How is tinnitus success defined? Is tinnitus success found in completely removing it’s awareness from a patient? This is rather difficult to accomplish. I believe success in helping those with tinnitus, or unwanted noises in their ears, is in helping those to better live with these sounds and to lessen the negative connection that has been ongoing. Often people describe their ringing in the ears as something they have always had or can’t recall a time when they didn’t live with it, on a daily basis. It’s hard for them to remember when it wasn’t a part of their life.
I would like to consider success in reducing the awareness of the tinnitus, changing the way it’s interpreted, as well as helping people to enjoy quiet parts of the day such as found while reading or trying to sleep. Yes, there are successful ways to achieve a better perspective on noises in the ears and how we react to them. Many hearing labs have created digital processors to change the way we attend to the tinnitus, as well as to hear more pleasant sounds, so the tinnitus becomes secondary. Success can be reached…. and reducing tinnitus by 10-20% is a start. I would consider it a journey rather than a race in helping those with tinnitus.