You do not have to “just live” with your tinnitus anymore!
At our four locations around Denver, we only offer FDA approved tinnitus treatment options that have been proven effective, that we have researched, believe in, and have seen our patients benefit from. We help more people find relief from tinnitus than any other audiology practice in Colorado.
So how can we offer hope when so many people – including many doctors – say there is no effective treatment for tinnitus?
- Dr. Julie Prutsman has been involved with tinnitus cases for the past 15 years – before there was anything that could be done except hearing aids or maskers. Thankfully, Dr. Pawel Jastreboff, PhD, ScD, developed Tinnitus Retraining Therapy or TRT. Julie had the privilege of studying under Dr. Jastreboff at Emory University in 2002, and she is a founding member of the Tinnitus Retraining Therapy Association.
- Our specialty is working with people to find relief from their tinnitus. Nearly every ENT, audiology practice, and hearing aid dispenser that claims to be able to do something about tinnitus only offers hearing aids. While amplification may help some people, only 50% of people living with tinnitus have significant hearing loss that affects speech understanding. We now offer 9 evidence based tinnitus treatment options and have seen life changing results with our patients.
- Technology alone does not ensure a successful outcome for every person. There are thousands of hearing healthcare providers across the nation and around the world that have access to the same products and advancements in tinnitus treatment that we do. However, without extensive training, a deep commitment to counseling and educating patients, and years of experience working with people living with tinnitus, the best tinnitus treatment technology is worthless. Our practice possesses all of the ingredients to maximize each patient’s benefit from the products and services we provide.
That is why we have been able to help thousands of people from across the country get the relief they need from their tinnitus.
Our team of professionals are able to demonstrate the following tinnitus retraining therapy treatment options with an appointment. Call (720) 259-9962 or click here to schedule your appointment today!
Oticon Tinnitus SoundSupport™
Oticon Tinnitus SoundSupport™ offers a personalized solution with a selection of tinnitus relief sounds to support common tinnitus management approaches.
The flexible programming offers sound stimulation through a selection of sound options to help ease the effects of tinnitus. These sounds provide a variety of personalization options to meet individual needs and preferences.
Oticon Tinnitus SoundSupport is used in conjunction with tinnitus retraining therapy programs providing instructional counseling.
Widex tinnitus treatment
Widex tinnitus treatment – the Zen program – is a sound therapy program that is customized to each patient.
In the Widex Zen™ program, the music is based on fractal tone technology, which ensures that the music is rather predictable without repeating itself. For this tinnitus retraining therapy program, the user has a choice of “musical tones” called Zen styles, and it is possible to further individualize these by adjusting the tempo and pitch of the styles.
Serenade by SoundCure
The Serenade device is one of the many tinnitus retraining therapy treatment options offered by the Sound Relief Hearing Center in Metro Denver.
Serenade by SoundCure: The Serenade by SoundCure comes out of research from the University of California, Irvine. Using sound therapy with customized S-tones, we are able to reduce tinnitus awareness and disturbance levels. S-Tones are the foundation of the Serenade technology. Research has shown that these temporal patterned sounds can produce synchronized, robust neural activity in the auditory cortex. Each patient’s tinnitus retraining therapy is custom designed following tinnitus specific testing performed by Dr. Julie and her staff.
Individuals with tinnitus can benefit from the ReSound Relief app as part of a tinnitus management program; it offers a combination of sound therapy and relaxing exercises to distract your focus from your tinnitus.
Using an ultrasonic, bone conducted sound, The Inhibitor attempts to apply a phase-shifting signal that provides relief for a few minutes to a few days for 75% of patients. The Inhibitor can be placed on the mastoid bone multiple times a day to potentially provide temporary relief from tinnitus.
Many people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing aids create a dual benefit of enhancing hearing and masking or covering up the tinnitus with soft sounds in your environment that you might be missing. Many people with tinnitus receive partial or complete relief with the use of hearing aids.
People with tinnitus may experience anxiety, depression and other psychiatric problems. Along with using our tinnitus retraining therapy options, you may be referred to a psychiatrist or counselor as needed.
Tinnitus maskers are small electronic devices that look like hearing aids and are tuned to generate sound that masks or covers up the tinnitus. Like hearing aids, they may provide relief from the tinnitus, but will not enhance hearing and may interfere with understanding speech. Many types of devices, such as fans, radios and sound generators can be used as tinnitus maskers to help tinnitus sufferers to fall asleep or get back to sleep. Long-term use of maskers is more like using a Band-Aid instead of an actual tinnitus treatment. Other forms of tinnitus retraining therapy (see above) are better for long-term management of tinnitus.
Medicine / drug therapy
Some tinnitus sufferers develop anxiety and other strong emotional responses to their tinnitus. Certain medicines may provide relief from these emotional reactions and provide some relief from the tinnitus. Other medicines and nutritional supplements have provided relief in some patients.
Learning how to relax is very helpful if the noise in your ears frustrates you. Stress makes tinnitus seem worse. By relaxing, you have a chance to rest and better deal with the sound.
What can I do to help myself?
Avoid anything that can make your tinnitus worse, such as smoking, alcohol and loud noise. If you are a construction worker, an airport worker, or a hunter, or if you are regularly exposed to loud noise at home or at work, wear custom ear plugs or special earmuffs to protect your hearing and keep your tinnitus from getting worse. If it is hard for you to hear over your tinnitus and are ready to start treatment, have a current hearing evaluation at our hearing center in Denver. Correcting a hearing loss will reduce the stress and strain of trying to understand speech, which can reduce your tinnitus as well.
What is the next step?
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Julie and her team to evaluate and discuss your tinnitus.