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Ask Barry Questions on Tinnitus - January 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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A change in the weather… a change in tinnitus?

Dear Barry,

I have experienced more ringing in my eaqrs during weather-related changes. Am I alone on these types of changes?

Jim R. Texas

Dear Jim,

Weather related changes are usually due to changing atmospheric pressure. This indicates you may have a sinus problem, allergies or Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD). These conditions can be treated once they are determined to be the case. You should see an ENT doctor for an examination and an audiologist for a hearing test. The audiologist will be able to differentiate between hearing loss caused by nerve damage and conductive hearing loss caused by sinus or allergies. Please see our article on hearing loss that describes the differences.

Wishing you quiet times, Barry Keate

Occasional tinnitus turns 24/7

Hi Barry,

I am sure you have heard it all and hope I do not waste your time. I have had tinnitus for years but it has come and gone, and at times it lasts a few minutes then nothing for months. Three weeks ago it began again and is here 24/7. I am an American living in Dominican Republic. I have had CT scans with contrast, MRI just to check, currently taking gabaneuron.

I am about to try Lipoflavonoid. I’d honestly be willing to give up hearing just to deal with it. All I have read is that there is no cure.

Kind regards, Joe G.

Dear Joe,

You are correct that there is no cure for tinnitus. This doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do to reduce the noise level and annoyance. There are many therapies that help people cope better with tinnitus. Unfortunately, I don’t think Lipoflavonoid is one of them. The product was developed in the 1960’s to help control vertigo in people who had Meniere’s disease. The only clinical trial conducted on it for tinnitus showed no effect. Some doctors continue to recommend it to their tinnitus patients.

Arches Tinnitus Formula contains Ginkgo biloba extract, which has a lot of scientific backing for its effect on tinnitus. We developed a specialized, higher potency ginkgo called Ginkgo Max 26/7, which has a higher potency of the individual compounds most helpful for tinnitus. This extract was developed specifically for people with tinnitus.

Your tinnitus is considered early onset, which is a very good thing. Early onset tinnitus has a much better outcome potential than tinnitus that has been present for several years.

Please read this overview of clinical studies on Ginkgo biloba for tinnitus.  If you have further questions, please send them to me.

Wishing you quiet times,

Barry Keate

Do I have sinus-related tinnitus?

Dear Barry,

How can I know if my tinnitus is sinus connected? I do have some high frequency hearing loss though not considered enough to have tinnitus. Stress does seem to increase it. I have a hissing sound 24/7. Thank you for your comments.

Madelyn Charlotte, NC

Dear Madelyn,

You will have to see an audiologist to determine this. Sinus issues are considered conductive hearing loss and can be treated. Hearing loss due to damage to the inner ear is called sensorineural hearing loss. This cannot be cured but can be helped by Arches Tinnitus Formulas. Audiological testing can determine the difference between the two. Please see our article on hearing loss, which explains this in more detail.

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.