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Ask Barry Questions on Tinnitus - November 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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Pain in the neck tinnitus

Hi Barry,

I have been suffering from neck pain and stiffness off and on for several years.   Movement of my head and neck in certain positions turn ringing in my right ear on and off.  Recently, the Tinnitus had been more frequent, louder, and sometimes last for up to 2 days continuously.  These events are always accompanied by stiff neck and sometimes pain in the neck, base of the skull, and the jaw.  I'm trying to find a specialist in my area (Los Angeles, CA) who can help me.

Daniel E.

Dear Daniel,

There are a couple of problems that could be causing this. You mention jaw pain. This is often caused by TMJ dysfunction, where the jaw is out of alignment with the skull. Tinnitus is a common side effect of TMJ. A dentist knowledgeable in the field can pretty easily determine if you have or don't have TMJ. If you do, a simple bite guard usually helps re-align the jaw and reduces symptoms.

The other possibility is you have suffered whiplash sometime in the past. This knocks the top two vertebrae, C1 and C2, out of alignment. This can impinge on the hearing nerve and cause tinnitus. It can also cause a stiff neck. In this case, an Upper Cervical Chiropractor can help. Do not rely on a regular chiropractor. Upper Cervical specialists have extra training in this.

There are many Upper Cervical Chiropractors and knowledgeable dentists in the LA area. I'm sure you can find competent people there.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Plucking ear hair cause tinnitus?

Hey Barry,

I recently had an ear infection, and I am type 2 diabetic. A few days after the infection, I had some outer ear hairs plucked out, and since developed tinnitus, I did have hard wax in the ear, which has now been removed, I still have tinnitus, in that ear.

Thanks for your thoughts,
Jeff O.

Dear Jeff,

I don't think having hairs plucked will cause tinnitus. You may still have some infection in the middle ear. This will cause tinnitus but it should clear as the infection goes away.

On the other hand, Type II Diabetes is also a major cause of tinnitus. One study showed at least 84% of people with tinnitus had a sugar metabolism issue, either insulin resistance, the precursor to diabetes, or diabetes itself. When they went on a diet suitable for diabetics, the great majority had improvement or complete resolution of their tinnitus over a 2-year period.

Here's an article on how insulin resistance and diabetes cause tinnitus.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Can a hearing aid worsen tinnitus?

Hi Barry,

I don't know where to start... For years my husband has suffered with tinnitus and recently has had to get hearing aids for he's going deaf. His tinnitus is getting worse because of it. I need someone to help me if possible. Any advice or assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Heather H.

Dear Heather,

This is in reply to your message to us on Arches’ Facebook page. I’m sorry your husband is having a difficult time. Hearing aids are necessary as we know that they help reduce the risks of cognitive decline. People who lack proper hearing do not get the input the brain needs to function properly. This leads to an aging brain and decline in cognitive function.

They may not help with his tinnitus though, depending on the frequency. If he has a high frequency tinnitus, like mine at 4,000 Hz, there is not enough ambient sound at that frequency to amplify so it will not mask the tinnitus.

Arches Tinnitus Formula has been scientifically proven to reduce tinnitus for the great majority of those who use it. It is especially helpful for those with hearing loss-induced tinnitus. This can occur from exposure to noise and loud sound over time and also those who have lost hearing due to ototoxic medications. Arches Tinnitus Formula can also help to reverse hearing loss for some people. They will not return to youthful hearing but it can make a difference.

It can take up to three months to get the full benefit so we recommend Arches Tinnitus Starter Kit, a 100 day supply of four bottles of Arches Tinnitus Formula.

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.