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DEAR DR. ROACH: I was treated for tinnitus with bioflavonoids. Within a few days, I noticed a definite improvement. My tinnitus is much better, and now I get symptoms only when I am very tired. I hope this story helps someone. -- J.F.B.
ANSWER: Bioflavonoids are a class of compounds found in many natural products, especially in the rinds of citrus fruits. They are reported to have many benefits, including potential improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol. Some studies have shown improvement in tinnitus with bioflavonoid supplements, but the most recent and largest studies have not shown any help. However, they are generally safe, and a trial of taking bioflavonoids (either as a supplement or just through increased fresh fruit) is reasonable. There may be a placebo effect, but I also hope someone gets helped by your suggestion, regardless of whether it's a placebo response.
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