Tinnitus is a very common problem affecting 44 million Americans. Most commonly referred to as ringing in the ears, tinnitus is described as a perceived buzzing, whirring, chirping or ringing “sound” in the ears that others cannot hear. Most of us have experienced this ringing in the ears sensation at some point in our lives. For many the experience of the bothersome ringing sound is so frequent that it becomes disruptive. For individuals with problem tinnitus, it is perceived as a threat to their well-being. For these people, it interferes with their daily work and even with their sleep. Hyperacusis is the condition in which ordinary sounds seem unpleasantly loud or painful and can be equally disruptive. It is often associated with tinnitus, but hyperacusis can be experienced alone as well. In both, the causes can vary which emphasizes the need for a professional auditory evaluation by an audiologist.
Fortunately treatment can bring relief from the frequent and disruptive ringing sensation. Our treatment plans focus on retraining the brain to reduce the effects of tinnitus and hyperacusis on the patient’s quality of life. The treatment protocol combines education and counseling with sound therapy. Research indicates that the effectiveness of treatment is highest when hearing aids or sound maskers are combined with a structured education and counseling program. Most advanced hearing aids also have built in sound masking programs to combat the effects of tinnitus. In a majority of cases, hearing loss is also present. By treating the underlying loss we can minimize the disruption caused by ringing in the ears.
We carefully evaluate the auditory system and medical history to determine whether or not medical intervention is warranted. We evaluate the effects of tinnitus and hyperacusis on your quality of life. We inform and provide recommendations to make tinnitus and hyperacusis less bothersome. We will work with you to determine the optimal treatment.
If you or a loved one struggles with tinnitus, contact us to schedule an evaluation today.
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