Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is a common condition that affects nearly 50 million Americans. However, while considered common, it is not considered normal when it causes secondary severe, disabling problems. Those suffering from tinnitus can feel significant amounts of depression, anger, frustration, anxiety, and hopelessness. Tinnitus disturbance can interfere with sleep or the ability to focus and concentrate. Tinnitus can feel so constant for some that there is no escape.
There is no tinnitus cure, but there is a multitude of treatment options that can provide tinnitus relief. An audiologist who specializes in tinnitus treatment can help you find relief by reducing your perception of tinnitus and teaching you how to manage its secondary negative effects.
Why Work With Me?
- During an initial consultation, we’ll explore your tinnitus together and review all the options to being addressing your distress.
- We’ll develop a comprehensive therapy plan that will address all components that cause tinnitus distress. This plan will be customized to you, not a generic one for all and will include all or some of the following:
- Sound therapy or amplification to promote positive changes to your auditory system
- Strategies to release you from the harmful fight-flight response, allowing your nervous system to shift away from danger awareness
- Practices to calm your tension, stress, or anxiety to improve well-being
- Coaching sessions to create a positive mindset, allowing you to change negative thinking patterns that keep you stuck
- Confidence that you have control over your tinnitus and your life
At Wholistic Hearing Care, we offer the following therapies that addresses how you respond to your tinnitus based on evidence-based techniques. A combination of these programs have also been proven to be beneficial for hyperacusis (over-sensitivity to noise) and misophonia (heightened emotional response to sounds).
Amplification and Sound Generators
Research shows your tinnitus may be the result of incorrect adjustment in the hearing areas of your brain as it tries to adjust to hearing loss. Hearing aids and sound enrichment help calm your mind and body to promote adjustment. Over time, this reduces stress and tinnitus perception.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)
Tinnitus retraining therapy is a treatment plan for tinnitus and hyperacusis focused on promoting habituation. It begins with an evaluation of your tinnitus and needs assessment to determine whether sound therapy or amplification is appropriate, followed by counseling and tinnitus-specific management strategies to help you find tinnitus relief.
Yoga therapy applies yogic principles focused on specific conditions, reducing or managing your symptoms to help improve your wellness and attitude towards your health. Yoga therapy helps treat tinnitus and relieve disturbance because it directly addresses the mechanism that drives your tinnitus.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
A healing approach that combines meditation and yoga aimed to address your unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that to increase stress, worsens tinnitus perception, and undermines your health.
CBT combines a combination of therapeutic approaches to reduce negative thinking, improve sense of control, and work towards reducing your negative association with tinnitus.
A Holistic Approach to Your Tinnitus
Because there are many different causes of tinnitus, a comprehensive in-home hearing test and tinnitus evaluations are completed to gain an understanding of what may be causing the tinnitus. We’ll also gain an understanding of what makes your tinnitus so debilitating and what needs to be addressed to gain control and lessen the burden of your tinnitus.
This is one of the instances where our holistic approach to hearing care shines. Tinnitus is not just limited to your ears but can be caused and worsened by other bodily systems. Instead of being referred to multiple providers to truly tackle your tinnitus, with Wholistic Hearing Care, our providers can collaborate to address the auditory, somatosensory, and psychological mechanisms of tinnitus. And because everyone is different, your tinnitus management plan is completely individualized.