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How Soundbites Works

Soundbites is the result of three decades of biomedical research by a small team of University of Michigan Medical School neuroscientists. 

Their focus was to preserve normal auditory function and after more than a decade of lab research revealed that hearing loss is a metabolic stress disorder.

Below is a summary overview of how Soundbites works. We also have a more detailed page that explains the science and research behind Soundbites.

The root cause is excess inner ear free radicals creating oxidative stress that disrupts normal biochemical processes and leads to DNA damage and the premature death of inner ear cells. The death of these cells is experienced as hearing loss.

Inner ear oxidative stress can originate in the environment as noise, or internally, as a consequence of aging, ototoxic drugs, or certain genetic mutations and viruses.

Soundbites helps protect the health of your ears

Soundbites replenishes essential nutrients to help protect the health of your ears and prevent oxidative stress. Taken daily as part of your regular healthcare routine, Soundbites provides continuous support to help keep inner ear cells strong and healthy, much like you use toothpaste to prevent cavities.

Soundbites is patented for all major types of hearing loss caused by excess inner ear free radicals, and for preventing and treating temporary and permanent tinnitus.

Vitamin A

The primary antioxidant action of β-carotene, which our bodies metabolize into vitamin A, is to scavenge singlet oxygen, a free radical. Singlet oxygen reacts with lipids (fatty acids) to form lipid hydroperoxides. Removing singlet oxygen detoxifies by preventing lipid peroxidation. β-carotene stops free radicals from stealing electrons from the lipids in cell membranes, thus preventing cell damage. 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E, present in the lipid compartments of cells, is a donor antioxidant that removes free radicals from the lipid compartments, also reacting with and reducing peroxyl radicals, inhibiting the spread of lipid peroxidation.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C detoxifies by scavenging oxygen free radicals in the water compartments of cells. Vitamin C also blocks lipid peroxidation by free radicals that ‘escape’ neutralization by antioxidant vitamins A and E. 

Maintaining normal innner ear blood flow

In addition to detoxifying free radicals, Soundbites maintains normal inner ear blood flow. In most body tissues, increased demand for metabolism increases blood flow, which provides additional oxygen. However, the opposite happens in the inner ear. High levels of noise, for example, decrease inner ear blood flow by constricting red blood cell velocity and blood circulation, primarily by temporarily constricting the diameter of inner ear blood vessels through the release of a powerful vasoconstrictor, the isoprostane 8-iso prostaglandin F (2alpha). 

Reduced inner ear blood flow significantly increases metabolic instability because cellular metabolism depends on the adequate supply of oxygen and nutrients as well as the efficient elimination of waste products. 

Reduced blood flow caused by noise exposure is followed by a rebound –  an ‘overshoot’ – after the noise stops. The overshoot induces the formation of more free radicals, adding to those formed during noise exposure. The supplemental magnesium reduces noise-induced vasoconstriction and reperfusion, which attenuates noise induced hearing loss. 

Keep the hearing you have

A neuroscientist colleague summed up this significant scientific achievement by saying Soundbites helps inner ear cells stay strong and healthy and live longer. He said it’s reasonable to think about Soundbites as a new standard of care, an anti-aging nutritional supplement that helps keep the hearing you have, regardless of your age.

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