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Ask Barry Questions on Tinnitus - August 2014

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Teeth Grinding and Tinnitus

Hi Barry,

I've only had Tinnitus for 10 days without stopping now, but I wanted to get your opinion on which products you would recommend for my case since I'm quite distraught.

I'm a 36 year old male. I used to play loud music as a teen, but that was 20 years ago. I have had many ear infections growing up, but again none in the last 5-10 years so I'm confused as to what brought this on.  I do grind my teeth at night but have been wearing a mouth guard for 2 years.  Some damage was done though.

It feels as though my left ear (where the ringing is coming from), is at about a 3/10 most of the time. I can manage to sleep at night ok, but am stressed out during the day to avoid the noise. I am quite down in the dumps and cannot get myself to eat much as this is all new to me.

I should also mention my dad has hearing loss and tinnitus too, which came on at the same time for him.

What products do you recommend and how long do they usually take to kick in for most people?

Thank you, Eric M.

Dear Eric,

I'm sorry to hear about your condition but I'm reasonably certain there are therapies that can help. It caught my attention that you have been grinding your teeth. This is known as bruxism and is a definite cause of tinnitus as well as Temporo-mandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction. Bruxism is not a disease but a learned response that becomes habitual and it can be changed, like any habit.

Mouth guards are effective for some but not so much for others. There are other therapies that help. The primary one is biofeedback which teaches the patient to control the sympathetic nervous system. This is responsible for many of the involuntary body functions such as heart rate, blood pressure and muscle contractions. Another helpful therapy is hypnotism.

I hope this is helpful in reducing your condition.

Wishing you quiet times,

Barry Keate

Is there or isn’t there a cure for tinnitus?

Dear Barry,

I asked my doctor  if there was a cure for tinnitus and he said no.  Is this correct or is there a cure even doctors don't know about or refuse to acknowledge?

Bob B.

Dear Bob,

Your doctor is correct in a limited way. Tinnitus that stems from noise-induced hearing loss, the great majority of cases, is due to damage to the nerves inside the auditory pathway. This is considered permanent and there is no cure. There are, however, many therapies that can manage the sound level and reduce it to a more tolerable level. In this sense your doctor is working with insufficient knowledge and conveying only partial truth.

Michael Seidman, MD is a world renowned Ear, Nose and Throat physician and one of the top tinnitus specialists in the US. We published his tinnitus treatment protocol where he goes through the steps of evaluating and treating tinnitus in his patients. He doesn't cure anyone but he is able to help about 90% of his patients reduce the sound level and aggravation of their tinnitus.

Wishing you quiet times,

Barry Keate

Pycnogenol for Tinnitus?

Dear Barry,

I've recently heard that studies on the effects of taking 100mg - 150mg of Pycnogenol daily have helped those of us with tinnitus.

What do you say?

Vicki B.

Dear Vicki,

Pycnogenol is the US registered trademark name for a product derived from the pine bark of a tree known as Pinus pinaster. The active ingredients in pycnogenol can also be extracted from other sources, including peanut skin, grape seed, and witch hazel bark.

There are reports that Pycnogenol can help some people with tinnitus. It does this through increasing circulation in the inner ear. The only study that has been published on this was conducted on people who had tinnitus for a very short time (duration of a few weeks) and had no hearing loss. The researchers theorized that they had tinnitus as a result of poor blood perfusion in the inner ear.

Since the great majority of people with tinnitus have it as a long-standing chronic condition and most people have it as a result of hearing loss, the possibility of Pycnogenol helping them drops dramatically. Arches Tinnitus Formula, on the other hand, also increases blood flow in the inner ear. In addition to this it has powerful antioxidant and neuroprotective properties. Those who have tinnitus due to hearing loss have a 75% to 80% probability of improvement using 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.