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Tinnitus Treatment Program

Our center treats people with tinnitus (noise in the ears) and hyperacusis (hypersensitivity to sound). The goal is to evaluate, diagnose, and treat tinnitus and hyperacusis so effectively that it will no longer be a problem.

Our center employs a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of tinnitus and hyperacusis. Our team consists of four otolaryngologists, two audiologists, vestibular (balance) technologists, nursing staff, and administrative personnel. The members of the team work closely together to ensure the best treatment program and the highest standard of care.

An audiological and medical evaluation is the first step. The audiologist will perform an array of tests that will provide information about the individual’s tinnitus, hearing, and hyperacusis. Some of these tests are specific to the individual’s tinnitus and are not normally performed in other clinics.

Our medical doctors will perform a general physical evaluation, an ear, nose, and throat examination, and review the patient's medical history. Additional tests also may be indicated such as vestibular testing, brainstem auditory evoked response testing, and a CT or MRI scan.

The physician and audiologist will discuss these results and formulate a treatment plan designed specifically for each patient. Patients will be offered a counseling session at which we will address concerns and questions, provide information about tinnitus and/or hyperacusis, discuss the causes of tinnitus, and propose a treatment plan. Typically, the plan involves the use of low level sounds. The sound can be provided by noise generating devices, hearing aids, or environmental sounds. The treatment plan will depend on the results of the evaluation and it will be fully explained.

Continuity of care is essential for achieving our goal. Patients are seen for a follow-up three months after the initial visit. Visits six months and after will involve some testing in addition to further counseling. Follow up visits will continue as long as necessary. Generally, the treatment takes from 12 to 18 months.

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