What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the perception of sound when there is no corresponding external source. It is commonly described as "ringing in the ears," but it can also sound like hissing, roaring, clicking, or buzzing. Tinnitus can be intermittent or constant, and it can vary in loudness. Some people are only mildly bothered by it, while others find it debilitating.
What is the Cause of Tinnitus?
The exact cause of tinnitus is unknown, but it is often associated with hearing loss. Tinnitus may also be a symptom of other underlying conditions, such as earwax buildup, an ear infection, or a head injury. There is no cure for tinnitus, but there are treatments that can help to lessen the symptoms.
What Treatment Options are Available?
Tinnitus symptoms are different and unique for each individual person's situation, and a comprehensive evaluation gives us a better picture of the most suitable treatment options for you. Ruling out medical and physical variables that may be exacerbating your tinnitus symptoms is the first goal of diagnostic testing and evaluation. Despite the absence of any true cure for tinnitus, our hearing professionals are highly experienced in applying effective strategies and therapies to mitigate your symptoms in combination with the latest technologies.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
Tinnitus retraining therapy is a therapeutic process that helps to reduce the perception of tinnitus. It is a combination of sound therapy and counseling, which alters the brain's neural signals. This process has given relief to many of our patients.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of counseling. It helps patients alleviate stress by altering their bodys' emotional response to tinnitus symptoms. Negative thought patterns are retrained to elicit more positive reactions.
Masking is the process of drowning out or removing the perception of tinnitus sounds. Various electronic devices that are similar to hearing aids can be worn to distract users from consciously hearing the unwanted phantom noises. These masking devices output a constant low-level sound, much like white noise players, and can also be found in bedside variations.
As one of the most commonly prescribed treatments for hearing loss, hearing aids can often be modified to support various features that help relieve tinnitus symptoms. In addition to amplifying sound so that you can hear better, they can also utilize masking functions to conceal tinnitus noise.
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