Treatment begins with a comprehensive Audiological and Tinnitus Evaluation in order to determine the most likely source and nature of your tinnitus and may include:
- Hearing Aids: Most people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing aids create a dual benefit of enhancing hearing and masking or covering up the tinnitus. The majority of patients with tinnitus receive partial or complete relief from their tinnitus with the use of hearing aids.
- Sound-Masking Devices: Tinnitus maskers are small electronic devices that look like hearing aids and are tuned to generate sound that masks or covers up the tinnitus. Like hearing aids, they may provide relief from the tinnitus, but will not enhance hearing and may interfere with understanding speech.Many types of devices, such as fans, radios and sound generators can be used as tinnitus maskers to help tinnitus sufferers to fall sleep or get back to sleep.
- Neuromonics Tinnitus Therapy: This treatment uses a combination of testing, counseling and specialized masking to help you to effectively manage and gradually reduce your response to the tinnitus. This treatment can take six months or more to complete but has a very good rate of success.
- Medicines: Some Tinnitus sufferers develop anxiety and other strong emotional responses to their Tinnitus. Certain medicines may provide relief from these emotional reactions and provide some relief from the Tinnitus. Other medicines and nutritional supplements have provided relief in some clients.