All About Tinnitus Part 3: Treatment for Tinnitus

Tinnitus Treatment

Gulf Gate Hearing Aid Center / August 10, 2016

We’ve explored the experience of tinnitus and the types and causes of it. In this last part of the three-part series on tinnitus, we discuss the treatments available for tinnitus.

Addressing the Underlying
Medical Conditions

The appearance of tinnitus may indicate related medical conditions. If you have been experiencing tinnitus, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with us at Gulf Gate Hearing Aid Center.

If a related medical condition is present, we will recommend that you visit a medical doctor. By addressing related medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, this may alleviate or eliminate the symptoms of tinnitus.

Hearing Loss and Tinnitus

Tinnitus is present in 80% of cases of hearing loss. Often times, treating hearing loss helps to alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus. Hearing loss is commonly treated with hearing aids. Because tinnitus is common in hearing loss cases, many hearing aid manufacturers offer tinnitus therapy options in their hearing aids.

Tinnitus therapy options include sound masking, exercises to re-train the brain to not hear the sounds of tinnitus, and much more.

Best Hearing Aids
with Tinnitus Treatment

At Gulf Gate Hearing Aid Center, we offer state-of-the-art products from leading hearing aid manufacturers. Here are our top picks for hearing aids that offer treatment for tinnitus.

Oticon

oticon tinnitus soundOticon’s hearing aids offer a built-in tinnitus management option, Tinnitus SoundSupport. Available in Alta 2, Nera 2, and Ria 2 models, Tinnitus SoundSupport provides tinnitus relief sounds. The broadband relief sounds include white, pink, and red noise, while the nature-based sounds are a series of ocean-themed relief sounds to offer relaxation. Through the Tinnitus Sound App, Oticon hearing aid wearers may choose between different sound types and also link up their music library. The Tinnitus Sound App also gives Oticon hearing aid wearers the option to create a sound plan to manage their tinnitus treatment.

Phonak

phonak audeoTo address tinnitus, Phonak offers a Tinnitus Management Portfolio. The goal of Phonak’s Tinnitus Management Portfolio is to make tinnitus symptoms less intrusive and distressing using a combination of education/counseling, amplification, and sound enrichment. The Tinnitus Management Portfolio consists of three branches: tinnitus masking (sounds to provide relief); tinnitus retraining therapy (counseling and sound enrichment); and tinnitus management (development of sound plan). The Phonak Audeo V hearing aid is equipped with Phonak’s Tinnitus Management Portfolio.

ReSound

resound tinnitus appReSound offers the Relief App, a tinnitus management program that consists of sound therapy and relaxing exercises. The Relief App gives ReSound hearing aid wearers the option to customize soundscapes and audio exercises, balance sounds between right and left ears, and a sleep timer to assist with sleep. ReSound hearing aid wearers may also customize their soundscapes by layering up to five sounds. The Relief App offers a “popping bubbles” relaxation exercise, as well as a tracker that records progress with the tinnitus treatment plan.

Siemens

Tinnitus relief SiemensSiemens offers tinnitus therapy through their BestSound Technology. This includes a separate therapy signal generator, eight pre-programmed therapy signals (four synthetic: white, pink, speech, and high-tone; four ocean wave: sandy, pebble, rocky, and boulder beaches), and individual fine-tuning of tinnitus therapy signals in all channels. Siemens hearing aid wearers may also choose between three operating modes: microphone only signal, tinnitus therapy signal only, and mixed mode. Tinnitus therapy is available with the following Siemens hearing aid models: Ace, Pure, Carat, Aquaris, Motion, Life, Insio, Nitro, and Orion.

Starkey

Multiflex Tinnitus Technology StarkeyMultiflex Tinnitus Technology is Starkey’s response to the symptoms of tinnitus, available on the Muse Made for Life, Halo 2 Made for iPhone, and SoundLens hearing aids. Multiflex Tinnitus Technology provides relief for ringing in the ears with customizable sounds. It also provides sound masking for the symptoms of tinnitus, as well as retraining exercises for the brain. The SoundPoint tool allows Starkey hearing aid wearers to identify sound preferences.

Widex

Widex Zen Tinnitus TherapyWidex offers Zen Therapy for tinnitus, a multi-step program to address the symptoms of tinnitus. Zen Therapy provides relief from tinnitus, reduction in stress, and a training process to help the brain re-adapt to the sounds of tinnitus. Zen Therapy utilizes counseling, amplification, sound therapy with fractal tones, and behavioral exercises and sleep management techniques to achieve relaxation. Widex hearing aids may be customized with Zen Therapy. Widex also offers a Zen2Go standalone device for those with tinnitus, but not hearing loss.

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