Usual disclaimer; not soliciting medical advice. I follow instructions of my own ENT, I have no vested interest in the product, etc.
For about 12 or so years now I’ve been suffering from tinnitus, a high-pitched ringing in the ear. When it continued past several months I consulted an ENT specialist, went through the battery of test and learned that, like my father, I have Meniere’s. Meniere’s is an inner ear problem that can cause dizziness, vertigo, nausea and it’s frequently accompanied by tinnitus. While meclizine (Dramamine) can help with the nausea, there’s really no treatment I’m aware of short of surgery to cure Meniere’s yet.
You deal with the symptoms in several ways. First, if you’re lucky your brain kinda gets used to the ringing after awhile and you’re not as cognizant of it, you concentrate on other things. Whenever you do think of it though it’s definitely there. For me it’s a combination of a high-pitched whine and the sound of crickets or cicadas. Masking it with white noise helps some, a fan or the like. In the absence of a fan I almost can’t sleep because the ringing is just too loud. Conversations with others in a crowded restaurant or party are near impossible. You simply can’t differentiate between all the competing sounds.
So when a commercial started running a month back advertising tinnitus relief, I listened. It’s an OTC med called Lipoflavonoid and a bit of on-line research suggests takers of it have experienced varied degrees of relief, but usually only when their tinnitus is caused by Meniere’s as opposed to something like head injury or prolonged exposure to loud noise, etc. Since I’m diagnosed with that I started taking it as prescribed, two pills three times a day. For three weeks, nothing. At best maybe I could differentiate just a bit more between the sound pitches, the ringing vs. the crickets. Then two days ago I noticed that the ringing I’d suffered from for a dozen years had suddenly decreased by about 75%, down to one quarter of its usual volume! Holy cow but was that amazing, finally being able to hear other softer background sounds that had been saturated out all these years. This new, vastly improved level lasted all day and, finally convinced it was the Lipoflavonoid that was responsible, I called my dad to suggest he try it too. Now like a dummy I forgot to grab any on the way to work yesterday and the sound level has ramped up again to near where it was before but I’ve again been taking the pills as recommended and hope it’ll drop back down like it did.
Because I’ve seen such an improvement, the one and only change in all of a dozen years I have to ask if anyone else has used this and, if so, did it help your symptoms too? Again, it’s probably ONLY going to help tinnitus due to Meniere’s, not that from other factors. Any experiences or anecdotes would be very much appreciated. Thanks!