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Tinnitus

Tinnitus

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Roughly 25 million Americans have experienced tinnitus, a symptom associated with many forms of hearing problems. (It can also be a symptom of other health problems.) Tinnitus is typically caused by: Hearing Loss, Noise Exposure, Medication, and some medical conditions.

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Tinnitus Therapy or Treatment

 

The severity of your tinnitus depends largely on how much attention you pay to the unwanted sound. When tinnitus prompts negative feelings, it can cause a reaction that makes you pay more attention to it, and a vicious cycle begins. The aim of tinnitus therapy is to break this vicious cycle.

As part of our tinnitus therapy and management assessment, we carry out a complete hearing assessment including Pure tone Audiometry, Tympanometry, Acoustic Reflexes, Otoacoustic Emissions and Speech Discrimination. Specifically, for tinnitus assessment we conduct an interview using the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) to grade the severity of your tinnitus. Based on your evaluation and in conjunction with you, we will implement the prescribed treatment plan. Management may include the use of hearing aid amplification, sound therapy and /or behavioral modification therapy.

 

Our Course of Evaluation and Treatment

Through our vast experience, we have developed a variety of approaches that provide relief for most of our patients. The following is the process for evaluation and treatment.

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Step 1:

Assessments and Medical Clearance.

Because tinnitus can be associated with ear and other anatomical disease, it is important that we ascertain what the underlying causes of your problem are. In most cases tinnitus is caused by an underlying hearing loss. Sometimes however it can be caused by other problems that are not appropriate for treatment in an audiology setting. If we find that your case is not suitable for treatment, we will refer you to an appropriate Specialist to rule out any health-related conditions that could be the cause of your tinnitus or could be treated through medical and/or surgical intervention.

Step 2:

Treatment Options

Treatment of the Underlying Hearing Loss Treatment of the Underlying Hearing Loss is important. There are many options for treatment with tinnitus dependent on the severity and the underlying cause. In quite a lot of cases correction of a hearing loss with well fitted hearing aids will reduce or eliminate the tinnitus symptoms. In the cases where this is not enough, we also prescribe sound therapy. Many modern hearing aid devices are combination devices giving amplification and sound therapy. Different types of noises or chime-like sounds can be used with or without amplification to offer relief from tinnitus. Sound therapy will most often be accompanied by education, counseling, and stress reduction. It may also include professionals from other disciplines (i.e., psychology, dentistry, neurology, etc.). This new approach is proving to be very successful and is being used more frequently by the hearing professionals in our office.

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