Tinnitus is a phantom auditory perception. Common reported sounds are ringing, humming, buzzing, hissing, chirping, and cricket/bug-like noises. It can be constant or intermittent and heard in one ear, both, or in the center of the head.
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. It can be constant or intermittent and is heard in one ear, both ears or in the head. Tinnitus can originate in the middle ear (behind the eardrum) or in the sensorineural auditory system.
The Most Common Causes are
Impact of Tinnitus
Tinnitus affects people differently. The most common areas in which tinnitus has a direct influence are:
Treatment of Tinnitus
At Hearing Associates, we utilize a two-part management program that helps successfully treat people with tinnitus. This method, known as Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, is highly effective in helping you to habituate your reaction to tinnitus. Treatment plans are typically 9-18 months and outcomes are highly effective.
Counseling. Will help you better understand your tinnitus, as we explain why it is happening and how your specialized treatment plan will help you with your Tinnitus.
Sound Therapy. In addition to counseling, we will utilize a sound enriched environment as part of treatment. Proper sound enrichment is critical to the success of the program and can be implemented with both ear level devices as well as tabletop sound generators. We work with each patient to set the sound enrichment within their environments.
The key features of TRT are:
Many patients have been told there is nothing that can be done to help with their tinnitus. At Hearing Associates, we feel very differently, and haven’t met a patient we can’t help.
In addition to treating tinnitus, our audiology professionals apply principles of TRT to desensitize the auditory system of patients with decreased sound tolerance (DST). We also use TRT to treat both hyperacusis and misophonia, which are categorized as DST. Hyperacusis and misophonia can occur along with tinnitus or independently. Although both involve a decreased tolerance of sounds, misophonia is distinct from hyperacusis. While misophonia involves an adverse reaction to particular sounds, hyperacusis involves a negative reaction to sounds due to particular characteristics. Someone who experiences hyperacusis may be sensitive to sounds of a particular volume, type, or intensity. An assessment will be made at your initial interview so that we can properly treat any sound-related issues that you might have.