Sweet Silence: Three Ways to Treat Tinnitus
Q: In the last few years I have experienced intermittent bouts of tinnitus, which seems also to have caused a partial hearing loss. The tinnitus, especially, has proven to be hard to bear. Do you have any information on how to reverse these conditions or on what may bring them on?
Dr. Wright: Zinc, ginkgo, and vitamin B12 have each been found to at least partially reduce tinnitus. You could try taking one at a time or all three at once, depending on how disturbing the tinnitus is.
If you try zinc, use 30 milligrams three times daily for at least four to six months before deciding whether to continue, taper down, or quit (if it isn’t helpful.) As larger quantities of zinc can possibly cause a copper deficiency, it’s wisest to supplement with approximately two milligrams copper for every 30 milligrams of zinc.
Ginkgo is a very useful supplement for any of us who are at an age where improved “small blood vessel” circulation anywhere in the body could be helpful. Ginkgo can also be useful to reduce tinnitus. Try 80 milligrams of a “standardized” ginkgo preparation, again for four to six months.
Vitamin B12 has also shown effectiveness against tinnitus. However, for many of us over age 50, vitamin B12 is more difficult to absorb than when we were younger. That’s why you hear about “vitamin B12 shots,” but not B1, B2, or other B vitamin injections.
Fortunately, there’s now an over-the-counter oral vitamin B12 preparation (called a “liposomal delivery system”) that absorbs better than any other oral B12. It also contains folate, which research has found necessary to balance vitamin B12.
This liposomal B12 with folate is called “Pro-Bone-O” and is available in natural food stores, compounding pharmacies, and the Tahoma Clinic Dispensary. For at least four to six months, use a ½ dropperful (1,000 micrograms B12, 1,000 micrograms folate) once daily.
About the author
Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. has degrees from both Harvard University (cum laude) and the University of Michigan. More than any other doctor, he practically invented the modern science of applied nutritional biochemistry and he has advanced nutritional medicine for nearly three decades.
As of today, Dr. Wright has received over 35,000 patient visits at his now-famous Tahoma Clinic in Washington State.
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