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Treating Tinnitus

Thursday, March 10, 2016 1:38:00 PM Australia/Melbourne

Tinnitus is an increasingly common hearing impairment, and though we’ve briefly covered what it is on the Hearlink blog, the conversation around different available therapies is a valuable and continuing one. Our team prides itself on constant diligence when it comes to industry news. Be it a time-efficiency, a breakthrough in science or successful marketing around a new hearing aid, you can bet that we’re reading up on it and discuss its merits.

 

Tinnitus is one of the most common ailments that our patients seek our expertise in. There are several well-established therapies, specifically targeting severe, chronic tinnitus. We encourage our patients to learn about these different therapies and determine which is the right option for them.

 

Scientists and audiologists are still working on a proven cure, currently there is not one in existence. The treatments that we advocate for do not repair the underlying causes of tinnitus, they don’t entirely eliminate the signal elicited in the brain by tinnitus. However, there is real progress being made, and hopefully within this lifetime, we will see very real results and a downswing in the number of our patients impacted by tinnitus.

 

Treating TinnitusTinnitus’ most obvious characteristic is the perpetual discomfort that it can cause. That being said, the primary objective of most treatments is to minimize this discomfort so that any patient impacted can live a comfortable life and focus on what’s most important to them.

 

SO. We focus on the tools available to manage the condition, to reduce the intensity of the ringing, its omnipresence:

 

General Wellness- There is a vast underestimation of the importance of your general wellness when it comes to your hearing. While diet doesn’t have a direct connection to improving tinnitus, a healthy diet has so many benefits for the body, which can lessen the impact. If you keep an eye on your diet, you can reduce hypertension, increase blood flow and heighten your energy levels. Exercise will reduce stress, which we know amplifies the symptoms of tinnitus. And social activity will steer your focus away from tinnitus and towards the good company of those around you.

 

Sound Therapies- In general, sound therapy can be used in many different ways. It’s the means of external noise being used in order to alter the patient’s reaction to or perception of tinnitus. Several examples include masking (the patient is exposed to loud volume), distraction (external noise diverts the patient’s attention), habituation (the brain reclassifies tinnitus as a noise that can be ignored) and neuromodulation (specialized noise minimizes the hyperactivity in the neurons which cause tinnitus).

 

Behavioral Therapies- Behavioral therapies are some of the best established treatments. Research has shown that they consistently reduce the distress, anxiety and depression that are associated with tinnitus. These can be effective when delivered remotely, one-on-one or in a group. Behavioral therapies introduce skills to patients so that they reduce internal attention to tinnitus. They also cope better and their brains devise behavior patterns and alternative thinking to focusing on the tinnitus.

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