Tinnitus – Treatments and what we can do

Tinnitus is a common condition that is often described as a ringing, rushing, buzzing, clicking or hissing in the ears. Tinnitus is a symptom associated with many forms of hearing loss. Tinnitus will not cause your hearing to deteriorate. Our Audiologist can help recommend a course of action to deal with and relieve this problem.

Treatments for Tinnitus

Although there is no cure for tinnitus, there are treatments that may give you some relief. Not every treatment works for everyone, so you may need to try several to find the ones that help. Treatments can include:

Hearing aids: Most people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing aids create a dual benefit of enhancing hearing and masking or covering up the tinnitus. The majority of patients with tinnitus receive partial or complete relief from their tinnitus with the use of hearing aids.

Maskers: Tinnitus maskers are small electronic devices that look like hearing aids and are tuned to generate sound that masks or covers up the tinnitus. Like hearing aids, they may provide relief from the tinnitus, but will not enhance hearing and may interfere with understanding speech. Many types of devices, such as fans, radios and sound generators can be used as tinnitus maskers to help tinnitus sufferers to fall sleep or get back to sleep.

Relaxing: Learning how to relax is very helpful if the noise in your ears frustrates you. Stress makes tinnitus seem worse. By relaxing, you have a chance to rest and better deal with the sound.

Sound Therapy and Counseling: Sound therapy is designed to retrain the brain to ignore the tinnitus, and is achieved with the use of sound generators or hearing instruments to partially mask the tinnitus. If a hearing loss is present the use of hearing instruments and/or combination devices (sound generators and amplifiers) help tinnitus by improving communication and reducing stress, as well as providing partial masking.

What can you do?

Think about things that will help you cope. Many people find listening to music very helpful. Focusing on music might help you forget about your tinnitus for a while. It can also help to mask the sound. Other people like to listen to recorded nature sounds, like ocean waves, the wind, or even crickets.

Avoid anything that can make your tinnitus worse, such as smoking, alcohol and loud noise.
Schedule an appointment with an Audiologist to evaluate and discuss your Tinnitus.

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