Ask Dr. Julie
Q: Is there any advantage to wearing my devices full-time vs. part-time?
A: YES! Our brains perform best with consistent input. The more we wear our devices for hearing loss, tinnitus, or both, the better so that the brain can confidently process the input. If we are not consistent, the brain can become confused and never achieve maximum benefit.
Q: Do over-the-counter tinnitus treatments work?
A: No. Over-the-counter substances and herbal remedies do not work in the treatment of tinnitus. No reliable scientific evidence proves that such substances have any impact on tinnitus. This includes Lipoflavinoid, which has not been approved by the FDA to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent tinnitus. Many of these products are essentially multi-vitamins. Be wary of anecdotal success stories. Sometimes when people take over-the-counter treatments, this coincides with their natural relief from tinnitus, leading them to believe that the treatment has worked. A short-term placebo effect can also cause someone to believe an ineffectual treatment is effective.