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Ask Barry Questions on Tinnitus - October 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. All questions will receive a personal reply from Barry.

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ASK BARRY QUESTIONS ON TINNITUS Tinnitus expert, Barry Keate, answers your questions on Tinnitus Send your question to: Ask Barry

Bioflavonoids for tinnitus relief?

Hi Barry,

Do bioflavonoids or the product Lipo-flavonoid, help to alleviate Tinnitus?

Thank you,

Dave J.

Dear David,

They really don’t. Lipo-Flavonoid is a product developed quite a while ago and its main component is citrus bioflavonoids. These act as antihistamines and were originally designed to treat vertigo caused by Meniere’s disease. It was never meant to treat tinnitus and the only clinical study conducted on Lipo-Flavonoid for tinnitus showed it to be ineffective. However, over the next few decades, Lipo-Flavonoid was marketed to help tinnitus and many doctors started recommending it.

Wishing you quiet times,

Barry Keate

Will using a hearing aid lessen my tinnitus?

Hi Barry,

If you have hearing loss and tinnitus, and you get hearing aids to help the loss of hearing, do you think it will make the ringing less audible?



Dear Debby,

It depends largely on the frequency of your tinnitus. If it is in the mid-range of hearing, where there are environmental sounds in the same frequency, hearing aids can be very helpful in covering up the tinnitus. If it is a high frequency, like mine, there aren’t any environmental sounds to amplify. Therefore, you will hear better but it will not mask the tinnitus. In this case you could use a tinnitus instrument, which is a hearing aid but which also generates sound at a frequency that will help mask the tinnitus. Please read our article on Masking Devices for Tinnitus.

I hope this is helpful,

Wishing you quiet times, Barry

Which pain relievers will reduce tinnitus?

Dear Barry,

What pain reliever do you recommend that lessens the ringing? I remember reading it somewhere but can't remember.

Thanks! Bonnie J.

Dear Bonnie,

Thank you for your question. It's one that comes up frequently and deserves a complete discussion.

Unfortunately, there isn't a pain reliever that lessens tinnitus. In fact most pain relievers have the potential of damaging hearing and causing or worsening tinnitus. We published an article on Safe and Effective Pain Management for People with Tinnitus. It lays out the dangers of pain medication and discusses how to safely reduce inflammation, which is the primary cause of tinnitus.

There is a class of benzodiazepine medications which are prescribed for anxiety. These can lower tinnitus sounds but have their own list of problems. These can be so addicting that the dosage needs to be constantly increased in order to treat the problems they were taken for. If the dosage is not increased the initial problems can come back even while taking them.

This is called Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome.

The real solution for most people with tinnitus is to use Arches Tinnitus Formula with Ginkgo Max 26/7. This product can reduce the ringing for most people, especially those who have tinnitus due to hearing loss or noise exposure.

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.