Get Relief from that Annoyance of Tinnitus at Preferred Hearing Centers
Tinnitus is a common condition that causes you to hear a ringing, rushing, or buzzing in your ears. It is a common symptom present in approximately 75% of all people with some level of hearing loss.
While tinnitus does not cause you to lose your hearing, it is a leading indicator of hearing loss – even mild hearing loss. The condition varies from one individual to another as does the success of various treatment options designed to manage it.
What Causes Tinnitus?
The Central Gain theory is the prevailing theory related to why people with a hearing loss often experience tinnitus symptoms. According to this theory, the sound you hear in your ears or head results from a loss of proper stimulation normally present for individuals with healthy hearing.
In other words, because the sounds your brain receives from your ear is not properly stimulating it, the brain attempts to make up for the missing stimulation. This neurological phenomenon has been likened to “phantom limb” experience.
Although tinnitus often begins as a mild irritation, it tends to advance to a debilitating level. Mild tinnitus leads to an increased awareness of the condition.
Advanced awareness causes anxiety and stress, further triggering your brain’s emotional centers. Your brain continues to compensate for the condition, increasing hearing sensitivity.
The increase in hearing sensitivity adds to stress and a snowball effect takes over as the cycle continues.
How Do Most Hearing Experts Treat Tinnitus?
Although there is no cure for tinnitus, audiologists, hearing instrument specialists, scientists, and doctors utilize several forms of treatment capable of providing varying levels of relief. Because individual patients respond better to one treatment than another, it is often necessary for them to try several before getting the desired relief. Tinnitus treatment options usually include:
- Maskers (cover up sound in order to decrease sound awareness)
- Medication Therapy (relief for emotional symptoms)
- Levo Systems (matches the sound quality and volume of tinnitus sound to zero it out)
- Desyncra Sound Therapy (disrupts the tinnitus neural signal to the brain)
- The Listening Program® SLEEP (acoustically modified subtle sounds of nature and ambient music help to retrain how the brain interprets sound)
- The Sound Pillow® Sleep System (designed to relax the body and “slow down” the brain to help promote sustainable sleep)
- Alternative Therapies (neuromonics therapy, psychological counseling, biofeedback, and relaxation techniques to interrupt the contribution of stress and anxiety to the condition)
- Hearing Aids (dual benefit of correcting hearing loss while providing sound masking)
How Does Preferred Hearing Centers Treat Tinnitus?
Preferred Hearing Centers has achieved noticeable success in the management of tinnitus for our patients.
There is only one safe FDA-approved treatment option for tinnitus, which is to provide your brain with proper sound stimulation. This objective is best achieved using hearing aids.
Fortunately, the circuitry of modern hearing aids integrates tinnitus masking treatment technology into their design allowing patients who undergo hearing aid masking tinnitus treatment to report a noticeable reduction in their daily tinnitus experience. For some, the ringing disappears completely during the day!
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