Tinnitus or head noise is a common problem closely associated with hearing loss. It requires a full medical evaluation as well as in-depth audiometric evaluation often including advanced specialty testing to rule out more serious causes of tinnitus like tumors.
After a complete tinnitus evaluation has been performed to identify potentially medically treatable conditions and more serious causes of tinnitus, then tinnitus treatment options can then be explored. Many new and innovative treatment options are now available for tinnitus therapy.
Maskers are sound generating devices worn on the ears that are used to “mask” the perceived head noise.
Combination hearing devices are devices which are both hearing aids and maskers in one unit.
Often, treating your hearing loss with a hearing aid is the best treatment for your tinnitus. Increased sound input masks tinnitus naturally and makes it less noticeable.
Fractal technology and proprietary sound programs are new sound programs incorporated in some hearing devices and use chime-like tones to induce relaxation, as well as reduce tinnitus awareness.
Neuromonics is a small device with headphones delivers spectrally modified, precisely designed music embedded with an acoustic neural stimulus. These sounds, customized for each user’s audiological and tinnitus profile, stimulate the auditory pathway to promote neural plastic changes.
Over time, new connections train the brain to filter out tinnitus disturbance, providing long-term relief from symptoms. Read more about neuromonics, the breakthrough tinnitus treatment.
TRT is a form of habituation therapy. It uses counseling and sound therapy to end negative reactions to tinnitus perception, and then reduce and eventually end the conscious recognition of it. Frequently, noise generators are used in TRT to provide a background noise level. Counseling attempts to reclassify tinnitus as a neutral non-anxiety provoking signal and sound therapy attempts to weaken the tinnitus related neural activity.
Additionally, other treatment options are available to aid in tinnitus therapy including:
Some of these therapies may need close supervision by your medical doctor and/or your Ear, Nose and Throat physician.
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