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Treatments for Tinnitus
Do you hear a ringing or buzzing in your ears that simply won’t go away? If so, you’re one of 25 million Americans with tinnitus, a symptom of an issue with the auditory pathway.
While no set or cure or treatment is available for tinnitus, scientists and audiologists have pinpointed certain therapies and treatments that can help those suffering from tinnitus better cope with their malady.
Hearing aids are a very common treatment for tinnitus, since it is often considered one of the first signs and symptoms of developing hearing loss. By having better hearing as a result of properly fitted hearing aids, some people report noticing their tinnitus less. Additionally, many hearing aids have masking features available that allow them to help counteract the ringing or buzzing sounds you’re experiencing.
Counseling and other behavioral therapies can help those with tinnitus. Effective counseling programs are usually dual in nature: they educate individuals why tinnitus occurs, while also encouraging the individual to change the way they think about and react to their tinnitus.
Sometimes, treatment can come from outside the body. For example, sound generators can help drown out the tinnitus sounds.. A tabletop sound generator usually plays pleasant noises, like waves, waterfalls, rain or the natural sounds of a summer night. Sound generators can be especially helpful at night when individuals with tinnitus are trying to sleep.
Acoustic neural stimulation is a relatively new treatment. This technique is for people who suffer from loud and endless tinnitus. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, this technique relies on a palm-sized device and headphones to deliver music with embedded acoustic signals. The acoustic signals help stimulate change in the neural circuits of the brain, eventually desensitizing an individual from tinnitus.
Lastly, medications are also an option for treatment. Medications don’t actually treat the tinnitus, but taking antidepressants or antianxiety drugs can help to improve one’s mood and sleeping patterns.
When it comes to relieving tinnitus symptoms, it’s best to consult your audiologist and work with them to determine the best course of treatment. While tinnitus cannot be fully cured, there are a number of different options available to help you live better (and quieter).