What Treatments Are Available for Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a condition that affects millions of people around the world. For most of those people, tinnitus is just a nuisance that doesn’t affect their overall lifestyle, but there are some cases where tinnitus can become such a bother that it affects you mentally. The first person to speak with is usually your audiologist. As experts in hearing, audiologists will be able to identify the best type of treatment available to you to solve your tinnitus problem.
Unfortunately, tinnitus isn’t something that can easily be solved overnight. Even if you have plenty of medical resources available to you and lots of assistance, you might not be able to find the root cause. In cases like this, you’ll need to rely on therapy to help your brain tune out or become accustomed to the sounds of tinnitus.
1. Hearing aids
Firstly, audiologists may recommend that you wear hearing aids to help deal with your tinnitus. Since hearing loss is one of the major causes of tinnitus, using a hearing aid can effectively solve two problems at once. You’ll need to speak with your audiologist if you’re interested in receiving hearing aids. There are many different types and it might take some time to get accustomed to using hearing aids.
2. Sound machines
Sound machines, also known as sound therapy devices, were first introduced to help distract users from other sounds. However, as conditions like tinnitus started to become more apparent, their use was eventually adapted to help people deal with tinnitus. Sound machines are available by speaking with your audiologist. In addition to helping you tune out your tinnitus, it can help you sleep better.
3. Using therapy
If you can’t find the cause of your tinnitus, then you might be interested in using therapy as an alternative. Audiologists will typically walk you through each type of tinnitus therapy and they’ll help you find an effective treatment.
The purpose of therapy isn’t to cure tinnitus, but to help your brain tune out the sounds of tinnitus and make it more comfortable for you. Eventually, the tinnitus sounds will disappear and it will feel like the condition has been treated, despite the underlying condition still being there.
There are several different types of therapy available for tinnitus.
- Sound therapy is a common type of therapy used to distract you from tinnitus sounds.
- Tinnitus counseling is another method that is frequently used. It’s a series of appointments that help you cope with tinnitus more effectively by teaching you about the condition.
- There’s also tinnitus retraining therapy, a type of therapy that helps to retrain your brain and how it responds to tinnitus.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy is the last type of common therapy and it aims to help you cope with tinnitus.
While there might be other forms of therapy, these four are the most common and will likely be recommended to you by your audiologist if they cannot find the underlying cause or if you don’t want to use a sound machine or hearing aids.
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