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Tinnitus Treatment and Management

Some people will tell you that tinnitus can’t be treated and you simply have to live with it. Others may dismiss how much tinnitus can impact your life. But, if your quality of life is impacted by your tinnitus symptoms, you can find tinnitus management tools by working with our doctors of audiology at the Hearing & Balance Doctors.

Tinnitus Treatment Therapies

How tinnitus is treated will vary from person-to-person as not everyone experiences tinnitus the same way. Some people hear constant buzzing, clicking, ringing, and other repetitive sounds, while others have tinnitus that comes and goes.

When working with one of our doctors of audiology, there are a number of tinnitus treatments we can offer. Depending on how your tinnitus responds to the treatment, you may end up utilizing one or more of these methods.

Resolve Medical Sources Of Tinnitus

Tinnitus can have underlying medical triggers. By addressing the root causes, some of our patients have found that their tinnitus was cured. Some of the medical triggers for tinnitus are:

  • Cerumen occlusion (earwax blockage)
  • Sinus congestion
  • Allergies
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure

Our doctors of audiology can remove any earwax plug that is creating your tinnitus. They can also perform a comprehensive audiological evaluation to determine if your tinnitus has other underlying conditions, such as hearing loss.

Hearing Aids For Tinnitus Treatment

A great tool to address tinnitus is hearing aids with sound therapy generators built-in. Sound therapy is the use of external sounds, or even noise, to stimulate the auditory system and change the patient’s reaction to and perception of his or her tinnitus. We offer solutions from all major hearing aid manufacturers, and have found the most success with:

  • ReSound – These hearing aids come in a wide variety of styles and colors, so you can discreetly wear your tinnitus management devices. You can stream your tinnitus relief directly into your hearing aids and use the ReSound Tinnitus Relief app to send soothing sounds to your ears. The app is free with in-app purchases and is available through iOS App Store and Google Play.
  • Oticon – The Oticon Opn hearing aids come with sound-generation technology to help you manage tinnitus. By working with one of our audiologists, you can choose peaceful background sounds such as white noise, ocean sounds, and other options.

You can also use the Oticon On app for free to modulate your tinnitus treatment sound therapy. The app is available through both iOS App Store and Google Play.

  • Phonak –  For those interested in Phonak tinnitus management options, you can choose from Audéo Q, Audéo V, Audéo B, Bolero V, and Bolero B hearing aids. Phonak’s tinnitus management tool is called Tinnitus Balance Portfolio, and our audiologists can help you become comfortable with your hearing aids management tool.

The hearing aid accessory device ComPilot is required to stream sound therapies to your hearing aids. You can take greater control of your tinnitus sound therapy by using the Phonak Tinnitus Balance app, which is free and available through both iOS App Store and Google Play.

  • Widex – Another sound-generating style of hearing aids comes from Widex. With Widex Zen Therapy, you control your hearing aids from the Widex Zen Therapy app, enjoying fractal tones made from soothing sounds. You can control sound levels, types of sounds, length of time the sounds play, and more. There is also advice in-app to help you manage your tinnitus. The app is free and available through both iOS App Store and Google Play.

As hearing loss and tinnitus often happen concurrently, using hearing aids can address the two problems at once. Our audiologists can perform a comprehensive hearing test to assess what level of hearing loss you have and how strong your hearing aids need to be and fit you with hearing aids, along with finding hearing aids with tinnitus management included.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

Another treatment option that uses sound therapy is Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). This has also been called habituation therapy. It tries to retrain the brain so that it perceives tinnitus differently. This type of tinnitus management often requires specialized devices to teach your brain to ignore your tinnitus.

Approximately 75% of those with tinnitus don’t notice it because of the way their brains file and process sound. With the help of TRT, your brain can learn the proper way to process noise to reduce the irritation.

Progressive Tinnitus Management

Tinnitus can be a progressive problem, so tinnitus counseling is an important part of any treatment plan. As tinnitus is unique to each individual, it requires us to create a customized treatment plan to effectively help you manage this distressing condition. Some of the things we do to design a progressive tinnitus management plan are:

  • Work with our tinnitus patients to create the individualized treatment plan
  • Determine how often tinnitus counseling should take place
  • Include regular follow-up care to address both progressive tinnitus and other hearing needs

Medications And Tinnitus

There are currently no approved medications for treating tinnitus specifically. If you find drops, oils or pills that claim to cure tinnitus, we recommend you treat them with caution and do your research.

You may find that tinnitus leaves you struggling with depression and/or anxiety. If that comes up during your counseling with our audiologists, you may find it beneficial to use anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication to alleviate symptoms.

Visit Hearing & Balance Doctors For Tinnitus Management Tools

For those in Southern Utah struggling with tinnitus, you can find relief with the Hearing & Balance Doctors. Our doctors of audiology have extensive knowledge and training in helping people find the right tinnitus management strategies, and can help you implement the right tools to manage your particular type of tinnitus. Contact us today for a consultation with one of our tinnitus management experts and stop allowing your tinnitus to run your life.