Picture this: You’re just sitting down after a long day of working and fulfilling obligations. As you snuggle up to your favorite indulgence, you suddenly experience an immediate loss of hearing in one ear, followed by a high pitch tone, buzzing or whooshing sound inside your ear. Sound familiar?
What is Tinnitus?
This kind of auditory experience is called Tinnitus. Tinnitus is defined as the perception of noises within the ears or head in the absence of any external sound. Tinnitus is experienced by approximately 30 Million Americans regularly, according to the American Academy of Audiology.
When Tinnitus comes and goes in a matter of minutes, it can seem less intrusive on your life. However, the American Academy of Audiology suggests that “approximately 1-2% of the population have tinnitus severe enough that may lead to the following: anxiety, depression, problems with family and friends, an inability to concentrate and lack of sleep. Audiologists work with people with debilitating tinnitus for management of their symptoms.”
Getting Tinnitus Relief
For patients with hearing loss, tinnitus is quite common. In many cases, tinnitus is a side-effect of high-frequency hearing loss and can be managed with an appropriate hearing device or hearing aid. When a patient consults an Audiologist for tinnitus symptoms, most Audiologists will agree that there is not one mass solution to tinnitus. In fact, tinnitus symptoms are unique to the individual experiencing tinnitus.
At Physicians Hearing Solutions, located in Warwick and East Providence, Rhode Island, our Audiologists will access each hearing health patient by collecting a case history in order to obtain specific information related to a patient’s tinnitus symptoms. Our Audiologists and specialized National Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist (NBC-HIS) performs a complete hearing evaluation to show each patient’s exact hearing capabilities. Our specialized hearing health team will also help each patient complete questionnaires and forms in order to determine the level of impact tinnitus is having on each patient’s quality of life. Because tinnitus can occur in one or both ears, as well as at differing intensities, it is vital to collect as much patient experience information as possible in order to create a viable resolution.
Tinnitus & Hearing Loss After-Care
Once the proper information is collected, our team of hearing health experts works together to create and implement a medical treatment plan. “Tinnitus is common in patients with hearing loss. For patients with hearing loss, the audiologist can help to determine whether a hearing aid will help to reduce tinnitus as well as improve hearing. Other electronic devices, such as tinnitus maskers (steady-state sounds presented to the ears) generate a noise to help provide relief from tinnitus,” states the American Academy of Audiology.
In addition to providing tinnitus and hearing loss treatment options, our audiologists and specialized hearing healthcare team also focus on providing each patient with supportive and realistic hearing counseling. Because Tinnitus and hearing loss are very specific to the patient, there are a variety of tinnitus and hearing loss treatments available to our patients. If a hearing loss and/or tinnitus patient expresses severe anxiety and/or depression symptoms, we recommend seeking the help of a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT). According the American Academy of Audiology, “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the only treatment that has been thoroughly researched. CBT is based on the perception of tinnitus and determines the impact on the patient’s well-being and lifestyle. CBT does not eliminate tinnitus but, restructures the patient’s reaction to it.”
At Physicians Hearing Solutions, our team of hearing healthcare professionals take pride in the quality hearing healthcare we provide. From our ENTs (Otolaryngologists) to our Audiology team, National Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist and our office staff, all our patient’s needs are met with accuracy every time.
We want you to know you can trust that you are getting the highest quality hearing healthcare each time you come to see us. Our goal is to improve your quality of life through providing you with the quality hearing healthcare you deserve. We offer complimentary complete Diagnostic Hearing Screenings. Please don’t wait, call today, (401) 921-0181 Warwick, Rhode Island office, (401) 435-5355 East Providence, Rhode Island office.