How do you treat tinnitus? Short version
Our doctors customize a sound therapy plan specific to each patient.
What is sound therapy? Short version
A process using soothing sounds to rewire the brain.
Tinnitus can disrupt your mood, thoughts, feelings, work, social life, and overall well-being. We are here to stop the vicious cycle of tinnitus using Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, or TRT. The overall approach of TRT is often misunderstood – even by many medical professionals. When customized appropriately to an individual’s needs, it is a highly successful approach to treating tinnitus.
More specifically, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy uses sound therapy and directive counseling over 12 – 24 months to properly deal with the three systems involved: the auditory system (hearing), the limbic system (emotions), and the autonomic nervous system (flight or fight response). Over our many years of helping patients with tinnitus, we have developed and refined our treatment protocols, evaluated countless new technology offerings, and invested in our people and equipment to provide the best outcomes in the industry. We have been able to provide life-changing results for thousands of patients, and we are confident we can help you too.
Sound Relief Hearing Center helps more patients find relief from tinnitus every year than any other practice in the United States. You may ask how we can offer hope when so many people claim there is no effective treatment for tinnitus? It’s because we have the technology, experience, and compassion needed to successfully reduce the impact of tinnitus on your life.
Dr. Julie Prutsman’s team of audiologists offer a higher standard of expertise. She has been deeply involved with tinnitus for more than 15 years, long before effective treatments had been developed beyond hearing aids and maskers. Dr. Julie also studied under one of the industry’s most respected and leading tinnitus experts, Dr. Pawel Jastreboff, and she has personally trained each and every one of her doctors.
Dr. Jastreboff, Ph.D., Sc.D., developed the renowned Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). Julie had the privilege of studying under him in 2002 and today is a proud member of the TRT Association whose 50 members in the United States have been personally trained by Dr. Jasterboff and his associates. With this neurophysiological background, Julie is continually seeking and analyzing the latest tinnitus technologies, to best help you find the long-term solution that’s right for you.
Almost every ENT, audiology practice, and hearing aid dispenser who claims to offer tinnitus treatment only offers one solution: hearing aids. While amplification may help some, only 50% of people living with tinnitus experience hearing loss that affects their understanding of speech, which means hearing aids are ineffective. At Sound Relief, we offer only evidence-based options like sound therapy and have seen countless patients experience life-changing results.
Technology alone can’t ensure a successful outcome. Thousands of hearing healthcare providers across the country and around the world have access to the same products and advancements that we do. However, in the wrong hands, the best technology is worthless.
We effectively use technology based on extensive training, deep commitment to patient counseling and educating, and decades of combined experience. We understand how to best utilize personalized technology to maximize each patient’s outcome. We strive to deliver exceptional care, without exception.
Oticon Tinnitus SoundSupport™
This personalized solution offers a selection of tinnitus relief sounds to support common management approaches. Flexible programming provides sound stimulation through select auditory options that can ease the effects of tinnitus. The sounds offer a variety of customized options and are used in conjunction with Tinnitus Retraining Therapy to provide instructional counseling.
Widex Tinnitus Treatment
This sound therapy program is personalized for every patient. Each patient chooses from a variety of musical tones known as Zen styles. In the Widex Zen™ program, the music is based on fractal tone technology that ensures it is predictable without being repetitive. Patients can further individualize tones by adjusting tempo or pitch.
ReSound LiNX Quattro iPhone Tinnitus Relief App
Individuals benefit from this app as part of a tinnitus management program. It offers a combination of sound therapy and relaxing exercises that distract attention from your tinnitus and helps calm the nervous system.
Many people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing aids provide a dual benefit. First, by enhancing hearing and then by mixing your tinnitus with everyday sounds, so you discern soft sounds in the environment you might currently be missing. Often people receive partial or complete relief with the use of hearing aids.
People living with tinnitus may experience anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric problems. As a result, along with our Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, you may be referred to a psychiatrist or counselor as needed.
Some people develop anxiety, depression, or other strong emotional responses to their tinnitus. Certain medicines can provide relief from these symptoms. Nutritional supplements can also offer relief from associated symptoms – lack of sleep – for some patients. Our audiologists will work with your physician to make sure the medications you are taking are working towards your goals of finding relief.
Stress can worsen the effects of tinnitus. If you experience frustration or anxiety from the noise in your ears, learning how to relax is very helpful. By relaxing, you’re given the chance to rest and better deal with the sound. Your audiologist can review relaxation techniques that have helped other patients with similar experiences
What Can I Do to Help Myself?
We encourage you to avoid anything that can make your tinnitus worse. For instance, you may want to avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, or listening to loud noises. Another precaution is protection. If you’re a construction worker, airport worker, hunter, or regularly exposed to loud noise, you should wear custom earplugs or special earmuffs. Ear protection goes a long way towards preventing your tinnitus from getting worse.
If you struggle to hear over your tinnitus and are ready to start treatment, schedule a hearing evaluation with Sound Relief today. Beyond tinnitus treatment, we can help with any hearing loss you may be experiencing. This can reduce the stress and strain of trying to understand speech, which will further reduce your tinnitus.
Ready to Change Your Life?
Better hearing care means better health care. Schedule an appointment today so we can evaluate your tinnitus. In just one appointment, we’ll help you completely understand your condition and develop a treatment option that gives your hearing the care it deserves.