- A literature review of studies showed that up to 70% of patients taking Ginkgo Extract had reduced symptoms over a treatment period of as little as 6 weeks.
- Ringing completely disappeared for 35% of patients tested, with a distinct improvement in 70 days.
- Three hundred fifty patients with hearing loss and tinnitus due to advanced age were treated with Ginkgo extract; the success rate for improved hearing and tinnitus was 82%.
- At the Hearing Research Laboratories at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, scientists discovered the positive effects of lipoic acid on aminoglycoside, a class of antibiotics associated with damage to the cochlear tissue of the ear. Researchers found that subjects who took lipoic acid treatments successfully avoided hearing impairment.
- In an oft-cited trial, 57.5% of patients taking supplemental zinc reported relief from tinnitus by the end of the study. Decreases in severity of tinnitus were more pronounced with the elder group.
- About 47% of tinnitus patients also have vitamin B12 deficiency.
- Scientific studies have shown that the antioxidant power of grape seed is 20x that of vitamin E, and 50x that of vitamin C.
- After initial medical intervention had failed to relieve the symptoms of tinnitus, scientists decided to conduct a study in order to test the efficacy of antioxidants. Within a treatment period of 8 weeks, 63% of the test participants experienced a reduction in the severity of tinnitus symptoms.
- German doctors used coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) to treat 20 patients who suffered from chronic ringing or buzzing in the ears. By the end of the 12-week study, patients who previously had low levels of CoQ10 benefited greatly from supplementation, which reduced tinnitus symptoms by 36%.
What Is Tinnitus
Tinnitus (pronounced either tin-night-is or tin-it-is), or ringing in the ears, is the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling or other sounds. The noise can be intermittent or continuous, and can vary in loudness. It is often worse when background noise is low, so you may be most aware of it at night when you’re trying to fall asleep in a quiet room. In rare cases, the sound beats in sync with your heart.Tinnitus is very common, affecting an estimated 50 million adults in the United States. For most people, the condition is merely an annoyance. In severe cases, however, tinnitus can cause people to have difficulty concentrating and sleeping. It may eventually interfere with work and personal relationships, resulting in psychological distress. About 12 million people seek medical help for severe tinnitus every year.