TINNITUS TREATMENT

For most tinnitus sufferers, there is no cure. There is no pill or surgery that has been shown to eliminate tinnitus in scientific studies that have been replicated and accepted by the healthcare community.

There are some important exceptions to this. Some forms of tinnitus, particularly middle-ear tinnitus, can be treated. Sometimes a medication can cause tinnitus, and stopping or changing medications can eliminate the tinnitus (check with whoever prescribed the medication).

There are two broad categories of treatments that help people adjust to their tinnitus.

  • Counseling. Counseling can be beneficial with thoughts and emotions, hearing, sleep and concentration. One example of this approach is Tinnitus Activities Treatment, which includes individualized collaborative counseling in each of these areas.
     

  • Sound Therapy. Many tinnitus sufferers report that the presence of background sound reduces the prominence or the loudness of their tinnitus. The background sound can be present in the environment (e.g. fan noise). There are non-wearable devices that produce pleasant background sound (e.g. raindrops). Additionally, wearable maskers or sound generators are available that produce a ‘shhh’ noise (these can also be combined with hearing aids). The use of hearing aids improves communication, reduces the stress associated with intensive listening, and also can partially mask the tinnitus. Music can also be very effective in non-wearable and wearable devices.
     

  • Self-help Books. There are also some excellent self-help books available.

 

Reprinted with permission from the Better Hearing Institute Richard Tyler, PhD – The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Widex Zen Therapy

A new and unique approach to tinnitus management is Widex Zen Therapy which has been proven to help people with tinnitus. Widex Zen Therapy uniquely combines sound stimulation, counseling, stress reduction and amplification – all depending on your level of tinnitus.

 

Widex Zen Therapy can help you to:

  • reduce stress

  • overcome sleep difficulties and prevent fatigue

  • identify and change unhelpful negative thinking concerning tinnitus

  • reverse overcompensation by the brain because of hearing deficits

Julie P. Breton, Au.D. Doctor of Audiology • 508.297.2444

111 Belmont Street, Unit 1

South Easton, MA 02375

 

Dr.Breton@AdvancedHearingCare.com

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