The Buzz About Tinnitus

An estimated 50 million Americans are affected by Tinnitus, better known as ringing in the ears.

Many people who experience tinnitus suffer from some degree of hearing loss.

Tinnitus therapy hearing aids divert attention away from the disturbing tinnitus sounds. They make it easier to listen to external sounds again instead of permanently concentrating on annoying internal sounds. The sound emitted by the hearing aids draws focus away from the tinnitus.

Causes of Tinnitus:


*Certain disorders, such as hypo- or hyperthroidism, lyme disease, fibromyalgia, and thoracic outlet syndrome can have tinnitus as a symptom. When tinnitus is a symptom of another disorder or condition, treating the disorder may help alleviate the tinnitus. *Certain types of tumors – Rarely, people have a benign and slow-growing tumor on the auditory nerve. These tumors can cause tinnitus, deafness, facial paralysis, and loss of balance. Pulsing noises timed with one’s heart beat are generally vascular (bloodflow related) in nature or may signal a conductive hearing loss. An audiological examination followed by a medical exam by a primary physician or otolaryngologist may be necessary. Click here for more information. Irregular clicking noises may be a sign of middle ear muscle contractions. Again, this should be examined audio logically and medically, although the condition is typically benign.

Treatment

Treatment is available to manage tinnitus! Since tinnitus is a symptom of an underlying condition, it is important to first identify and address the cause. As a result, the following steps are taken in our clinic.

  • Comprehensive audiological evaluation assessing the function of the entire ear including the middle and inner ear regions. We utilize high-frequency audiometry and Otoacoustic Emissions to help detect early loss of inner ear function.
  • Tinnitus evaluation to assess the pitch and loudness of the perceived sound. Loudness discomfort levels are measured in cases of poor loudness tolerance.
  • We have specialized training and years of experience practicing Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). This technique can provide long-term relief by allowing the brain to learn to ignore the tinnitus sounds. There are devices available that can accelerate the process and bring faster relief in some patients.
  • Some tinnitus patients require hearing amplification. Only a thorough diagnostic evaluation will let us know. If this is determined Clear Choice uses Sound Options which provides a clinically-tested and FDA cleared sound therapy designed specifically for each tinnitus sufferer. After a hearing and tinnitus assessment, the treatment is designed by specialized software that embeds a customized sound therapy into music.The sound therapy is embedded in music to provide a relaxing and enjoyable way to manage your tinnitus at your convenience.

The initial assessment/diagnostic evaluation is the first step in crafting a personalized long-term treatment plan for you.


 

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