Tinnitus can be extremely frustrating and for some even debilitating, fortunately there are effective tinnitus treatment options available. Tinnitus is best understood as the perception of a sound heard in your ears or head. Some people describe their it as ringing, buzzing, hissing, whistling, chirping, music and even voices. For some their tinnitus is continuous for others it is intermittent.
Those who experience tinnitus often report difficulties with concentration, listening, and sleep. There are no known cures for most forms of tinnitus, but there are however many tinnitus treatment options available.
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. Most tinnitus sufferers can find varying degrees of relief from one or a combination of the following.
Clinical studies have shown that the use of hearing aids for tinnitus patients can provide relief. We have found that in our office as well. The vast majority of our hearing aid patients experience a great deal of relief from their tinnitus with the use of their hearing aids. Learn more about innovative tinnitus treatment using hearing aids.
Used in combination with a tinnitus management program we help you to learn how to manage your tinnitus. Know that you are not alone in this. Many others have experienced tinnitus and are able to receive help and carry on with a normal life. Learning how to avoid thinking about your tinnitus is a difficult undertaking. It does not go away overnight; it takes time to retrain the brain. The combination of education through counseling and tinnitus treatment can be very helpful.
Sometimes a medical referral to your primary care physician or an otoloaryngolgist (ENT) is necessary. We will be able to make that determination after a comprehensive evaluation in our office.
People with tinnitus can become easily agitated, frustrated, annoyed and depressed. Individual relaxation techniques are an important factor when managing your tinnitus. Music, exercise, being out in nature are common relaxation options. Joining a tinnitus support group or blog site can help provide an outlet to talk with other people going through something similar to what you are going through.