In 1996, while I was President of Javelin Systems Group in California, I woke up early one morning to ringing in my ears. At first, I thought it would be short lived like my earlier episodes. But this time it lasted and did not go away. When to the doctor who told me it was just some water in my ear and gave me a prescription to dry up the ear canal. After several days I still had the ringing and it was starting to bother me. Finally, I went to an ENT specialist who told me I had tinnitus. Not knowing what it was I started to do research about the problem and what other people were doing,
Then, I saw an interview with William Shatner about his tinnitus and the fact that he saw Dr. Nagler for his tinnitus. So off I went to Atlanta and met with Dr. Nagler who in turn sold me his Tinnitus Retaining Therapy (TRT) for thousands of dollars which never worked even though I used the system for 18 months. Then, I started exploring hypnosis and herbal remedies. With hypnosis and herbal remedies I finally started to experience some relief but still had the ringing.
At that time, I was already president of Geromatrix Nutraceutical Corporation, so I started to speak to our formulators about developing our own tinnitus formula so that I can a better response. This was a natural since Geromatrix made some of the most effective blood pressure and diabetes formulas in the world which were known in the medical community for it medicinal response to controlling those issues.
Over the next 7 years, there were many dead ends and failed formula combinations. At that time a doctor friend of mine exposed use to Josef Rauschecker, a professor of neuroscience at the Georgetown University Medical Center, who has been researching tinnitus for over a decade, In looking at his research finding it became clear that the problem begins with damage to tiny vibrating receptors called hair cells in the snail-shaped cochlea of the inner ear. That injury results in two things: hearing loss — gaps in certain frequency ranges of hearing — but also a remapping in the auditory cortex of the brain, where signals received from the inner ear are processed. The brain then tries to fill in the gaps, and it does so by creating phantom sounds or what we know as tinnitus. We also found that on MRI scans of tinnitus sufferers, scientists were seeing evidence of this as hyperactivity or an excess firing of neurons in the brain’s auditory cortex.
That is when my formulators started looking at CTM (Chinese Traditional Medicine) to see what herbs dealt with brain balance. We then combined those herbal to the herbals that bring blood to the ears and brain. After about the 10th combination, the company found a product that worked.
As I was the guinea pig, I started using it daily. At first the response was slow but at the 90 day time frame when cell regenerate it started to notice the difference. By the month 6, I was starting to consecutive days without the tinnitus sounds and each week I got better and better finally about a years after starting our formula I became tinnitus free. Finally, being able to once again enjoy silent. The road back was hard, long and trying but the results were well worth the effort. That formula is now our new Tinnitus Away AF® formula.