Tinnitus Hearing Problems
Tinnitus is a medical condition characterized by persistent ringing in
one or both ears which can only be heard by the affected individual. It
has also been described as whistling, hissing, buzzing, or pulsing in
the ear. These sounds may come and go; however, most sufferers experience
symptoms 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The effects range from slight
annoyance to severe disruption of everyday life. The American Tinnitus
Association estimates that over 50 million Americans suffer from Tinnitus.
Due to the personal and unique nature of each Tinnitus condition, proper
evaluation and specialized treatment is necessary. Although there isn't
a single cure for Tinnitus, Board Certified professionals are experienced
at providing individual solutions on a case-by-case basis. After completing
a hearing test, your professional may refer you to an otolaryngologist
for further examination.
In many cases, the distressing combination of Tinnitus and hearing loss
can be relieved with AGX hearing technology. While worn, a hearing system
can restore ambient sounds and help fill Sound Voids to eliminate the
effects of Tinnitus. An electronic device called a Masker may also be
worn to distract from the ringing sensation. Maskers fit in the ear much
like hearing aids and produce low-level sounds.
Your Echo Hearing Center professional will also evaluate other treatment
options with you including Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). Tinnitus
Retraining Therapy (TRT) combines low-level, steady background sounds
played through a device with intensive counseling. TRT is an involved
process that can take 12-24 months to reduce the effects of Tinnitus.
Visit the American Tinnitus Association for more information.