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Ask Barry Questions on Tinnitus - March 2015

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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Ginkgo for Tinnitus…. and?

Dear Barry,

Does the Gingko biloba in your Tinnitus formula also have the benefits to memory function, etc., that Gingko Biloba is known to have in general?

I'm taking it for Tinnitus, but does it also have other benefits so it is valuable to take it for a number of reasons?

Thanks so much, Christine

Dear Christine,

This is a great question; thanks for sending it to us. It's a subject we touched on several years ago but haven't talked about much since then. The answer is yes; all the health benefits normally attributed to Ginkgo biloba will be realized when using Arches Tinnitus Formula. In fact, our new ginkgo, trademarked Ginkgo Max 26/7, is a higher concentration of the active ginkgo ingredients than any other ginkgo extract available. The ginkgo flavone glycosides, terpene lactones and bilobalide are all significantly increased over the normal 24/6 extract.

However, to your point, all the numerous health benefits normally attributed to ginkgo will accrue to users of Arches Tinnitus Formula. Ginkgo has many benefits that include: antioxidant activity, blood vessel and cardiovascular health, improvement in brain function through increased absorption of glucose and oxygen, inhibition of  PAF, a leading factor in stroke, improvement in sexual function and action as an anti-depressant.

You can read about these benefits in our article, Ginkgo Biloba and Your Health.

Wishing you quiet times, Barry Keate

The Hypothyroidism – Tinnitus Connection

Hi Barry,

Is there any connection between tinnitus and hypothyroidism? My reason for asking is that my brother has both.

Thanks and looking forward to your reply.

Virginia B.

Dear Virginia,

Thank you for sending in your question. The thyroid gland, located in the neck, controls how quickly the body burns energy, makes proteins and how fast the body responds to other hormones. Thyroid dysfunction, usually hypothyroidism, indicates a lowering of the thyroid hormones.

The side effects of hypothyroidism include lowered energy levels, increased sensitivity to pain, weight gain, depression and tinnitus. Tinnitus is generally present as a continuous sound. When hypothyroidism is controlled, either through synthetic hormones or natural thyroid medications including desiccated animal thyroid, the side effects generally improve and tinnitus will be reduced or completely resolved. Please read our article about  hypothyroidism and tinnitus and pay attention to the section that discusses Armour thyroid medication.

Wishing you quiet times, Barry Keate

The Headache – Tinnitus Connection

Dear Barry,

I have had ringing in my left ear for years now that I'm older it has gotten so bad I can hardly stand it, I have a headache all the time and I have tried just about everything , I had a blown eardrum  years ago and have had it checked many times no one can find anything wrong.

I need help, Lola

Dear Lola,

Thank you for your question. The tinnitus and headache are most likely linked; one is probably the cause of the other. Many headache sufferers, especially migraine headache, also experience tinnitus. If the headache can be treated, the tinnitus will most likely reduce or resolve.

Migraine headaches typically affect one side of the head, are pulsating in nature and last from 2 to 72 hours. They may also be accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light or sound. If this is the case with you, you should see your doctor about treatment for migraine headache.

There are also other factors that can make the tinnitus bring on the headache. Stress and insomnia are commonly associated with the development of headaches. Temporomandibular Joint disorder (TMJ) is another possible cause of both tinnitus and headache. This is where the jaw is out of alignment with the skull and it can cause numerous and sometimes painful symptoms.

Another possible cause is idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). Idiopathic means the cause is unknown and intracranial hypertension means high pressure in the cerebrospinal fluid in the skull. This can cause both headache and tinnitus.

Ginkgo biloba is a common herb used for headache and tinnitus in Europe, especially Germany. The German Commission E (a scientific advisory board equivalent to our FDA) recommends Ginkgo biloba for both headache and tinnitus. You can read the Commission E Monograph on Ginkgo for Tinnitus.

Highly concentrated Ginkgo biloba is the primary ingredient in Arches Tinnitus Formula. It has been shown in clinical studies to help people with tinnitus if used continuously over time.

I recommend you visit your doctor for an examination of your headache. Depending on the outcome, you may want to use Arches Tinnitus Formula for both the headache and tinnitus.


Barry Keate