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Ask Barry Questions on Tinnitus - September 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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Napping tinnitus?

Hi Barry,

I’ve experienced a sudden onset of tinnitus. It’s been going for 40 minutes after waking from nice nap. I’m 78 with no serious heath conditions normal weight.

Thank you,
Dorinda E.

Dear Dorinda,

I wouldn’t worry about this too much. This is a normal occurrence, especially among older folks. As we age our ears wear out and we suffer various degrees of hearing loss, which is responsible for tinnitus.

If you want to limit this from occurring in the future, I recommend 1,000 mg daily of NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine). NAC is a very inexpensive anti-oxidant found in most health food stores. It protects hearing and is extremely healthy to take. It inhibits free radical damage throughout the cells in the body. There are no side effects from using it.

If this does occur more regularly in the future, please email me and I will recommend our product, Arches Tinnitus Formula, which is effective in reducing tinnitus.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Non-aneurysm bleeding leads to constant ringing

Hi Barry,

About six weeks ago I suffered a non-aneurysm bleed near my cerebellum and brainstem. I’m recovering, but two weeks after the bleed hit I started getting a ringing tone in my ear. Since then it’s progressed to a high pitched ring in my right ear, buzzing in my head and a low pitched ring in my left ear. The ringing is constant. I’ve been going crazy ever since. A month of this has put me on edge.

I’ve gone to a chiropractor and acupuncturist for help but neither has proven successful. I’m considering cranial sacro-therapy as well. I feel my situation is a more unusual case given this is a rare bleed/occurance, so any guidance for someone in my position would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Kat

Dear Kat,

An aneurysm, as you probably know, is a weakening of an artery, usually in the brain, that leads to a large bulge in the artery wall. If the bulge ruptures, it is known as a hemorrhagic stroke. People with non-aneurysmic bleeding have a much better prognosis than those with a ruptured aneurysm. About 20% of those with non-aneurysmic bleeding suffer from hearing loss, which generally causes tinnitus.

The hearing loss and tinnitus may be caused by increased pressure on the auditory or vestibular nerves. Hopefully, when this pressure abates the tinnitus will reduce as well.

I don’t think you are a candidate for Arches Tinnitus Formula as the Ginkgo biloba in the formula is a mild blood thinner. This may increase the risk of further bleeding.

Craniosacral therapy involves the gentle manipulation of the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. The object is to reduce pressure and alleviate pain and dysfunction. This may be a good therapy to try. I should caution that the bleed must be healed before trying this. There is a slight chance that it could be affected by the slight pressure changes brought on by craniosacral therapy.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Treating tinnitus with ginkgo and B12

Dear Barry,

I got tinnitus 2 months ago out of the blue, I have been trying to deal with it and ignore it but by the night it gets the best of me and I take an anxiety pill to calm down. I started taking ginkgo and B-12 about 5 days ago. Is there anything I can do to quiet this down some. Please any info you can give me would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Fay

Dear Fay,

Thanks for sending in your question. You are using ginkgo and vitamin B12 to try and control your tinnitus. I don’t know what quality or quantity of ginkgo you are using. Consumer Labs reports that 75% of commercial Ginkgo biloba does not meet expected potency. Unfortunately, it is an expensive product and many manufacturers try to save money by adulterating the product with less expensive components.

We offer Arches Tinnitus Formula with Ginkgo Max 26/7. This is a higher potency higher concentration ginkgo extract that has been designed by Arches and specifically for people with tinnitus. It is higher in the components that are most helpful for tinnitus. Arches Tinnitus Formula also contains zinc picolinate and odor controlled garlic. Zinc is an important mineral in fighting tinnitus and has been shown to be helpful in reducing it.

The recommended dose of Ginkgo Max 26/7 is 240 mg in the morning and another 240 mg in the evening. It can take up to three months to become fully effective so we recommend using 4 bottles (a 100 day supply) before making the determination of how helpful it will be for you.

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.