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Tinnitus Treatment

Tinnitus is a constant buzzing, ringing, crackling whistling or other distracting sounds in one or both ears. It can be temporary or permanent based on the root cause. Currently, there is no cure for tinnitus. With more than 50 million Americans experiencing the effects of the condition, finding relief has become more important than ever. 

What is tinnitus?

There are two types of tinnitus; subjective and objective. Subjective is when it can only be heard by the person suffering from the condition. Objective means an examiner can hear the same sounds as the patient. Subjective tinnitus is the most common and affects different parts of the hearing system Symptoms relating to tinnitus are not always related to the hearing system. That is why it can be primary or secondary based on the root cause. The experts at Audiology Clinics of Puerto Rico test for tinnitus symptoms through regular and extended evaluations. 

Treating tinnitus

No cure doesn’t mean that there is no hope. Many options are available to lessen the worst effects of the condition. Many patients’ live normal lives with tinnitus by following their doctors suggested treatment options. Finding the cause of tinnitus is just as important as recognizing its symptoms. 

  • Causes of tinnitus
  • Earwax
  • Excessive noise exposure
  • Head/Neck injuries
  • Old age
  • Medications
  • Cancer/Tumors
  • Treatment options
  • Cerumen removal
  • Hearing aids
  • Sound therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Tinnitus retraining therapy
  • Counseling

An explanation of tinnitus retraining therapy

Advancements have been made in tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT). It is now one of the most recommended treatment techniques. A solid professional relationship is needed with an audiologist to make TRT a viable treatment option. The three parts of TRT is patient information, a device to generate noise and scheduled psychological therapy. Complete habituation of the noises caused by tinnitus is the ultimate goal of TRT. Once patients get used to the training, noises in their ear will melt into the background. It stops being distracting and blends together like any other normal sound. TRT is not an overnight fix for tinnitus and requires a dedicated professional and equally confident patient. Duration of the treatment varies, but can take up to 18 months. Patience is required to get the best results from tinnitus retraining therapy.