Tinnitus Therapy and Management
Tinnitus Can't be Cured, But It Can Be Treated
Tinnitus Therapy & Management
We carry out a complete hearing assessment including Puretone Audiometry, Tympanometry, Acoustic Reflexes, Otoacoustic Emissions and Speech Discrimination. Specifically for tinnitus assessment we conduct an interview using the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) to grade the severity of the patient’s tinnitus. Based on your evaluation we will implement the prescribed treatment plan. Management may include the use of hearing aid amplification, sound therapy and /or behavioral modification therapy.
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
Evaluation and Treatment
We have a lot of experience helping Patients with tinnitus, this has allowed us to develop a variety of approaches that we know will provide relief for the majority of people with tinnitus. Following is the process for evaluation and treatment.
Assessments And Medical Clearance
Because tinnitus can be associated with ear and other anatomical disease, it is important that we determine what the underlying causes of your problem are. In most cases tinnitus is caused by an underlying hearing loss. Sometimes however it can be caused by other problems that are not appropriate for treatment in the audiology setting. If we find that your case is not suitable for treatment we would refer you to an ENT Specialist to rule out any health-related conditions that could be the cause of your tinnitus or could be treated through medical and/or surgical intervention.
Treatment Of An Underlying Hearing Loss
There are many options for treatment with tinnitus dependent on the severity and the underlying cause. In many cases, correction of a hearing loss with a well fitted hearing aid system will eliminate the tinnitus symptoms. In the cases where this isn't enough we also prescribe sound therapy. Many modern hearing aid devices are combination devices giving amplification and sound therapy.
Sound therapy Treatment
In Cases where there is no hearing loss is or it is not severe enough for treatment. We would prescribe sound therapy devices. Sound therapy has proven to be an effective management tool for many people who suffer from tinnitus that isn't associated with underlying hearing loss.