Biomarkers Of Health


Improving Your Health: Tinnitus as Key Biomarker

By Max Stanley Chartrand, Ph.D. (Behavioral Medicine)

One of the genuine mysteries in healthcare today is the condition called tinnitus or ringing of the ears. Indeed, more than 30 million Americans complain of chronic tinnitus, about 12 million of which experience it so severely that it interferes with their quality of life. Will there ever be a "cure" for tinnitus?

As a result of more than 30 years research, we at DigiCare have concluded, "Because there are myriad underlying causes for tinnitus, unless these causes are addressed, nothing substantive happens."

It is more accurate to understand tinnitus, not as a stand-alone condition, but as a symptom of other things wrong in the body. The single most common thing wrong in least 90% of cases of long-term tinnitus, is that of uncorrected hearing loss.

But the mystery deepens. Other underlying causes of tinnitus, which also cause hearing loss, are: noise trauma, past and present ear infections, chronic inhalant allergy, diabetes mellitus II, cardiovascular disease, depression, hyperlipidemia, arthritis, and chronic dehydration, to name but a few. Finally, the terrible side- and interaction-effects of many prescription medications coupled with any of the above are also causes of hearing loss and tinnitus.

Look at the photo above. It is a video otoscopy view of one patient's eardrum or tympanic membrane (TM). Note the following biomarkers, which are indicators of underlying causes of tinnitus & hearing loss:

Cone of light distortion on rim of TM indicates inhalant allergy.
White scar tissue on TM indicates childhood infection history.
Pervasive white over TM indicates arterial plaques from years of acidosis. Causes bone loss, hypertension, atherosclerosis.
Dilated synapses (tobacco, caffeine, or SSRI meds re withheld hormones that regulate sleep, mood, & motor control.
Lack of desquamation lines evidence of serum/cellular pH below 7.1, acidosis, developing diabetes mellitus II & CVD.
(Not visible via otoscopy) Progressive bilateral mild to severe sensorineural (nerve) high frequency hearing loss
(Not visible via otoscopy) "Phantom hearing" effects, described as frying, hissing, crickets, and high pitch ringing.

Here is how this patient worked to reduce his tinnitus and hearing loss, and eventually became so healthy he had to come off all medication, including diabetic, hypertension, acid reflux, arthritis, osteoporosis, and cholesterol medications. By doing so, remaining tinnitus became much softer and he became immensely more healthy overall:

Fitted with wide-range digital amplification for optimal correction of hearing impairment bilaterally
MiraCell Botanical Solution on TMs daily for 4 weeks
Increased water intake (see chart on Water Monologue)
Stopped microwaving foods
Used only extra virgin olive oil in cooking and salads
Abstained from caffeine, alcohol, tobacco
Oatmeal for breakfast with real butter, honey, 2% milk
Nutritional supplementation as shown in the box (below)
Under doctor's guidance, & as each biomarker improved, reduced prescription medication until medication-free

While not all cases of tinnitus and hearing loss line up exactly with the above, a majority of those observed during three studies leading up to development of the DigiCare Multimodal Tinnitus Management program do match quite closely. In some cases (about 35%), if caught early, the tinnitus component completely subsided. In yet others, the tinnitus was noticed only in quiet. But in nearly all cases(95%)--even the most severe cases--where all aspects of MTM were faithfully observed, the tinnitus was more easily managed, hearing loss was improved, and quality of life increased significantly*.

Underlying causes fall basically under three categories: Inflammation, hydration, and low cellular pH (acidosis). Correct these, along with sensory aspects of hearing loss, and the rate of success in reducing and/or managing tinnitus and effects of hearing loss are dramatically improved.