Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is a common condition. It is also an annoying one. There are many causes for this condition. In fact, there are so many causes that it makes your head spin. This is because many separate conditions can affect the intricate (and ingenious) structure of the outer and inner ear. The most common causes of tinnitus, however, are tinnitus caused by excessive exposure to loud noise and age-associated tinnitus. As already mentioned, there are many medical conditions that can cause tinnitus, many that are potentially serious. This is why when you have tinnitus (especially when you were not exposed to loud noise) it is highly recommended to have a visit with your doctor in order to exclude (or confirm) more serious causes.
With respect to age-related tinnitus in the elderly population, one of the most common causes of tinnitus is inadequate blood flow to the inner ear. The primary reason for this is atherosclerosis (i.e. fatty cholesterol plaques) and calcification (i.e. hardening due to calcium deposits) of the small arteries supplying the inner ear. Thus, it would make sense to take measures that would increase the blood flow to this intricate organ we call the ear. This is exactly how Ear Tone by New Nordic is designed.
The three primary active ingredients in this product are Ginkgo biloba, magnesium and Pinus pinaster (i.e. the bark of the maritime pine containing the active ingredient Pycnogenol). Ginkgo has many health benefits and is mostly popular for enhancing cognitive (i.e. mental) performance and memory. It does this through various mechanisms, but with respect to tinnitus, it inhibits platelet aggregation. Platelets are small structures in blood that cause blood clotting. By inhibiting them, Ginkgo makes blood flow more smoothly and thus supply more blood to the inner ear. This brings in more oxygen and nutrients which makes the inner ear function more efficiently, thereby reducing or eliminating the tinnitus.
Magnesium on the other hand relaxes the smooth muscle that makes up the wall of arteries. This has the effect of dilating blood vessels which in turn also brings more blood to the inner ear. This is not only helpful for arteries that are narrowed by atherosclerotic plaques but also for arteries hardened by calcium.
Finally, there is
Pycnogenol. This substance from the pine bark is a powerful antioxidant. Its
primary role in the context of tinnitus is that it increases the level of a
substance called Nitric Oxide. This is the primary molecule in the body
responsible for dilation of blood vessels. It is also the primary molecule
responsible for genital erections both in men and women. Pycnogenol does this
by inhibiting the degradation of Nitric Oxide and also by stimulating the
enzyme responsible for Nitric Oxide production. This quality can also be very
beneficial in athletes for improved physical performance (dilating blood
vessels brings more blood with oxygen and nutrients to muscles) as well as for
individuals with erectile dysfunction.