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How is Tinnitus Best Treated?

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Tinnitus is classed as a ringing in the ears or a sensation of buzzing, whistling or other sounds. The noise can vary in its volume and can be worse when the background noise is low. If you are experiencing tinnitus, it is important to go to an audiologist to determine the level of tinnitus you are experiencing to provide you with the right level of treatment. 

Hearing Aids With Masking Features

Hearing aids are fantastic devices used to promote better hearing and overcome a variety of health issues. Hearing aids are prescribed to help an individual cope with tinnitus. A hearing aid can reduce the symptoms of tinnitus and amplify sounds directed at you, which enables you to focus on the sounds you want to listen to, so you can better ignore the tinnitus. Hearing aids can also play artificial sounds and masking features, stopping the person from focusing on the ringing. 

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)

Another approach to reducing tinnitus, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is used as a comprehensive method to cope with the symptoms. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy consists of three distinct processes: 

  • An audiologist gets a comprehensive view of your background so that they can understand the root cause of the tinnitus. 
  • They incorporate behind-the-ear (BTE) devices to generate noise and divert your attention away from the sound. 
  • Tinnitus retraining therapy also incorporates psychological therapy and relaxation methods, helping an individual to ignore the sounds so it doesn't impact their daily life. 

Lifestyle Alterations

This is something that many people do not consider could cause tinnitus. Alleviating the symptoms of tinnitus through stress management, giving up alcohol and smoking, and even a change in medications have been able to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus. These straightforward remedies for tinnitus relief can make a significant difference. 

Sound Machines

Many people who experience tinnitus can struggle to sleep due to the quiet environment making the ringing louder. Therefore, this can result in disrupted sleep. Sound machines provide sounds that drown out the other noises that would normally keep you awake. Sound machines can provide white noise or sounds like rushing waterfalls and other serene sounds. Sound machines are not built exclusively for tinnitus sufferers, but because people with tinnitus can experience symptoms of insomnia because of excessive ringing, this device can provide simple relief to a chronic problem. 

There are a variety of ways to treat tinnitus, and if you have any concerns or are experiencing any symptoms, you should always visit your audiologist. Because tinnitus is not a problem that is best treated through one course, an audiologist needs to get to the root cause of your specific symptoms. As there are a wide variety of symptoms and impacts on your life in general, finding the right treatments for your lifestyle and your level of symptoms is crucial.