Tinnitus Treatment in Michigan


Approximately one in five adults experiences tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. At Holland Doctors of Audiology, we provide many different solutions for treating and improving tinnitus for patients.


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What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the absence of any corresponding external sound. Tinnitus is, usually, a high-pitched ringing sound but in many cases can be like hissing, buzzing, clicking, chirping, whistling, and other sounds.

How to do you say it?

It is pronounced ‘tin-e-tus’ (/ˈtɪnɪtəs/) or ‘tin-eye-tus’ (/tɪˈnaɪtəs/.) The word is derived from the latin ‘tinnio’ meaning “to ring.” The suffix “-itis” suggests inflammation/infection (e.g., otitis, appendicitis, tendonitis, etc.) which does not describe tinnitus. While both pronunciations are correct, we prefer the less ‘medical’ and more descriptive ‘tin-e-tus.’

Is it rare?

No. Nearly 15% of everyone — almost 50 million Americans — experience some form of tinnitus. Most experience it briefly and it’s not bothersome. Roughly 20 million people struggle with more bothersome chronic tinnitus, while 2 million have extreme and debilitating cases. Tinnitus is the number one disability among Veterans with over 150,000 new cases every year and a total of over 1.5 million VA tinnitus disability claims.

What causes/worsens tinnitus?

  • Excessive noise exposure (loud music, power tools, guns, etc.)
  • Hearing loss (noise induced, age-related, fluid in ear, stiffening of middle-ear bones)
  • Excessive Cerumen (earwax)
  • Head & Neck tumors and injuries
  • TMJ disorders (Temporomandibular Joint)
  • Metabolic Disorders (e.g., Diabetes, Thyroid disorders, Anemia)
  • Autoimmune Disorders (e.g., Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia)
  • Vascular problems (e.g., high blood pressure, blocked/restricted veins/arteries, etc.)
  • Psychiatric Issues: Depression, Anxiety disorders
  • Balance disorders and Inner ear disease
  • Certain medications (e.g., chemotherapy drugs, high doses of aspirin and NSAIDs,diuretics, some antibiotics, malaria medications, etc.)
  • Lifestyle and Dietary factors (e.g., sodium, caffeine, alcohol, poor physical fitness,sedentary lifestyles, smoking, artificial sweeteners, etc.) are linked to inner ear healthand can impact tinnitus.

Should You Worry?

In some cases, tinnitus should not be ignored and warrants immediate medical attention.
Seek an evaluation for:

  • Tinnitus in one ear only (unilateral tinnitus)
  • Tinnitus with dizziness/vertigo
  • Pulsing tinnitus (pulsatile tinnitus) or synchronous to your heart beat.
  • Tinnitus with Hearing loss that is greater in one ear (asymmetric hearing loss)
  • Tinnitus with pain, fullness, or drainage from the ear(s)
  • Tinnitus with significant anxiety/depression symptoms

Is there a cure?

With the exception of tinnitus from specific medical problems, there is no known “cure” to permanently stop tinnitus. However, there are many ways to reduce tinnitus, offering substantial relief.

What works?

Believing in a therapy is a very strong component of success rates and a strong placebo effect has been documented for many tinnitus therapies. When rigorously tested, no significant difference is found between the treated and the controlled groups for: acupuncture, nutritional supplements, vitamins, homeopathic therapies, hypnotherapy. While we can’t dismiss the benefits of these treatments, we do not recommend them for tinnitus relief. Our Doctors can properly diagnose tinnitus and offer clinically proven solutions, customized for every patient.

Experiencing Tinnitus?

Join us at the next ATA Support Group Meeting!

The ATA group encourages the sharing of experiences in a non-judgemental setting to support those who suffer from the effects of tinnitus. The group talks about new advancements in therapies, as well as verified methods of cognitive behavioral and sound therapy. Visit the American Tinnitus Association to learn more. 


Tinnitus Treatment Options in Holland, MI



Masking



Using both narrow and broadband tones, we can often play external sounds and noise that make the tinnitus less noticeable for the patient.






Sound Therapy



Sound therapies aim to lessen the perception of tinnitus through one of four actions; masking, distraction, habitation or neuromodulation.






MBTSR



Mindfulness Based Tinnitus Stress Reduction uses relaxation and mediation to help uncover one’s own resources to help deal with the tinnitus.






Tinnitus Retraining Therapy


TRT uses the neurophysiological model to reclassify the ringing sounds as neutral sounds. This is typically used in combination with a noise generator to provide background noise.



Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Typically used in combination with sound therapies, CBT can ease the anxiety and stress associated with tinnitus. It does this through a process of habituation, which helps patients “ignore” the sounds.



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Neuromonics

SoundCure

Widex Zen Therapy

Widex provides tinnitus relief through their Zen program, available in Widex hearing aids or as a standalone product.

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    Counselling

    Assist and educate the limbic system to change its negative interpretation of the tinnitus through cognitive training

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    Amplification

    Amplification stimulates the ears, hearing system and brain to prevent overcompensation

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    Fractal Tones (ZEN)

    Unique music program designed to encourage relaxation and make tinnitus less noticeable to the patient

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    Relaxation

    Using behavioral exercises and sleep management strategies, relaxation can become an important part of therapy



Widex Zen Fractal Tones Sample