Tinnitus Treatment Options
Living with tinnitus – the constant sound of ringing in your ears – can be both stressful and exhausting. While there is no proven cure for tinnitus, there are a number of treatments that have been shown to significantly reduce the symptoms.
Sound Relief Hearing Center is an independent audiology practice, specializing in using evidence-based therapies for tinnitus treatment and management. From our two Denver Metro locations, we regularly assess and treat people with tinnitus from across the United States.
You do not have to live with your tinnitus! We have not had a person come to see us who we have not been able to help.
So how can we offer hope when so many people – including many doctors - say there is nothing that can be done for tinnitus?
1. Dr. Julie has been involved with tinnitus cases for the past 15 years – before there was anything that could be done except try hearing aids or maskers. Thankfully, Pawel Jastreboff, PhD, ScD, developed Tinnitus Retraining Therapy or TRT. Dr. Julie had the privilege of studying under Dr. Jastreboff at Emory University in 2002.
2. We specialize in tinnitus treatment. Unfortunately, every hearing aid practice in the country has something on their website about tinnitus, and they claim to be able to do something about it. Most of these people are merely trying to get you in the door to force hearing aids in your ears. We now offer 9 evidence based tinnitus treatment options.
Dr. Julie is able to demonstrate all of the below mentioned treatment options in her office in South Denver with an appointment. Call (720) 259-9962 or click here to schedule a complimentary tinnitus consultation today!
Neuromonics Tinnitus Therapy : This treatment uses a combination of testing, counseling and specialized mixing of sound to help you to effectively manage and gradually reduce your response to the tinnitus. This treatment can take six months or more to complete but has the highest rate of success. Ninety percent of patients report a reduction in tinnitus perception by more than half in just 6 months of treatment.
Widex Zen : Widex has developed a tinnitus treatment protocol called the Zen™ program – a harmonic sound program based on fractal technology and offering a choice of soothing tones and chimes.
In the Widex Zen™ program, the music is based on fractal technology, which ensures that the music is rather predictable without repeating itself. The user has a choice of “musical tones” called Zen styles, and it is possible to further individualize these by adjusting the tempo and pitch of the styles.
Serenade by SoundCure : Similar in concept to Neuromonics Tinnitus Therapy, the Serenade by SoundCure is a new approach that comes out of research from the University of California, Irvine. Using a music-based sound therapy with customized S-tones, we are able to reduce tinnitus awareness and disturbance levels. Each patient’s therapy is custom designed following tinnitus specific testing performed by Dr. Julie. | Learn More
The Inhibitor : Using an ultrasonic, bone conducted sound, The Inhibitor attempts to apply a phase-shifting signal that provides relief for a few minutes to a few days for 75% of patients. The Inhibitor can be placed on the mastoid bone multiple times a day to potentially provide temporary relief from tinnitus.
Hearing Aids : Most people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing aids create a dual benefit of enhancing hearing and masking or covering up the tinnitus with soft sounds in your environment that you might be missing. The majority of patients with tinnitus receive partial or complete relief from their tinnitus with the use of hearing aids.
Counseling : People with tinnitus may experience anxiety, depression and other psychiatric problems. You may be referred to a psychiatrist or counselor as needed.
Maskers : Tinnitus maskers are small electronic devices that look like hearing aids and are tuned to generate sound that masks or covers up the tinnitus. Like hearing aids, they may provide relief from the tinnitus, but will not enhance hearing and may interfere with understanding speech. Many types of devices, such as fans, radios and sound generators can be used as tinnitus maskers to help tinnitus sufferers to fall asleep or get back to sleep. Long-term use of maskers is more like using a Band-Aid. Other forms of sound therapy (see above) are better for long-term management of tinnitus.
Medicine / drug therapy : Some tinnitus sufferers develop anxiety and other strong emotional responses to their tinnitus. Certain medicines may provide relief from these emotional reactions and provide some relief from the tinnitus. Other medicines and nutritional supplements have provided relief in some patients.
Relaxing : Learning how to relax is very helpful if the noise in your ears frustrates you. Stress makes tinnitus seem worse. By relaxing, you have a chance to rest and better deal with the sound.
What can I do to help myself? : Avoid anything that can make your tinnitus worse, such as smoking, alcohol and loud noise. If you are a construction worker, an airport worker, or a hunter, or if you are regularly exposed to loud noise at home or at work, wear custom ear plugs or special earmuffs to protect your hearing and keep your tinnitus from getting worse. If it is hard for you to hear over your tinnitus, have a current hearing evaluation. Correcting a hearing loss will reduce the stress and strain of trying to understand speech, which can positively impact your tinnitus as well.
What is the next step? : Schedule an appointment with Dr. Julie to evaluate and discuss your tinnitus.Schedule an Appointment