I dread going to bed. I pace the floor at night trying to get to sleep. If I wake up in the early morning hours, I try to read a book to distract myself. I just walk around, to get tired in hopes to get back to sleep. There’s no escaping it….
These words, of true frustration with how negatively tinnitus is having on a person’s life, are real. Anxiety, depression, stress, and lack of quiet are overbearing in life when one is dealing with tinnitus to this degree. Our practice goal is to alleviate the negative attention that tinnitus has on patients’ lives. Other professionals and counselors are an important part of the tinnitus management team, where need be. We focus all efforts to quality of life and helping each patient do as well as they can. Our goals are to begin lessening the daily attention of the non-wanted noises in the ears and head, creating better moments of relaxation, as well as nighttime to be a time of rest. The ways to reach these goals are varied depending on a hearing loss component, degree and severity, in addition to day or nighttime tinnitus.