McDonald Audiology & Hearing Health Care Expand Grand Rapids MI Tinnitus Therapy

With rates of tinnitus on the rise, finding effective treatment options to manage the condition is essential. The following tinnitus therapy options are now available from McDonald Audiology & Hearing Health Care in Grand Rapids, MI.

Around 50 million Americans between 60 and 75 are suffering from a hearing ailment known as tinnitus. The principal characteristic of tinnitus, which generally impacts more men than women, is hearing tones that nobody is able to hear. Tinnitus commonly suggests a condition taking place within the four areas of the auditory system – the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and the brain – and as a result is more of a manifestation of other issues than a disease itself. Although it is not a type of hearing loss per se, it is often related to other forms of either conductive or sensorineural hearing loss. But since tinnitus causes individuals to hear the buzzing or ringing sound continually, this can have the effect of reducing an individual's absolute threshold of hearing, making it tougher to hear low-level sounds normally.

Because tinnitus is such a prevalent issue in the U.S., the audiologists at McDonald Audiology & Hearing Health Care – Tinnitus Therapy – Grand Rapids are regularly researching new treatments. Due to the fact that many of these therapies are relatively new, people who've lived with tinnitus for an extended time may not know that new treatments are available to them. Being able to provide the most up-to-date tinnitus therapies locally in Grand Rapids is a source of pride for the audiologists at McDonald Audiology & Hearing Health Care. Aside from maintaining a list of currently available tinnitus treatment options on their website, McDonald Audiology & Hearing Health Care staff members often write about new breakthroughs on the company blog. Readers interested in additional detail about the therapies listed below are encouraged to visit the website at or call for an appointment.

Hearing aids. Individuals with tinnitus generally also have some amount 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 possible with hearing aids.

Counseling and Relaxation. Being able to relax is very important if the ringing in your ears irritates you. Stress tends to make tinnitus seem even worse. Counseling can be appropriate when tinnitus leads to depression, anxiety or other psychological problems.

Medication. Medications and drug therapies have two roles to play in tinnitus therapy. Certain medications offer direct reduction n the tinnitus symptoms whilst others are meant to target the depression and powerful emotions associated with tinnitus.

Maskers. Covering up (or masking) the sounds of tinnitus can be achieved through an electronic tinnitus masker. Tinnitus maskers are an excellent option for many people, providing relief from the tinnitus. However, they've been known to affect comprehension of speech.

About Dr. Pamela D. Keenan, Au.D.

Dr. Pamela Keenan attended Central Michigan University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders in 1991. Subsequently she attended Michigan State University, where she received a Master's degree in Audiology in 1992. In 2009 she completed her Doctor of Audiology degree at the George S. Osborne College of Audiology at Salus University. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) and is licensed by the State of Michigan Board of Audiology. Dr. Keenan enjoys volunteering with local groups such as HLAA (Hearing Loss Association of America) and DHHS (Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services) to help educate the public about hearing and issues surrounding hearing loss.

About McDonald Audiology & Hearing Health Care

McDonald Audiology and Hearing Health Care is staffed staff by the best Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialists and Audiologists in the Grand Rapids area. Their combined experience, knowledge and education enables them to offer local residents the best in hearing health care services. McDonald Audiology hearing professionals believe hearing solutions must be structured individually to meet the needs of each patient. No two hearing losses are alike. Each patient deserves personalized care and a rehabilitation program tailored for their specific hearing needs.


Pamela D. Keenan

McDonald Audiology & Hearing Health Care

330 Fuller Ave NE

Grand Rapids MI 49503

(616) 773-2362

McDonald Audiology & Hearing Health Care

961 Four Mile Rd NW

Grand Rapids MI 49544

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McDonald Audiology & Hearing Health Care

4444 Kalamazoo Ave, SE Ste 101

Grand Rapids MI 49508

(616) 828-1516

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705 S Greenville West Drive Suite 202

Greenville MI 48838

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