You Don’t Have to Endure the Ringing in Your Ears
You’re not alone. Estimates place the number of people who suffer from some form of tinnitus at about 75%. Most people experience the symptoms of tinnitus temporarily after being in a noisy stadium, at a loud concert, a night in the club, or an explosive event.
Although tinnitus does not cause you to lose your hearing, it can be a sign of damage and an indicator of mild to severe hearing loss.
What Is Tinnitus?
In the early stages of tinnitus, most individuals barely notice the irritating sound. However, as the sounds intensify, so does awareness, which often leads to increased stress levels, loss of sleep, and decreased productivity. The condition worsens as sensitivity to sound increases and as the level of stress increases. When tinnitus reaches a level that it disrupts concentration or makes it impossible to relax or sleep, it becomes a debilitating condition.
What Causes Tinnitus?
The Central Gain Theory is the prevailing explanation behind why individuals experience tinnitus. Proponents of this theory argue that tinnitus is an indicator of hearing loss and sounds heard are attributed to the brain adapting and creating sounds that are no longer received through a damaged auditory system. An example that closely follows this line of thinking is the neurological response known as “phantom limb” experienced by amputees, where the brain creates sound stimulation to replace tones missing in its normal sound repertoire.
How Gold Country Hearing Treats Tinnitus
We use proven techniques and treatment options to help you manage your unique type of tinnitus. This can include the use of high technology instruments such as hearing aids or maskers. In cases where your tinnitus relates to other medical conditions, we often make a referral to one of the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctors with which we work. We also educate our patients about tinnitus and provide the support and encouragement they need to cope.
How Is Tinnitus Treated?
Although there is no cure for tinnitus, there are plenty of methodologies used to manage it. Not all of them work for each individual, and some of them are merely scams. However, scientists and audiologists have developed some effective therapies for reducing the effect of tinnitus and helping their patients cope. Tinnitus management options often include:
- Masking or covering awareness of the sound
- Medications to reduce stress, anxiety, or to aid sleep
- Desyncra Sound Therapy used to disrupt the neural signal
- The Listening Program® SLEEP, which retrains the brain on how it interprets sound
- The Sound Pillow® Sleep System to relax the body and promote sustainable sleep
- Hearing Aids, which correct hearing loss and allow for sound masking
- Alternative Therapies (psychological counseling, biofeedback, relaxation techniques, and neuromonics therapy to reduce the contribution of stress to the condition)
Schedule a Tinnitus Assessment
The irritation and frustration created by tinnitus is manageable. Because there are so many products with unsubstantiated claims, it is better not to be taken in by the newest “tinnitus curing” gadget. The better option is to consult with our tinnitus care experts who utilize proven treatment methods.
To take advantage of our expertise in tinnitus treatment, submit our form, so one of our experts can address your questions and concerns, and/or schedule an appointment for an assessment and treatment for your condition.
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