, which is why it helps dizziness. Sometime more recently the company decided to market it for tinnitus but clinical studies show it’s not helpful for that. They continue to market it strongly but I have never heard from anyone that it has helped.

I believe what you have in addition to your tinnitus is called Musical Ear Syndrome. This is not dangerous. It usually occurs in people with reduced hearing who do not have a rich sound environment. It is the brain filling up the silence by making its own sound. Many people find it enjoyable. There are a number of ways it can be reduced if it’s bothering you. Please read our article on Musical Ear Syndrome and Tinnitus.

Arches Tinnitus Formula may be helpful for your tinnitus. It has been shown in clinical trials to be effective for most people and is particularly effective for those who have tinnitus due to hearing loss. We have about a 75% to 80% success rate with those patients. It takes time and must be used for three months (four bottles) before you can determine how effective it will be for you. We recommend Arches Starter Kit, a full three-month supply.

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.