How treating your heart can stop tinnitus and other hearing problems
April 08, 2013
Volume 3 | Issue 29
If you have ringing in your ears or your hearing isn't what it used to be, researchers are finding a common heart nutrient might provide the relief you're looking for.
Researchers have conducted several clinical trials to find out if CoQ10 can help people with tinnitus. In 2007, the Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
reported on one of these studies. They found that CoQ10 can indeed help certain people. It can help reduce ringing in your ears from tinnitus in certain cases.
But this isn't the only study on CoQ10 and hearing problems. The same publication published another study several months later and found that low CoQ10 levels, along with high cholesterol, can lead to hearing loss.
And another study, this one in December 2010, actually tested CoQ10 and its ability to treat hearing loss. The results were impressive. Researchers from the University of Ulsan College of Medicine in Korea followed 60 patients with age-related hearing loss. They gave one group conventional steroid therapy. And they gave a second group the same steroid therapy along with 100 mg of CoQ10. Those taking the CoQ10 had greater improvements in their speech discrimination score than the group taking just the steroid therapy.
Clinically, one chiropractor – Dr. James Fettig – says he recommends his patients take CoQ10 to stop tinnitus symptoms. He says, "Boosting your blood levels of CoQ10 can lower the volume of the ringing. It's not a cure, but it provides some relief for the majority of people who try it...." He says the increased blood flow that CoQ10 provides for better heart health also helps overall blood flow to the ears, which can reduce ringing in the ears.
So if you're suffering from age-related hearing loss, start by taking 100 mg of CoQ10. The better-absorbed Ubiquinol may show better results at a lower dose.
However, don't just take CoQ10 for hearing loss. On Saturday, I'll show you more nutrients that can help.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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“Coenzyme Q 10 and cardiovascular risk factors in idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss patients.” Cadoni G, et al. Otol Neurotol. 2007 Oct;28(7):878-83.
“Coenzyme Q10 in combination with steroid therapy for treatment of sudden sensorineural hearing loss: a controlled prospective study.” Ahn JH, et al. Clin Otolaryngol. 2010 Dec;35(6):486-9.