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Treatment Options for Tinnitus

Due to the personal and unique nature of each person’s tinnitus, proper evaluation and specialized treatment is necessary. There is no single cure for tinnitus, but there are many options to manage it. Our audiologists are experienced at providing individual solutions on a case-by-case basis.

The goal of the initial tinnitus consultation is to first determine if medical intervention is warranted. Second is to evaluate the severity of the tinnitus and to determine how it affects the person in their day-to-day life. Following that, we will develop a personalized treatment protocol for your specific needs using the latest research and technology.

HEARING AIDS

Many tinnitus sufferers who have hearing loss often attribute their communication difficulties to the tinnitus and not the hearing loss. Research has shown that the most effective treatment for tinnitus for those who also experience hearing loss is the use of a personal hearing system. In many cases, the distressing combination of tinnitus and hearing loss can be relieved with AGX hearing technology. The goal of amplification is to improve communication thereby reducing stress in everyday life. In addition, amplification can often reduce or eliminate your perception of the tinnitus. Many AGX hearing solutions have built-in tinnitus management sound generators used to relax the wearer and distract the brain from the tinnitus.

SOUND THERAPY

Sound therapy uses sound to decrease the perceived loudness or prominence of tinnitus by completely or partially covering the tinnitus. The types of sounds that can be incorporated in this approach include music, noise (pink, white, broadband, narrowband), relaxation-type sounds or environmental sounds (e.g., ocean waves, breeze, rain). No one kind of sound is proven to be more effective than another. Sound therapy alone has been shown to help individual’s better cope and manage their tinnitus, significantly reducing their perceived tinnitus handicap. Sound therapy such as the LEVO System by Otoharmonics which is worn at night while you sleep and used to teach the brain to habituate to the tinnitus thereby providing relief during the day and at night, are also available. In addition, bedside sound generators and other devices may also be recommended.

COUNSELING

Research studies support that one way to help patients, especially with tinnitus, is to provide them with information! Helping patients understand their symptoms gives them the ability to correct misconceptions and make informed decisions. Often individuals have very inaccurate beliefs about tinnitus and can develop negative thoughts and behaviors, which can increase stress and make their symptoms and experience even worse. For this reason, education and counseling can be powerful tools for the tinnitus patient.

Many people experience tinnitus but only a small group are bothered by it enough to seek treatment. Often the trigger in a person’s life can be a major traumatic event. Obtaining counseling on how to manage the stress in your personal life can decrease the tinnitus allowing it to become much more manageable. Some tinnitus treatment protocols incorporate a formal counseling technique called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Use of CBT as part of an effective treatment program is often recommended.

COMBINATION TREATMENTS

The combination of multiple treatment options often provides the greatest relief to the tinnitus patient. There are a number of treatment protocols that incorporate and encourage a combination of treatment options including Tinnitus Activities Treatment (TAT), Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), and Progressive Tinnitus Management (PTM).

During your visit, our professionals will discuss appropriate customized treatment options with you and determine if referrals to additional professionals are needed.