Guidelines Advisory: Supplements for Tinnitus
Although tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is quite common – approximately 10% of the adult population is affected says the Journal of the American Medical Association – there are currently no FDA-approved medications available to treat it. Instead, tinnitus sufferers and their healthcare providers work to manage the condition’s distressing symptoms with hearing aids, counseling, sound therapy, and supplements (such as Lipo-FlavonoidⓇ.)
A new tinnitus guideline advisory researched and written by Dr. Richard Tyler and Dr. Syed F. Ahsan who are leaders in the diagnosis and management of the condition has recently been published. The guidelines advisory represents expert consensus among key opinion leaders in the field. For the full text of the 2019 guidelines advisory, just click here.
Of special note, the guideline advisory recommends bioflavonoids, vitamins B1, B6 and B12, as well as melatonin, as supplements worthy of trial for patient looking to manage tinnitus symptoms. And, each of these active ingredients is found in Lipo-Flavonoid products.
What Can the New Guideline Advisory Do for You?
Tinnitus sufferers and their healthcare providers can use the new guideline advisory to figure out whether it’s the right time to try supplements for tinnitus. The advisory provides a clear, systematic approach for patients and providers to follow as they work together to find management techniques specific to the needs of each sufferer.
Supplements with Recommendations from Guideline Advisory
|Supplement||Mechanism of Action||Side Effects||Recommended Dose||Trial May Be Appropriate|
|Bioflavonoids*||Possible circulation improvement||Minimal (allergies, upset stomach)||2 capsules TID at onset for 60 days, then 1 capsule TID for maintenance||Yes|
|Ginkgo biloba (EGb761)||Vasoregulatory antioxiden suppression of platelet activating factor change in neuron metabolism||GI side effects, bleeding, seizures, headache/dizziness, nausea||120-160 mg to start up to 240 mg BID||Yes|
|Magnesium||Possible improved microcirculation reduced oxidative stress||Diarrhea, headache, sleep, disturbance||532 mg daily shown to be effective in one study||No|
|Melatonin**||Sleep||Increased urination, headache, dizziness||3 mg nightly||Yes|
|Vitamin B1*, B3, B6*||Effects on CSN and higher cognitive function||Bleeding, sleep disturbance, GI upset||N / A||No|
|Vitamin B12*||Deficiency noted in patients with tinnitus||Headache, dizziness, blurred vision, GI upset||>2500 mcg intramuscular / week||Sometimes|
|Zinc||Zinc present in inner ear||Zinc toxicity, copper deficiency||N / A||No|
BID, twice per day; mg, milligram; TID, three times per day
* Active ingredient in Lipo-Flavonoid.
** Active ingredient in Lipo-Flavonoid Night.
Are you ready to take supplements for tinnitus?
Wondering if it’s time to try supplements? The 2019 guideline advisory can help. They suggest you’re ready to give supplements a go if you’ve already done the following:
- Had a thorough medical check-up and hearing (audiological) exam.
- Discussed and tried (with the help of your healthcare provider) other tinnitus treatments including counseling, hearing aids and sound therapy.
- Clearly thought about your goals for your tinnitus care. These may include management of your symptoms or of your reactions to symptoms or a desire to improve your quality of life or sleep.
- Come to peace with the fact that not all treatments help all tinnitus sufferers.
- Reviewed exactly what is in the supplement you’re going to try. Read the active ingredients list and compared it to the chart above.
- Formulated a clear plan to take the supplement correctly and to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and/or the dosing information on the package.
- Figured out how much the supplements are going to cost you and whether there’s a money-back guarantee (such as Lipo-Flavonoid’s).
- Informed yourself of any potential side effects (most are minimal) and discussed them with your healthcare provider.
How Can You Tell If a Supplement is Working?
The 2019 guideline advisory has tips to help you determine if supplements are making a difference in your life. Key to this is testing out the supplements in a controlled way (a “controlled trial”). To do so, try to keep important factors (see list below) steady while experimenting with the supplements. Also, the take supplements for the length of time recommended and at the correct dosage. For Lipo-Flavonoid, for instance, new users are advised to take two caplets three times per day for 60 days and then to switch to one caplet three times per day.
Trying Supplements for Tinnitus?
Guidelines Advisory Says: Keep the Following Factors Consistent:
- Prescription medications
- Other medications and supplements
- Sleep schedule
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