If you have been suffering from persistent head noise for a while, you are probably aware that there is currently no cure for tinnitus. However, there are many different forms of therapy that can reduce the perception and stress of tinnitus, helping people to better cope with the condition on a daily basis.
Popular Treatments and Therapies That Can Ease Tinnitus Symptoms
Most tinnitus treatments are focused on reducing the intensity and awareness of symptoms, as well as addressing the emotional strain that tinnitus places on the patient. The ultimate goal of therapy is to allow the patient to live a fulfilling life even if they will always be able to hear head noise.
The most common treatments for tinnitus include:
- Hearing aids. Since the most common cause of tinnitus is sensorineural hearing loss, it makes sense that the most common treatment is through hearing correction devices. By amplifying the sounds around you, a hearing aid can help the brain focus on environmental noises and drown out the perception of tinnitus.
- Masking. Sound masking is another way to drown out head noise. Sound machines or other electronic devices provide white noise, music, nature sounds, or other ambient noise to provide temporary relief of symptoms (such as helping a patient sleep).
- Behavioral therapy. Using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), patients can control their emotional reactions to tinnitus and learn ways to relieve stress. Similarly, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) therapy teaches patients to control their experiences with tinnitus rather than allow the condition to overwhelm them.
- Sound therapy (TRT). Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) combines CBT counseling and sound masking to help patients learn to perceive their tinnitus without reacting to it. Therapeutic treatments have been shown to reduce many negative effects of tinnitus, as well as decrease depression and anxiety.
- Drug therapy. There are no medications made specifically for tinnitus, but antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs can relieve some of the mental stress of the condition.
- TMJ treatment. Cases of tinnitus caused by repeated clenching of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) may be relieved by dental surgery or bite realignment.
- Cochlear implants. Much like hearing aids, cochlear implants amplify sounds and drown out tinnitus. However, they are surgically-implanted devices and are usually only available only to patients who are completely deaf.
If you are ready to take control of your tinnitus, we have hearing care providers across Delaware and Maryland who can identify the best course of treatment for you. Use our quick contact form to make an appointment with our hearing care professionals today!