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What Your Audiologist Wants You To Know About Tinnitus Treatment

For those suffering from tinnitus, it can feel like there is no tinnitus treatment, which is why it is so important to work with experienced doctors of audiology. With the greater training and education that doctors of audiology receive, you can finally get the answers you were looking for regarding your tinnitus and available treatment.

So, if you have been trying to learn more about what available tinnitus treatment options there are and other information relating to your potential tinnitus treatment, here’s what our audiologists wish more people knew.

There Is No Cure For Tinnitus

One of the first things to acknowledge is that there is currently no cure for tinnitus. No matter what a dietary supplement or other intervention claims, there is no tinnitus cure. Anyone who is claiming that they have the cure is likely selling something with unproven claims.

However, your tinnitus can become manageable enough that you don’t often notice it. Many people who use sound generators and other devices have trained their brains to focus on something other than the tinnitus. But, as these are management techniques, they don’t qualify as a tinnitus cure.

Hearing Loss Often Accompanies Tinnitus

Another thing that surprises people is how their tinnitus can also be connected with a degree of hearing loss. When you opt to work with an audiologist, part of your tinnitus treatment consultation also includes a hearing evaluation. By having this diagnostic testing done, you may find that as your brain received less sound input from the outside, your brain began to hear the sounds of your tinnitus.

By using hearing aids, you can correct your hearing loss and actively manage your tinnitus at the same time. Even if you don’t have hearing loss, your tinnitus can still be managed with the help of hearing aids that have tinnitus support.

With hearing aids that have built-in tinnitus management tools, you can use them as a portable sound generator that plays soothing sounds. Since being in complete silence is not recommended with tinnitus, having hearing aids continually emit sound can be incredibly helpful. Also, the more advanced hearing aids allow you to control when the sound is played, and you can even choose from a wide selection of soothing sounds.

Tinnitus Treatment Is Highly Individual

As you may already have guessed how you experience tinnitus is personal, so it makes sense that the treatment method needs to be tailored to you as well. That’s why here at Hearing & Balance Doctors, our doctors of audiology work with you to develop a progressive tinnitus management plan.

With a tinnitus treatment plan tailored to your personal needs, our audiologists can accommodate your lifestyle, preferences, budget, and other considerations that can affect what recommendations and treatment plans are made.

Lifestyle Changes And Tinnitus Education Is Key

Something that often surprises people when they work with our audiologist is the emphasis they place on tinnitus education. Learning more about how tinnitus works, ways it can be triggered, and other types of sound-sensitivity issues such as hyperacusis, can make a real difference in your tinnitus management strategies. Along with the education our audiologists would provide, they also focus on helpful lifestyle changes that can assist in managing your tinnitus symptoms.

Some lifestyle changes that are recommended when you struggle with tinnitus are:

  • Reduce stress levels.
  • Exercise regularly to help alleviate stress and manage weight.
  • Stick to a sleep schedule and get enough rest.
  • Cut out nicotine.

If you are interested in working with our doctors of audiology to determine what personalized tinnitus treatment plan works best for your needs, contact us to set up an appointment.

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