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Ask Barry - December 2013

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. Regardless all questions will receive a personal reply from Barry.

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Holiday Flying with Tinnitus

Hi Barry,

I use your product and have excellent results.  I have a question about flying, which I'll be doing this month for the holiday.

Can you recommend an antihistamine that will prevent my ears from getting plugged?  Anything else I should be aware of?  I haven't flown since the ringing started.


Margaret M.

Dear Margaret,

I'm very happy you've had good results with our product.

Flying with tinnitus presents a couple of problems. One is the engine noise and the other is pressure changes. The pressure changes primarily affect people with head colds or allergies. An over-the-counter antihistamine should be very helpful but I don't have any particular favorite. I try to chew some gum during takeoff and landing as this helps the ears to pop and equalizes pressure.

We published an article on flying with tinnitus that you may want to review. There are several helpful hints in it.

Wishing you quiet times,

Barry Keate

Waiting to hear improvement

Dear Barry,

I have read several reports about success with Arches tinnitus capsules, I am in my third bottle and have not seen any noticeable decrease in the sensitivity that seems to create the ringing in my head, My question is would I be due for some relief soon? I must add that I sleep fairly well but wake with the noise immediately is there some explanation to this or again do I expect some morning relief after moving through at least 4 bottles of your medication? I realize my questions is somewhat vague but again what is it that I may experience after the 100 odd days of treatment?

Eagerly awaiting your reply. Robert H. Sydney, Australia

Dear Robert,

We know there is an abundance of scientific evidence on the efficacy of the components used in Arches Tinnitus Formula when taken properly. That being said, everyone will respond differently to our product.

We advise that you must try Arches Tinnitus Formula for at least 100 days to determine its effectiveness. Anecdotally, tinnitus authority, Dr. Michael Seidman has seen improvement in individuals who have chosen to continue to use our product past the recommended 4 bottles. Still, this is a treatment and not a cure, so others see no improvement. Our experience has shown that a great majority of people will not hear a change until after 2 or 2 1/2 bottles (50 - 60 days) so please continue to the end to determine if it can be helpful.

Some people have experienced a gradual improvement in their tinnitus. Others, me included, notice a rapid change somewhere in the 2 - 3 month time frame. I remember waking up one morning after about 2 1/2 months and noticing something was different. It took me a few minutes to realize that my ears were much quieter than they previously had been.

Regarding your tinnitus upon awakening, It is very normal to have ringing at that time. I hope our products are very helpful for you and urge you to continue using them.

Wishing you quiet times, Barry Keate


Musical Ear Syndrome

Dear Barry,

I have Musical Ear Syndrome and want to know does your product work for this condition.  If not can you give me any information on how to help my condition.

Thank you, Rose M.

Dear Rose,

Musical Ear Syndrome usually arises in those who are hard of hearing and are not in an audio enriched environment. When the brain is deprived of sounds, it will often fill the void with sounds it has remembered. Many people do not find this bothersome and it can be quite pleasant for some.

Arches Tinnitus Formulas do not help Musical Ear Syndrome. Treatment therapies include maximizing hearing with a hearing aid and enriching the environment with sound. This provides the brain with much needed input so it won't generate its own sound.

Sincerely, 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.