Tinnitus Care

Welcome to The Tinnitus Treatment Center

 

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a medical condition characterized by persistent ringing in one or both ears which can only be heard by the affected individual. It has also been described as whistling, hissing, buzzing, or pulsing in the ear. These sounds may come and go; however, most sufferers experience symptoms 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The effects range from slight annoyance to severe disruption of everyday life. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that over 50 million Americans suffer from Tinnitus.

Hyperacousis is when some sounds which are of normal loudness to others, are perceived as very loud or annoying.

Tinnitus is associated with hearing loss. Commonly tinnitus is a result of auditory deprivation, though it can be also caused by other conditions which may require medical evaluation. It is important to understand that in NYS, a hearing aid dispenser is not licensed to treat or manage tinnitus. The only qualified professional to evaluate and offer treatment for tinnitus is the audiologist, or physician/medical practitioner. Obtaining a correct diagnosis for the cause of tinnitus is essential. Tinnitus should not be managed

Tinnitus Treatment

First, let's debunk one myth that tinnitus cannot be helped. This is simply not true. Every week patients are seen whose tinnitus is reduced, significantly, or less frequently, to a smaller degree from tinnitus treatment. While tinnitus cannot be cured, treatment is available.

Due to the personal and unique nature of each Tinnitus condition, proper evaluation and specialized treatment is necessary. Although there isn't a single cure for Tinnitus, Champlain Valley Audiology audiologists are experienced at providing individual solutions on a case-by-case basis. After completing a hearing test, your professional may refer you to an otolaryngologist for further examination.

Dr. Macner has extensive training in the neurophysiologic model of tinnitus, and sound sensitivity such as Hyperacousis and, misophonia. Treatment for tinnitus and/or sound sensitivity is conducted using Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) which is based upon the neurophysiologic model of tinnitus. First published in 1990 by Pawel Jastreboff, Ph.D., TRT is a highly effective treatment method for both tinnitus, and sound sensitivity issues. When followed carefully, TRT works to habituate the body's reaction caused by the presence of the unwanted sound by retraining the neural connects between the auditory, limbic and autonomic nervous systems. TRT consists of two components: intensive one-on-one retraining (teaching), and sound therapy.

 

Process for Being Seen in the Tinnitus Clinic 

Step 1: Schedule a Tinnitus/Hyperacousis Evaluation

A thorough tinnitus and hearing exam will be conducted. During this process, Dr. Macner will determine if you have the type of tinnitus which appears to be responsive to sound therapy treatment. Additionally, Dr. Macner will determine if any medical tinnitus evaluation is needed. If so, we will arrange this appointment with an otolaryngologist, otoneuraologist, or primary care practitioner after discussing this recommendation with you.

If there is anyone you would like to hear the test results and initial recommendations, you are encouraged to bring this person with you to this appointment.

Step 2: Return for Tinnitus/Hyperacousis Treatment Plan appointment

A significant amount of information will be discussed at this appointment. A treatment plan will be determined. If there is anyone you would like to be part of this treatment planning, you are encouraged to bring this person with you to this appointment.

Following correct diagnosis, Dr. Macner will discuss all treatment options available for both daytime and nighttime tinnitus disturbance. We do our best to verify your health care insurance benefits for all treatment or management options as a courtesy to you.

We invite you to contact us for information on how to receive an evaluation for you or your loved one. You may reach us by phone at (518) 324-5707 or by email at help@cvaudiology.com.