Tinnitus Treatment Options
Tinnitus is a problematic condition that interrupts the life of millions. It can be temporary or chronic, but the effects are always excessive. Hadassah Kupfer, Au.D, respects sufferers of the condition by treating every tinnitus case different. All types of tinnitus can be treated correctly with a proactive approach to its side effects.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is when sounds are heard in the ear by the sufferer. It can be whistling, whooshing, buzzing, clicking, ringing or other noises. Only the person suffering can hear the sounds, and it is distracting enough to be a problem. Other types of tinnitus allow the sounds in both ears to be heard with professional medical equipment. Currently, the four types of the condition are objective, somatic, neurological and subjective. Since the cause of tinnitus varies from person to person, accuracy with diagnosis is a priority. It can make the difference between a permanent cure or a temporary fix.
Tinnitus is confusing in many ways since it is usually the symptom of other conditions. Head, neck or ear trauma can lead to tinnitus as a side effect. Earwax can cause temporary tinnitus that is resolved when the ears are cleaned out. Certain medications cause tinnitus, but the labels don’t always list it as an effect. An evaluation can rule out serious conditions and help narrow down the real cause of tinnitus. An appointment should be set long before the condition worsens, especially since it is more than likely tied to other problems. Use the sounds as a warning sign to see a doctor rather than a mild annoyance.
Finding the right treatment plan can fully resolve or calm the worst effects of tinnitus. An audiologist can guide patients to the best options, including hearing devices with built-in masking features that help block out the sounds of tinnitus. You may also use a sound machine when not wearing hearing aids to help minimize the noises. Additionally, tinnitus retraining therapy is often used in tandem with other treatment options to help teach your brain how to overcome the sounds. The success of the treatment will vary based on the intensity of the sounds and the root cause of the effect. Since tinnitus also affects mental health, there are optional sessions to help users deal with the distractions. Full relief is possible by accepting a healthy lifestyle change.