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Tinnitus treatments

What available treatments are there for Tinnitus?

If your tinnitus is particularly loud, which may cause you to experience sleeping difficulties or make you feel anxious and stressed, it is worth consulting your GP or your local Amplifon Audiologist.

Tension can make your tinnitus worse; our recommendation would be to stay as relaxed as possible. There are plenty of simple explanations that once addressed, may alleviate or cure the condition.

Underlying conditions such as ear infections or wax blockages can normally be remedied by a short course of antibiotics, eardrops or an ear irrigation. If none of these methods prove to cure the condition, you may be suffering from a more severe form.

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Long term cases of tinnitus don't tend to have a complete cure, but one of the following treatments may be suggested:

 

Sound therapy

You may find that it’s only in a noticeably quiet environment that the condition distresses you. Sound therapy works to distract you from the tinnitus using pleasant background noises. This can come in the form of a white noise generator, an ear-level sound generator or quite simply putting the radio or television on when you're in a quiet situation.

 

Hearing aids

If you’re experiencing challenges with your hearing as well as tinnitus, a combination of a hearing solution with built-in sound generators can often be prescribed. You can expect improved levels of hearing which also helps to minimise the effects of the condition in the same way that sound therapy might.

 

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
and tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT)

If you’re struggling with tinnitus and experience anxiety or depression relating to your condition, cognitive behavioural therapy is a form of counselling that helps you to cope and readjust your negative feelings. Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) can also be used in conjunction with CBT, harnessing the body's natural ability to tune out sounds and make it part of your subconscious mind rather than at the forefront.

 

Medication

Although medication will not cure tinnitus itself, antidepressants can sometimes be prescribed if it’s making you feel depressed and anxious, often in combination with CBT or TRT.

If you are struggling with the condition, there are some steps you can take to enable you to feel in control of the situation. You may find that relaxation exercises such as yoga or listening to calming music before bedtime can provide substantial relief. Sharing your experience with others can also help reduce any feelings of isolation.

Your local expert Audiologist are also available to help answer any questions you may have or provide any guidance as to next steps so that you can continue discovering the world of sound.

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is often described as a "ringing in the ears". Find out more about Tinnitus or you can speak to one of our experts at your local Amplifon store.

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What are the causes of Tinnitus?

It can often be difficult to understand the root causes of tinnitus. Find out more about the causes of Tinnitus or you can speak to one of our experts at your local Amplifon store.

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Treatment options

Currently there is no known tinnitus cure. No surgery or pill has been shown to get rid of tinnitus in any clinically accepted study but there is relief. According to professional bodies helping tinnitus patients, there are ways to get tinnitus relief, including counselling and sound therapy. It is recommended that anyone with tinnitus should see an audiologist experienced in tinnitus treatment.

 

Tinnitus sound therapy

Sound therapy at Amplifon starts with a specialised case history, evaluation questionnaire and diagnostic method. This helps us to identify if the individual is perceiving tinnitus just as an auditory problem or more than that.

Most people with tinnitus also have hearing loss. Hence hearing aids can be an effective part of any sound therapy. While hearing aids alone can provide partial or total relief from tinnitus, sometimes they need a formal sound therapy. Sound therapy can be effective in treating tinnitus because it may make the tinnitus less noticeable or mask the tinnitus or fade tinnitus.

Tinnitus sound therapy helps the individual break the vicious cycle he may get trapped into. Tinnitus sound therapy helps an individual at stages 3-5 but earlier the better and faster.

 

Hearing aids are included as a critical component of a sound therapy program. They are much evolved over the older technology. Hearing aids used in the sound therapy also provide amplification in addition to also providing therapeutic sounds. These hearing aids come in variety of styles and options. Therapeutic sounds in some hearing aids are stereophonic which yield faster healing on tinnitus.

Hearing aids with tinnitus therapy sounds along with providing amplification do the necessary therapeutic action so that they reduce contrast in tinnitus ears. Imagine a dark room with a candle which is akin to someone suffering from tinnitus. The candle captures all the focus in a darkroom much like tinnitus captures the focus. In a well-lit room the brightness of the candle reduces, and the focus is simply averted from the candle(tinnitus).

While the contrast is being reduced, rigorous counselling provided shall help the individuals to completely ignore tinnitus. Hence, they feel relieved of tinnitus.

At Amplifon. We have a clearly defined way to measure and quantify chronic tinnitus. As per the severity of the problem, an appropriate combination of methods is selected to deal with your tinnitus. Amplifon audiologists are specially trained in counselling procedures aswell which is another critical element of sound therapy. Consult your Amplifon audiologist to find more details about what suits you to deal with your tinnitus problem.

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