Quiet Assure is a supplement that claims to reduce ringing in the ears from tinnitus in just 90 days. Quiet Assure states it is a homeopathic medicine that uses natural substances and works in 2 phases, the result of which will be less noise, and more piece of mind.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a life-disrupting condition where you constantly hear a buzzing, ringing, or other sound in your head. It is estimated to affect 50 million people, but for about 16 million the sound is so loud and annoying they seek medical help.
Tinnitus can occur due to long-term exposure to loud or low sounds, like working in a factory for 20 years or cranking a guitar amp too loud for too long. But it can happen to anyone at any time in their lives. Fun fact: William Shatner experienced it after standing to close to an explosion while filming the TV show Star Trek.
Tinnitus is essentially a neurological condition that most often occurs due to damage to the cochlea where the brain is unable to properly process signals coming from the ear. The result is a variety of noises that usually only the person experiencing it can hear. At this time, there is no cure for tinnitus, but often the condition lessens over time and there are ways to manage the symptoms.
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a very old form of alternative therapy (we’re hesitant to use the word “medicine”) that believes a tiny amount of a substance – less than one molecule – will be enough to cure an ailment. Even proponents of homeopathy don’t quite know how or why it works.
A recent report from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia examined the claims of dozens of homeopathic remedies and found no reliable evidence that any of them are effective. They found 13 heath conditions for where studies showed them no more effective than a placebo and 29 where not enough data was available. While 14 conditions had some benefit from homeopathy, the clinical studies proving them were deemed untrustworthy.
Homeopathy is regulated in the United States, but the FDA does not evaluate these supplements for effectiveness. Quiet Assure notes in the fine print, as required by law, their product is “not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”
Who is Dr. Bob Martin?
Dr. Bob Martin has a list of impressive initials after his name – A.B.A.A.H.P., C.C.N, D.A.C.B.N – but none of them are M.D. or recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialists. “Dr. Bob” is a board-certified chiropractic physician, the host of a weekly podcast, author of a book called Secret Nerve Cures, and sells another homeopathic elixir called Nerve Pain Plus.
Stephen M. Barrett M.D., who runs a website called Quackwatch notes that Dr. Bob only attended medical school in the Caribbean for 4 months before dropping out. He adds that in order to be called an “Anti-Aging Health Professional,” such as Dr. Martin claims he is, you have to pass a one-day examination.
How much does Dr. Bob charge for the Quiet Assure treatment package?
Quiet Assure claims to sell a complete 2-stage recovery system that will reduce or eliminate tinnitus in 90 days for $79.90, which includes free shipping. They state the first 30 days is the “loading phase” where you are instructed to “jumpstart” the treatment by taking 2 pills a day, followed by the “maintenance phase” where you lower your dosage to just one pill a day.
However, the fine print notes that there is a negative option clause, meaning that unless you call customer service to cancel in time, they will charge you another $79.90 and send you 3 more months of Quiet Assure.
Quiet Assure customer service telephone: 1-888-207-6183
Quiet Assure Money Back Guarantee
Quiet Assure claims to have a 90-day money back guarantee, but there are some important things to note. First, while they claim Quiet Assure takes 90 days to work, your money back guarantee also ends on the 90th day after delivery. This means even if you do everything they say and take Quiet Assure for 90 days and it doesn’t work and you call them on the 91st day, you won’t be able to get your money back. It should also be noted that the terms and conditions state you can only returned one opened bottle.
In addition, if you forget to cancel your automatic shipments, you will be sent more Quiet Assure.
Important note: when you buy Quiet Assure, you are also signing their arbitration agreement, which forbids you from suing them or joining a class action lawsuit against them, instead opting for an independent moderator. A recent New York Times investigation into arbitration agreements found this practice has been abused by a wide variety of companies and it ends up hurting the consumer.
Bottom Line: Is Quiet Assure a great way to stop the ringing in my ears?
No. We come to this conclusion because of the lack of evidence homeopathy actually works any better than a placebo, the questionable medical background of Dr. Martin, the lack of a money-back guarantee on his supposed miracle tinnitus cure, and the binding agreement you sign waiving your right to sue.
Tinnitus is certainly an annoying problem, but fortunately it’s not life threatening (unless you start hearing your own heartbeat, which in rare cases can be a sign of a tumor). Tinnitus can be managed in a number of ways, including reducing caffeine intake and stress, two factors that can greatly amplify the symptoms. You can also try sleeping with music or white noise that may help mask the problem at night.
According to WebMD, there is mixed evidence taking gingko biloba will help reduce tinnitus, but we only recommend taking supplements that have the US Pharmacopeia (USP) Seal, which ensures their purity. Quiet Assure lists gingko as an “inactive ingredient” and has no USP Seal.
If tinnitus lasts for more than a week, talk with your doctor. You may also want to visit The American Tinnitus Association that offers ways to manage your tinnitus.
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