Tinnitus Treatment at Hearing Solutions™ of New Hampshire
Over 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus. Tinnitus is the medical term for the perception of sound in the ear when no actual sound is present. It is often referred to as a "ringing in the ears", but the perceived sound varies by individual. Descriptions of the sounds include not only ringing, but also blowing, roaring, buzzing, hissing, clicking, humming, sizzling, and whistling.
Tinnitus is a symptom of another physical problem or a side-effect of medication. Often the exact cause is difficult to determine, but it's known that approximately 70% of all tinnitus sufferers also have some level of hearing loss. This is why the first step in the treatment of tinnitus is to have a comprehensive audiological exam to determine if you have hearing loss, and if so to what degree.Known Causes of Tinnitus
Have your tinnitus checked. Schedule online, or call one of our NH offices. Manchester: 877-846-2035 Nashua: 877-382-3960 or Concord: 877-787-6892
Tinnitus Evaluations at Hearing Solutions: The audiologist takes a complete history of your hearing health to uncover possible factors contributing to your tinnitus symptoms. Because hearing loss is a primary cause of tinnitus, a hearing test is performed. The recommended treatment is dictated by the outcome of the hearing test and analysis of your health history.
Amplification therapy: Hearing aids are the primary remedy for tinnitus patients with hearing loss. The sounds heard by tinnitus sufferers are often the same sound frequency missing due to hearing loss and often the voids in the patient's hearing are replaced by ringing or other sounds. A hearing aid tuned to increase the amplitude of the missing frequencies often alleviates tinnitus.
Masking techniques: During the exam the audiologist will match the tinnitus pitch and loudness and attempt to neutralize it with opposing sounds. A hearing aid "like" device is worn that generates sounds to wash-out or minimize the perceived sounds heard by the tinnitus patient. These and other "masking techniques" can be used to successfully reduce tinnitus disturbance.
Alternative therapies: Relaxation and stress reduction techniques are known to be effective in the management of tinnitus. When appropriate we suggest the patient see a councilor who specializes in biofeedback and other behavioral therapies that minimize or eliminate tinnitus symptoms.
Managing referrals: The most effective treatment for tinnitus is to manage the underlying cause. Sometimes this requires an interdisciplinary approach involving different specialists. Our office works with ear, nose & throat physicians and other specialists to address the medical conditions unrelated to hearing loss that contribute to tinnitus (high blood pressure, medication adjustments, etc.)
The first step: Because of the connection between hearing loss and tinnitus, the first step in is to have the status of your hearing checked. Call Hearing Solutions of New Hampshire to schedule a tinnitus evaluation. Manchester: 877-382-3960, Nashua: 877-846-2035, or Concord: 877-787-6892.
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