Looking For Relief From Your Tinnitus? We Can Help!
Tinnitus Therapy & Treatment Austin
As part of our tinnitus therapy and management assessment, we carry out a complete hearing assessment including Puretone Audiometry, Tympanometry, Acoustic Reflexes, Otoacoustic Emissions and Speech Discrimination. Specifically for tinnitus assessment we conduct an interview using the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) to grade the severity of the your tinnitus. Based on your evaluation and in conjunction with you, we will implement the prescribed treatment plan. Management may include the use of hearing aid amplification, sound therapy and /or behavioral modification therapy.
The severity of your tinnitus depends largely on how much attention you pay to the unwanted sound. When tinnitus prompts negative feelings, it can cause a reaction that makes you pay more attention to it, and a vicious cycle begins. The aim of tinnitus therapy is to break this vicious cycle.
The Austin Hearing Course Of Evaluation And Treatment
Through our vast experience, we have developed a variety of approaches that provide relief for the majority of our patients. The following is the process for evaluation and treatment.
Step One: Assessments And Medical Clearance
ecause tinnitus can be associated with ear and other anatomical disease, it is important that we ascertain what the underlying causes of your problem are. In most cases tinnitus is caused by an underlying hearing loss. Sometimes however it can be caused by other problems that are not appropriate for treatment in an audiology setting. If we find that your case is not suitable for treatment we would refer you to an appropriate Specialist to rule out any health-related conditions that could be the cause of your tinnitus or could be treated through medical and/or surgical intervention.
Step Two: Treatment Options
Treatment Of An Underlying Hearing Loss
There are many options for treatment with tinnitus dependent on the severity and the underlying cause. In quite a lot of cases correction of a hearing loss with well fitted hearing aids will reduce or eliminate the tinnitus symptoms. In the cases where this isn’t enough we also prescribe sound therapy. Many modern hearing aid devices are combination devices giving amplification and sound therapy. Different types of noises or chime-like sounds can be used with or without amplification to offer relief from tinnitus. Sound therapy will most often be accompanied by education, counseling, and stress reduction. It may also include professionals from other disciplines (i.e., psychology, dentistry, neurology, etc). This new approach is proving to be very successful and is being used more frequently by the hearing professionals in our office
Sound Therapy Treatment Austin
In Cases where there is no hearing loss is or it is not severe enough for treatment. We would prescribe sound therapy devices. Sound therapy has proven to be an effective management tool for many people who suffer from tinnitus that isn’t associated with underlying hearing loss.