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 publication. Regardless all questions will receive a personal reply from Barry.
ASK BARRY Tinnitus expert, Barry Keate, answers your questions about Tinnitus Send your question to: Ask Barry
Getting Sleep and Staying Calm with Tinnitus
I have tinnitus and also have insomnia. I recently bought GABA it helps me sleep better. Do you think it will help with tinnitus also since it is calming?
Yes, GABA can be very helpful for tinnitus. It is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. That is why it calms the brain and helps you sleep. Tinnitus is caused by too much glutamate, an excitatory transmitter. GABA tends to reduce the effect of glutamate.
Another supplement that can also be helpful is L-Theanine. This is the substance found in green tea that has a calming effect. L-Theanine is a precursor to GABA and produces GABA in the brain. L-Theanine crosses the blood-brain barrier easily while GABA has a hard time crossing the barrier. For this reason, you can use a lower dosage of L-Theanine than you would with GABA. However, L-Theanine is more expensive than GABA so it seems to be a trade-off. I have not decided which I like the best but will conduct an experiment with both in the near future.
Melatonin is also very helpful for promoting sleep. Studies show that people with tinnitus and insomnia are helped, both in sleeping and in reducing tinnitus, by using melatonin. We are introducing (in this newsletter) Arches Tinnitus Sleep Formula, a time-release melatonin product. It may prove very helpful. You can use GABA or L-Theanine during the day to keep you tinnitus lower and use our Sleep Formula at night.
Wishing you quiet times,
Arthritis, NSAIDS and Tinnitus
My arthritis has increased as I've gotten older and I could use an anti-inflammatory but your information indicates that NSAIDS can increase tinnitus. Are there any that do not or are there good alternatives? I take fish oil but it does not seem to have a significant effect on the arthritis pain.
Thank you, Jim C.
Most anti-inflammatories (e.g. ibuprofen) can worsen tinnitus. The one that doesn't is acetaminophen, found in Tylenol. This medication has its own problems, however, in that it can harm the liver if taken in excess. The majority of emergency room visits for poisoning in the US is due to acetaminophen overdose. You must follow the directions on the label closely and not take too much.
Fish oil can be very helpful for arthritis pain but you may not be taking enough of it. The required dose is 3 - 10 grams daily of combine EPA and DHA for the control of inflammation.
Wishing you quiet times, Barry Keate
Going Insane with Tinnitus
I have severe tinnitus. It is not just annoying but it has reduced quality of life with depression and anxiety attacks. I think I am going insane at times. I take anti-depression meds my doctor prescribed (Xanax) but all they do is chill me out a little. What is the cost of a 90 day supply? I have tried every tinnitus pill on the market. No help. My doctor told me to take 15 mg of zinc. How do I know I am buying the one that is absorbed 90%?
Thanks for any help. Steve T.
I'm sorry your condition is so disturbing to you. You say you have tried every tinnitus pill on the market and are coming to us last. I find this somewhat disconcerting as we are the only company on the market that has clinical, scientific evidence of our product's effectiveness. Thousands of Ear, Nose & Throat physicians also recommend our products to their tinnitus patients.
A quick perusal of our website will reveal many of the 35 clinical studies that have been conducted on the ingredients used in Arches Tinnitus Formula™ and their effect on tinnitus. These clinical studies are included in our Tinnitus Library under Clinical Studies. Of specific interest is a scientific review of 19 clinical studies conducted on ginkgo biloba and tinnitus. This study concluded with, "The investigations showed a clinical efficacy of EGb 761(ginkgo biloba) in case of acute and chronic tinnitus auris."
Another clinical study shows the efficacy of zinc on tinnitus. In this case, researchers used 50 mg of zinc per day and "the severity of subjective tinnitus decreased in 82% of the patients receiving zinc." Your doctor was correct to recommend it however his dosage is low. Arches Tinnitus Formula contains 30 mg of zinc in a daily dose. We reduced this from the 50 mg used in the study because many people already take a multivitamin with 15 mg of zinc. If you are not taking any extra zinc, you can add 20 mg from a health food store to the dosage in Arches Tinnitus Formula. The zinc we use in our product is zinc picolinate, which has the highest absorbability of all zinc formulations
I recommend the Arches Tinnitus Combo Pack which is a 100 day supply of Arches Tinnitus Formula and includes Arches Tinnitus Stress Formula and Arches Tinnitus B12 Formula, both of which will help stabilize the nervous system. The cost of this package is $149.95 plus shipping.
I hope our products are very helpful 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.