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Tinnitus is a common symptom reported by about 17% of the general population (44 million people in the USA). Tinnitus may be described as a ringing, roaring, hissing, buzzing, or clicking sound ‘in the ear’ or ‘in the head.’ The perception of these sounds is very real but not related to any external sound source. Therefore, tinnitus can be classified as a phantom auditory perception.

Tinnitus may be pronounced /tinni’tus/ or /tinn i tus/. Varying opinions not only involve the pronunciation of the term but also the etiology of tinnitus and appropriate treatment of tinnitus.

At the Atlanta Ear Clinic, a multidisciplinary team composed of a neurotologist, audiologist, and occupational therapist address the treatment of tinnitus. Treatment may include electrical stimulation, biofeedback, medication, hearing aids, and sound habituation therapy. Other modalities for tinnitus include education of ear health and protection, infrared photo-energy treatment, cervical traction, counseling, and stress management. Each treatment plan is individually planned and monitored by the clinical staff.

Electrical stimulation involves treating the outside of the ear with a small electric current. Each treatment takes ½ hour per ear and 6 initial treatments are recommended. Of 500 tinnitus patients treated with electrical stimulation at our clinic, tinnitus was reduced in one half of the patients. Biofeedback training can be used in conjunction with electrical stimulation. Biofeedback involves teaching the person with tinnitus to exert conscious control over the areas of the body which were thought to be outside of the control of the conscious mind. Instruments are used to sense and amplify impulses coming from body parts one wishes to alter. This information can be used by the person to modify and alter processes associated with tinnitus by relaxing muscles in the head and neck and increasing blood flow.

 


Dr. Steenerson | Vestibular Rehab | Cochlear Implants | Tinnitus | Hearing Aids | Neuromuscular Facial Re-Ed | Office | Contact Us

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