Tinnitus is the perception of a sound that has no external source. Some of the more common sounds reported are: ringing, humming, buzzing, and cricket-like. Initially, you will complete a diagnostic hearing evaluation. Next, tinnitus will be assessed and measured when possible. You will be asked to match the pitch and volume of your tinnitus. Once matched, we can then determine if masking would allow for inhibition. Inhibition is something that restrains, blocks or suppresses. Tinnitus test results will be discussed and determine if treatment will be completed through audiology or through another specialty (primary care physician, Neurologist, Cardiologist, Otolaryngologist, Psychiatrist).
Masking Devices & Sound Therapy
There are numerous options on the market for tinnitus management.
The most common form of tinnitus is related to hearing loss or cochlear damage. In a recent study, it was concluded that wearing hearing aids may lessen the perception of your tinnitus. “Two out of three people experienced tinnitus relief most of the time to all of the time, while three out of ten (29%) reported the use of hearing aids alleviated their tinnitus all of the time.”* Most hearing aids also have tinnitus management which can be programmed to your needs. Examples are narrowband noise, white noise, pink noise, chimes, or outdoor sounds.
* Tyler, Richard, PhD., Tinnitus., The Better Hearing Institute.https://www.betterhearing.org/hearingpedia/hearing-loss-prevention/tinnitus July 20, 2016.
You can try sound soothing devices found in your local electronics department. These devices produce sounds such as: waves crashing on the shoreline, rain in the rain forest, birds chirping in the morning time, etc which are helpful for distracting and reducing stress levels caused by tinnitus.
Neuromonics While this is an option for tinnitus therapy, we currently do not work with the Neuromonics devices.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
We are currently not offering TRT in our practice.