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Tinnitus treatments

Most cases of tinnitus should be evaluated by an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician to be sure that the tinnitus is not caused by another treatable problem. While research has yet to discover a cure, there are a number of treatments to help sufferers manage the condition. Generally the process begins with trying to identify the cause.

If hearing loss is present, a hearing aid is likely to reduce the problem. Some wearers report that hearing aids have completely alleviated their condition.

Another option to help people manage is the use of a Therapeutic Noise Generator, a device which looks like a hearing aid and is recommended for people with no hearing loss. It produces a blend of external sounds which stimulate fibres of the hearing nerve, helping deviate attention away from the tinnitus.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), offered by clinical psychologists, can also be effective in alleviating distress and adapting to tinnitus. CBT is threefold: changing the way a person perceives tinnitus; teaching ways to focus attention away from tinnitus; and achieving control over stress.

For the vast majority of people there is no specific surgical procedure that provides a treatment for tinnitus. However, following successful surgical treatment for some ear problems, tinnitus may sometimes disappear (e.g. otosclerosis, middle ear effusion).

Accurate diagnosis and treatment of Meniere's disease may also result significantly reduce tinnitus.

There is some school of thought that herbal remedies and Vitamin B12, taken under medical supervision, may be helpful for some people. It really depends on the cause of the tinnitus and we recommend that you consult a specialist to discuss these options.

Where tinnitus is related to a jaw alignment problem, it is treatable. If you suspect this is a possible cause, it is worthwhile consulting your dentist.

In Summary

Unfortunately, tinnitus is not a simple problem with a simple solution. Everybody's tinnitus noise is specific to them, and as a result treatments need to be tailored to the individual.

If you would like to discuss your problem or arrange an assessment, we recommend that you call us on (08) 8981-0013, or click here to request an appointment with one of our hearing care professionals at a location near you.



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