A Texas man, trying to restore his hair, happened across a way to quiet his Tinnitus. He was so delighted with the results that he wrote a letter to the Houston Chronicle to “share the wealth”, as it were.
The following is the exact letter he wrote to the paper;
I wanted to share my experience with tinnitus. It’s not incapacitating, but it is annoying. I found something that helps by serendipity.
My wife has hair loss. She takes levothyroxine (Synthroid) and liothyronine (Cytomel) because her thyroid was removed via radiation. She also takes biotin to lessen her hair loss.
I’m bald on top, but I thought I’d see if biotin would help grow new hair. It didn’t.
What did happen with the very first dose was total elimination of my tinnitus! A few hours after I take the biotin, the tinnitus returns, but at a much lower intensity.
So, he tried to make his hair grow back (which didn’t work) and, along the way, he made his T go away.
How Did a Hair Loss Pill Make His Tinnitus Vanish?
Well, I’m not a doctor, but what I suspect has happened is that the author has just diagnosed himself with a Vitamin B deficiency. He took his wife’s biotin, which is vitamin B7.
According to WebMD, “Biotin is an important component of enzymes in the body that break down certain substances like fats, carbohydrates, and others.
There isn’t a good laboratory test for detecting biotin deficiency, so this condition is usually identified by its symptoms, which include thinning of the hair (frequently with loss of hair color) and red scaly rash around the eyes, nose, and mouth. Nervous system symptoms include depression, exhaustion, hallucinations, and tingling of the arms and legs. There is some evidence that diabetes could result in biotin deficiency.”
Did somebody say nervous system?
Tinnitus and the nervous system go together like butter bread. So a B7 deficiency could very well be at the root of the author’s condition.
Now, at this point, it should be stated that B7 deficiencies are extremely rare, according to Medical News Today, so I would caution against rushing out and buying a case of biotin.
The thing about B7 is that it travels in the bloodstream and excess amounts of it are lost in the urine, which would explain why the author finds relief for a short time and then has to take more to get the same results.
Do You Need to Take a Biotin Supplement?
No, you don’t have to take a supplement to get biotin in your system. In fact, biotin is not considered worthy of a recommended daily intake in most developed countries because, typically, intestinal bacteria produces an excess of it in the body. But a number of metabolic disorders exist that limits an individual’s metabolism of biotin so it’s possible to have a deficiency and not be aware of it.
If you want more biotin, you can get it from food. If you’ve been around Stop the Ringing for long, you know that I regularly harp on the idea of treating Tinnitus with food, so much so that I wrote a book on it.
Food sources of Biotin include:
- Egg yolks
- Bread, whole-wheat
- Cheese, cheddar
- Cauliflower (raw)
- Dairy Products
So Should We All Dose Up On Biotin?
Not necessarily. What I found interesting in this letter to the editor is that (I suspect) the author discovered a “miracle cure” for his Tinnitus in a hair loss supplement. If someone had told him, “Eat more liver”, he might not have been so receptive. But because the “cure” he found came from a drugstore, it’s perfectly fine.
Why am I telling you this? Because I want you all to keep an open mind when it comes to possible avenues for silencing the demon noise in your head. And, hey, if you try biotin, let us know if you either lose the ringing or regrow the flowing locks.
By the way, if you want to read the original letter, it can be found here, at the Houston Chronicle.Man Cures His Tinnitus With a Hair Loss Pill Click To Tweet