Approximately fifty million Americans between 60 and 75 are experiencing a hearing disorder identified as tinnitus. More prevalent in men than women, the primary symptom of tinnitus is hearing tones that nobody else can hear. Tinnitus frequently suggests a problem manifesting in one of the four components of the auditory system – the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and the brain – and for that reason is more of a manifestation of other conditions than a disease alone. Although it is not a form of hearing loss per se, it can be related to other forms of either conductive or sensorineural hearing loss. Also, since tinnitus fills the ears with a persistent base level of ever-present sound, it lowers the absolute threshold of hearing and causes it to be challenging to hear faint sounds “over” the constant buzzing or ringing.
Considering that tinnitus is such a widespread problem in the U.S., the audiologists at Austin Hearing Services are regularly researching new treatment procedures. Due to the fact that many of these therapies are rather new, individuals who've endured tinnitus for an extended time may not know that new treatments have been introduced. Austin Hearing Services takes pride in being able to offer the most up-to-date tinnitus treatments in Austin, TX. In addition to maintaining a summary of presently available tinnitus treatment options on their website, staff members at Austin Hearing Services often write about new developments on the company blog. Readers interested in additional information on the treatment options listed here are urged to visit the website at http://austinhearingservices.com or call for an appointment.
Hearing aids. People with tinnitus generally also have some level of hearing loss. The combined benefit of hearing aids is that they cover the noises of the tinnitus while also boosting hearing ability. Partial or complete relief from tinnitus symptoms is achievable with hearing aids.
Drug Therapies. Medication-based therapies approach tinnitus on 2 different levels. They are able to combat the powerful emotions and depression that are common among tinnitus patients and also directly reduce the symptoms.
Relaxation and Counseling. Learning how to relax is very important if the noise in your ears aggravates you. Stress makes tinnitus feel worse. Counseling may be appropriate when tinnitus leads to depression, anxiety or other psychological problems.
Maskers. Tinnitus maskers are tiny electronic devices that look like hearing aids and are tuned to generate sounds that cover up the tinnitus. Like hearing aids, they may provide relief from the tinnitus, but will not improve hearing and can interfere with speech comprehension.
About Dr. Margaret Hutchinson
Austin Hearing Services was founded in 1999 by Dr. Margaret Hutchinson. Dr. Hutchinson received her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biological Sciences from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Science (MS) degree in Communications Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Texas at Dallas earning a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Human Development and Communications Disorders in 1996. Dr. Hutchinson has multiple publications in the field of audiology and is a frequent conference speaker. She has been cited in Notable Women of Texas and Who's Who In Science and Engineering. The American Academy of Audiology honored Margaret with the Academy's Scholar Award in 2011. She is Board Certified in Audiology and a member of the American Auditory Society, the American Academy of Audiology, the American Speech and Hearing Association, the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology and the Society for Neuroscience.
About Austin Hearing Services
Austin Hearing Services has provided hearing aids in Austin TX and its surrounding communities for several years. The company offers a full range of diagnostic and preventative hearing healthcare professional services, including hearing aid screening, evaluations, hearing aids sales and rehabilitative and preventative counseling. The staff is dedicated to keeping abreast of the latest improvements in technological advancements in the hearing industry and is committed to offering the most current options to patients.
Dr. Margaret Hutchinson
Austin Hearing Services
6805 North Capital of Texas Highway #265
Austin, TX 78731
Name: Dr. Margaret Hutchinson
Phone: (512) 851-0871
Organization: Austin Hearing Services
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