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Tinnitus

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Providing Advanced Tinnitus Care

Those with ringing, buzzing, humming, or whistling in their ears, known as tinnitus, can experience anything ranging from mild irritation to debilitating. Unfortunately, even a mild case of tinnitus often leads to a more severe case when left untreated. 

Although experts are divided on what causes tinnitus, the CDC estimates that about 50 million or 15% of the US population are affected by the condition.

How Is Tinnitus Treated?

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Those with tinnitus experience mild ringing or buzzing in their ears in initial stages of the condition, which is often connected to the loss of the capacity to hear certain frequencies.

As awareness of the sound increases, stress becomes an added contributor, stirring up the brain’s emotional centers, which increases the intensity of the symptoms.

The increased intensity increases hearing sensitivity making ordinary sounds uncomfortably loud. Increased hearing sensitivity adds to stress creating a snowball effect.

There is no cure for tinnitus, but audiologists, scientists, and doctors have identified various therapeutic options capable of providing varying levels of relief. However, because the condition is unique in each case, some patients respond best to one type of treatment while others may not respond at all.

Consequently, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment, which means that each case requires a very personalized approach. Hearing Associates has a variety of tinnitus treatment options at our disposal, including:

 

  • Hearing Aids, which not only mask the sound but also correct any associated hearing loss
  • Sound Maskers, which help to cover up the sound in order to decrease the user’s awareness
  • Medication Therapy, which can be used to reduce stress and anxiety
  • Levo Systems, which helps by matching the sound quality and volume of tinnitus sounds to create a zeroing out effect
  • Desyncra Sound Therapy, which works to disrupt the tinnitus neural signal to the brain
  • The Listening Program® SLEEP, which helps to reduce the effects by producing acoustically modified subtle sounds of nature and ambient music to retrain how the brain interprets sound
  • The Sound Pillow® Sleep System, which helps the patient to relax, “slow down” the brain, and  promote sustainable sleep (critical to stress reduction)

In addition to the use of various instruments, tinnitus therapy often involves educating patients with a variety of coping skills or behavioral management. These skills help patients to deal with the emotional difficulties that typically correspond to the condition such as depression, stress, and anger. This approach is often referred to as tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) and can be a critical element in overall tinnitus management.

Schedule a Tinnitus Assessment

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You don’t have to put up with that constant ringing, buzzing, humming, or whistling in your ears. There are solutions! Because tinnitus symptoms start out small and snowball into more advanced issues, seeking help early rather than late is your best option. By filling out our “Get a Tinnitus Assessment” form, you can start the process toward getting help for your condition.