What's My Alternative: Tinnitus

By Nicole Duncan

Three years ago Debby Seguin woke up to a loud, high-pitched ringing in her ears. Doctors told the 43-year-old Canadian it was tinnitus, which usually results from repeated exposure to loud music or a sudden, explosive loud noise. Unfortunately, Seguin hadn’t experienced anything like that, so her doctors were at a loss to explain the relentless sound. “It’s like when you come home from the bar, you’re lying in bed, and your ears won’t stop ringing,” says Seguin. “I had to turn on the TV just to drown out the ringing in my head in order to fall asleep because the ringing was always worse when the room was most quiet.”

The Conventional Rx: Doctors have no treatments or drugs available for healing tinnitus, but suggest decreasing salt and caffeine, both of which may irritate and over-stimulate the ocular nerves, says Andre Cheng, an ear, nose, and throat specialist in New York City. Patients are told that tinnitus could eventually go away on its own or, in a worst-case scenario, eventually lead to deafness.

The Alternative Rx: Fed up with the lack of solutions available to reduce her ringing, Seguin researched ways to manage her tinnitus and eventually had great success supplementing with lipoflavonoids. “The lipoflavonoids are a combination of B vitamins, which strengthen the blood vessels that deliver nutrients to the hearing nerves,” says Cheng, who was not Seguin’s doctor. Supplementing with the lipoflavonoids in combination with cutting back on salt and caffeine helped restore Seguin’s inner ear fluid balance. Restoring this balance allowed for proper functioning of the hearing nerves, which stopped the ringing.

The Outcome: “I used to get the incessant ringing, one or two days a week, every week, for almost a year,” says Seguin. “Since supplementing with lipoflavonoids, I haven’t had an attack in two years.”