There’s only one bad thing about summer: My neighbor’s kid is home from college, so the entire neighborhood has to listen to his music.
I can expect some peace and quiet starting August 26, the day he goes back.
But millions of Americans never REALLY get peace and quiet.
New numbers show 1 in 10 adults are battling tinnitus, or the terrible “ringing in the ears” that’s even worse than my neighbor’s kid’s music (and trust me, his music is pots-and-pans BAD).
This isn’t just a nuisance.
On a GOOD day, it can be enough to drive you absolutely batty.
On a bad one, the ringing can be more like a screaming — and for most folks, the bad days far outnumber the good ones.
Some 36 percent of tinnitus sufferers have constant symptoms, and another 15 percent hear the ringing, buzzing, humming, and hissing at least once a day.
Since only half of tinnitus patients talk to a doctor about the condition, the researchers behind the report say not enough people are getting treated… but you’re not going to believe what “treatment” they’re pushing.
It’s not drugs or surgery. It’s the one thing that’s worse.
They claim psychotherapy can help ease tinnitus — but if you want to hear a sound more grating and irritating that a constant ringing on your ears, try listening to a shrink for five minutes.
That’s not a treatment. It’s a PUNISHMENT!
All the psychobabble in the world isn’t going to stop the noise. It’s a REAL condition with a REAL cause, and that means you need some REAL solutions to silence those darned bells.
It doesn’t take much.
There’s a supplement called pine bark extract. I know. That sounds crazy.
Trust me; I’m not barking up the wrong tree on this one.
A patented form of pine bark extract called Pycnogenol is so effective at beating tinnitus that in one study, 90 percent of patients given 150 mg per day were symptom-free within six months.
In the control group, just 34 percent were symptom-free.
The patients in this study had Meniere’s disease, a common cause of tinnitus, but other studies show it can also work for people who have tinnitus without the disease — and the reason is simple.
In both cases, tinnitus is usually caused by circulation in the ear that slows so much you might think it’s gummed up with all that ear wax.
Pine bark extract can improve the flow of blood, especially in the inner ear — and once everything is flowing like it should, your ear becomes like my neighbor’s house at the end of August: nice and quiet.