Allison Audiology

Tinnitus Treatment

tinnitus-consultation.jpgDid you know an estimated 50 million people in the United States suffer from some form or level of tinnitus? Don’t be one of the crowd. 

At Allison Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, our professionals have more than 20 years of experience and offer comprehensive tinnitus treatment near Houston and Lake Jackson.

There are two types of tinnitus: subjective and objective. Subjective tinnitus is often referred to as “ringing in the ears.” But the sound heard may be a whirring, clicking or buzzing noise that isn’t present in the environment. Only the person with subjective tinnitus can hear the sound. Subjective tinnitus is a symptom of another condition and may be treated in a variety of ways based on the underlying cause. Objective tinnitus can be heard by others and is treated with surgical or other medical methods.

Tinnitus isn’t dangerous, but it can seriously affect your quality of life. While some people experience temporary tinnitus that is mildly annoying, others experience constant, debilitating tinnitus that seriously degrades your quality of life.

Tinnitus causes 

The exact causes of tinnitus aren’t well understood because there are many reasons for tinnitus. Treatment usually depends on addressing the underlying cause. Tinnitus can be the result of:

  • Hearing loss
  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Ototoxic drugs 
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Tumor
  • Abnormal growth of bone in the ear
  • Tumor on the cranial nerve
  • Stress 
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure

Often, diagnosis of the exact cause is difficult and may be made by excluding other causes. Effective tinnitus treatment depends on expert diagnosis and elimination of the underlying treatment where possible. 

Tinnitus treatment 

At Allison Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, we tailor our tinnitus treatment options to your specific needs. After our detailed hearing assessment, we personalize your treatment plan based around tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT), to ensure you get the most encompassing results possible. Tinnitus retraining therapy habituates the patient to the tinnitus sounds.

If your tinnitus is the result of hearing loss, we will address this issue as well with hearing aids, to not only help you hear better, but to also minimize the effects of tinnitus. If you’ve had recent trauma to your head, we will recommend complete medical imaging and assessments to make sure you get the treatment that is suited to your specific condition and symptoms. If your tinnitus has been brought on due to emotional hardships, such as the loss of a close family member or friend, we will utilize a combination treatment plan involving TRT and behavioral therapy. Behavioral therapy uses specialized techniques and exercises to improve the patient’s mood and thoughts about tinnitus.

Additionally, we may recommend white noise devices to help block the sounds of tinnitus in day-to-day situations. We will discuss your personal needs and symptoms when making this recommendation.

We understand tinnitus is a complex and individualized issue, which is why we treat every case according. By combining special wearable sound generators with therapy, tinnitus is decreased from the conscious level.