You may have been told by many people, including doctors, that there is no cure for tinnitus. While this is true, it’s not the end of the story. Tinnitus is caused by a variety of factors, most commonly sensorineural hearing loss, and researchers have yet to find the common link that could lead to a cure. However, progress has been made in developing therapies to ease symptoms and to cope with the emotional trauma that can be a side effect of the condition.
Tinnitus Treatments and Therapies
Even though treatment will not eliminate the tinnitus signal to the brain, it can address the aspects of the condition that make it unbearable to sufferers. The best treatments effectively address the side effects of tinnitus, such as anxiety, stress, social isolation, sound sensitivity, hearing difficulties, and perceived volume. Some of the most promising therapies include:
- Hearing aids. Tinnitus is almost always connected to some level of hearing loss. Amplifying outside sounds with a hearing aid can often provide relief from the internal noise of tinnitus.
- Sound therapies. While it may be hard to believe, the ringing you hear in your ears is not a real sound. For some patients, providing a real, external sound can counteract their perception of the tinnitus sound. Sound-masking devices, hearing aids, and medical-grade white noise machines can all provide relief for some patients.
- Drug therapies. While there is no medication that can cure or even lessen tinnitus, sufferers have found relief by taking medication to relieve the stress, anxiety, and depression that are often a result of tinnitus symptoms.
- Treatment of other conditions. It is not common, but some cases of tinnitus are caused by identifiable and treatable medical conditions. When the jaw joint disorder TMJ is treated by a dentist, it can relieve tinnitus symptoms in some patients. Likewise, obstructions in the ear, head and neck injuries, and drug reactions are less common causes of tinnitus and, when treated, tinnitus symptoms can be cured.
- Experimental treatments. Different types of brain stimulation, brain surface implants, and nerve stimulation therapies are being tested by researchers and show promising early results. It is important for tinnitus patients and their health care providers to stay informed of developing treatments.
See Our Hearing Care Professionals for More Help
The hearing specialists at Professional Hearing Care Center in Lakeland understand that you are suffering with tinnitus and will discuss all of the treatment options available to you. Make an appointment for a free hearing evaluation now and take the first step toward managing your tinnitus.