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October 14th, 2010
By: Ethan A. Huff
A new study out of Chieti-Pescara University in Italy has found that extract from the bark of French maritime pine trees is effective at treating tinnitus, a hearing condition that can cause severe ringing, hissing, and rushing noises. Research indicates that pine bark extract, which is rich in antioxidants, helps to improve blood flow to the ear and thus eliminate tinnitus symptoms.
“Impaired blood flow to the ear is a common cause for tinnitus, a disturbing and very debilitating condition that can considerably impact overall health and quality of life,” explained Dr. Gianni Belcaro, lead researcher of the study. “With few options available for treatment, this study gave us the opportunity to explore a natural solution to tinnitus symptoms and its causes.”
When compared to a group not receiving the treatment, patients given Pycnogenol, a branded form of the pine bark, experienced a significant improvement in blood flow to their inner ears after just four weeks of treatment. And among those taking Pycnogenol, those in the high dose group (150 mg/day) experienced even greater improvements that those taking lower doses (100 mg/day).
Researchers also observed an overall improvement in felt symptoms among those taking Pycnogenol. Pain symptoms were reduced by 41 percent in the low dose Pycnogenol group while the high dose group experienced a 63 percent reduction in pain symptoms.
“The study clearly indicates Pycnogenol’s ability to improve vascular function and restore cochlear blood perfusion, which in turn relieves the severity of tinnitus symptoms,” stressed Dr. Belcaro. “The results provide further evidence of the supplement’s natural efficacy for a variety of vascular health problems.”
September 27, 2009
By Bate Felix
The European Commission issued new volume standards for MP3 players on Monday to help prevent music lovers damaging their hearing.
The new standards will require small technical changes to I-Pods and other MP3 devices so they play at a safe volume by default. There will also be a health warning so consumers who choose to override the default settings know the risks.
“The evidence is that particularly young people, who are listening to music at high volumes sometimes for hours each week, have no idea they can be putting their hearing at risk,” European Union Consumer Affairs Commissioner Meglena Kuneva told a news conference.
The Commission plans to adopt the standards as the norm for new products after a 24-month consultation procedure with scientists, industry and consumers.
An EU scientific body raised the health alarm in January, warning that up to 10 million young people are in danger of damaging their hearing by playing their MP3 players too loud.
Listening to personal music devices at high volumes for long periods of time can cause hearing loss and tinnitus, a ringing sensation in the ears, the EU Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks said.
There is currently no cure for hearing loss or tinnitus, the committee noted in its report.
Kuneva said 5-10 percent of MP3 users risk permanent hearing loss if they listen to a music player at high volume for more than 1 hour per day, each week over at least 5 years.
“It can take years for the hearing damage to show, and then it is simply too late,” she added.
The Commission said it was estimated that about 50 to 100 million people may be listening to portable music players on a daily basis.