Information About Treating Tinnitus
Tinnitus is a persistent ringing, hissing, humming, or pulsing sound in the head or ears. Some who suffer from tinnitus experience it continuously – for others it comes and goes. Some people only experience it in one ear, others in both.
Tinnitus is not caused by external sources, and although the exact cause is unknown, we do know which brain systems are responsible for creating this condition:
- The limbic system, which processes emotions
- The automatic nervous system, which controls involuntary reflexes
Abnormally high activation of these systems can result in a range of adverse effects; anxiety, irritability, depression, sleep difficulties, impaired concentration or a decreased ability to understand speech.
There is no cure for tinnitus. However, K&H Audiology uses various approaches to minimize or eliminate the effects of tinnitus on day to day life and general well-being.
Sound Enhancement Therapy
Sound enhancement therapy uses hearing aids or other hearing amplification devices to minimize the effects of tinnitus.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is proven way to effectively cope with tinnitus so it does not have an adverse affect on a person’s life.
TRT is a treatment based on our neurophysiological understanding of tinnitus. The goal of this therapy is to eliminate or significantly reduce the ability to notice the affects of tinnitus.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is based on habituation. When you habituate to your tinnitus, which means getting used to it or disregarding it, you reach a state of mind that prevents tinnitus from evoking a negative emotional response.
Fortunately, regardless of our age, our brains retain high plasticity. This makes it possible for the brain to habituate to almost any sensory signal.
K & H Audiology: Tinnitus Therapy Treatment Specialists
Karen Kahansky, founder of K&H Audiology, has been certified for Tinnitus Retraining Therapy for Management of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis from The Jastrebroff Hearing Disorders Foundation.This uniquely qualifies K&H Audiology to treat tinnitus – only a select few Canadian audiologists have this designation.
Book an appointment with K & H Audiology to learn more about Tinnitus Therapy Treatment.