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Ask Barry Questions on Tinnitus - October 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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Death by Tinnitus?

Hello Barry,

I'm 76 years old and have suffered with severe tinnitus, mostly in left ear, for about six years and cannot tolerate it any longer. I am on Valsartan for hypertension and afraid my tinnitus is going to cause me to die in my sleep because it keeps me from peaceful sleep.

Is there any hope of quieting my tinnitus or at least lessening it? Would psychotherapy help me tolerate the horrible sound?

Please help me if you can!!!!
Bobbi C.

Dear Bobbi,

I’m sorry this is so disturbing to you. I checked on Valsartan and it doesn’t cause or worsen tinnitus. You won’t die in your sleep because of this but I understand how your difficulty sleeping just adds to the burden.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be helpful with tinnitus. This is practiced by psychologists and is not designed to reduce tinnitus loudness but to reduce the aggravation and distress of 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 will work well with CBT to help reduce the sound level as well as the distress.

It can take up to three months to get the full benefit so we recommend Arches Starter Kit, a full three-month supply of four bottles. A high potency sustained release melatonin, may also prove helpful in getting to sleep without the side effects of prescription sleep aids.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Parkinson’s Disease and Tinnitus

Hi Barry,

Can tinnitus cause Parkinson’s disease?  My husband has been treated for tinnitus for the last seven years and has hearing aids, but still gets tinnitus bad. Now he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's.

Thank you,
Teresa S.

Dear Teresa,

Tinnitus does not cause Parkinson’s disease but they may be related. Excess glutamate in the auditory pathway causes glutamate excitotoxicity, which leads to tinnitus and other neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s. This relationship is outlined in our article on the basics of tinnitus.

Also, several years ago researchers were experimenting with implanted brain electrodes to control serious Parkinson’s symptoms. They found they could reduce the spasms of Parkinson’s and those patients who also had tinnitus experienced relief from the ringing sound. So the areas of the brain affected by both are very close together.

To date, there has been no causative relationship proven between the two conditions but treating one can often positively affect the other.

Arches Tinnitus Formula contains Ginkgo Max 26/7®, our trademarked ginkgo extract. This proprietary extract is high in bilobalide, a glutamate antagonist, so important for the reduction of tinnitus noise. It will probably be very helpful for your husband’s tinnitus and may help reduce Parkinson’s symptoms. It should be used along with any medication prescribed by his neurologist.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Dental Drills and Tinnitus


I have hyperacusis causing me to be very sensitive to noise. Is there a noise cancellation option (other than musician ear plugs) to aid with sound reduction so I can tolerate dental work drilling?

Thank you,
Heidi G.

Dear Heidi,

Hyperacusis or extreme sensitivity to sound can be a very thorny issue. Unfortunately, no noise cancellation technique, including ear plugs, will help dampen drills used in dental work. The sound is directly transmitted to the ear through bone conduction, which nothing can stop. The correct way to ensure hearing safety is to ask the dentist to take breaks every five seconds or so. The hair cells in the cochlea will be stressed by the drilling but not killed. They will have a chance to recuperate during the breaks. Please see our article Dental Issues and 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.