Have you been experiencing a buzzing, ringing, or whooshing sound in your ears even when the world around you is completely silent? You’re suffering from tinnitus, and seeking treatment as soon as possible is the best way to manage your symptoms and find relief. The American Tinnitus Association defines tinnitus as “the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present,” and many people describe it as a hissing, whistling, ringing, or clicking sound.
There is presently no known cure for tinnitus, and once the cells in your ear are damaged, they can’t be restored. That doesn’t mean you have to live with tinnitus! There are excellent, well-established tools and treatment programs that can significantly reduce the perceived burden of tinnitus and bring you relief. With perseverance and support from audiologists, these options can help you manage even the most severe tinnitus.
The first step is testing your hearing, since tinnitus and hearing loss often occur together. If you have a hearing loss, digital hearing aids will improve your ability to communicate and hear clearly, and hearing aids will also provide relief from your tinnitus. Hearing aids help you focus on what you want to hear, decrease background noise, and help all the cells in your ear hear clearly. Treating hearing loss can often reduce your experience of tinnitus.
Treatment Options for Tinnitus
At Whisper Hearing Centers, we use a multi-faceted approach to tinnitus treatment that is individualized to each patient. The use of sound therapy and counseling have proven to be the two most important components of any management protocol.
Sound therapy is one of the most effective tinnitus treatment options, and we have a number of hearing aids with building sound therapy programs. After we’ve determined the pitch and quality of your tinnitus, we can calibrate your sound therapy to perfectly mask your tinnitus. When you activate your sound therapy program, your tinnitus will be masked by the sound of your choice, including white noise, pink noise, nature sounds, or even music. The tinnitus will fade into the background, and you’ll find relief. You can enjoy your day and your night without tinnitus.
DeSyncra (provided only at our Indy - Nora location)
While hearing devices on their own can frequently provide tinnitus relief, Whisper Hearing Centers knows that each patient is unique, and experiences tinnitus in a unique way. Because every case of tinnitus is different, we also offer neuromodulation therapy called DeSyncra for patients that do not find relief with tinnitus hearing devices.
Living with tinnitus is stressful. There’s a negative feedback loop in your experience of tinnitus, and the more stressed you feel, the worse your tinnitus will become, which will in turn make you even more stressed! Managing tinnitus is more effective with counseling, and you’ll learn how to deal with stress, break this negative cycle, and explore coping mechanisms like relaxation, stress management techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy, and breathing exercises.
If you or a loved one is suffering from tinnitus, contact us at Whisper Hearing Centers and schedule a consultation to discuss which treatment option is best for you.