Approximately fifty million Americans between the ages of 60 and 75 are suffering from a hearing disorder known as Tinnitus. More prevalent in men than women, the primary characteristic of ringing ears is hearing sounds that no one else can hear. Tinnitus is generally not thought to be a disease in itself but a symptom of something else occurring in one or even more of the four elements of the auditory system – the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and the brain. Tinnitus more often appears as a co-symptom linked to other forms of either conductive or sensorineural loss of hearing, as opposed to being a kind of loss of hearing in itself. However , because tinnitus can cause individuals to hear the buzzing or ringing sound constantly, this tends to have the effect of decreasing an individual's absolute threshold of hearing, making it tougher to hear low-level sounds normally.
The audiologists at Advanced Hearing Care in Charleston SC are constantly investigating new tinnitus therapies to make them available locally. Due to the fact that many of these therapies are rather new, individuals who've endured tinnitus for an extended time are often unaware that new therapies have been introduced. The ability to provide the most up-to-date tinnitus treatments locally in Charleston is a point of pride for the audiologists at Advanced Hearing Care. As part of that effort they've created a list of tinnitus treatments on their website and often blog about fresh breakthroughs in the area of tinnitus research. Details about the tinnitus therapies in the following list is available on the Advanced Hearing Care website or by scheduling an appointment.
Hearing aids. People with tinnitus frequently also have some amount of hearing loss. The dual benefit of hearing aids is that they cover the sounds of the tinnitus while also boosting hearing ability. Tinnitus patients making use of hearing aids often report partial or complete alleviation of tinnitus symptoms.
Medicine or drug therapy. Drug therapies and medications have two roles to play in tinnitus therapy. Some medications offer direct relief from the tinnitus symptoms while others are intended to target the anxiety and strong emotions affiliated with tinnitus.
Relaxation and Counseling. Relaxation techniques are essential for tinnitus patients because stress tends to make tinnitus feel worse. Counseling may be appropriate when tinnitus causes depression, anxiety or other psychiatric problems.
Maskers. Covering up (or masking) the sounds of tinnitus can be achieved through an electronic tinnitus masker. Like hearing aids, they offer tinnitus relief, but will not improve hearing and can interfere with understanding speech.
About Dr. Mary Anne Larkin
Dr. Mary Anne Larkin completed her Doctorate in Audiology (AuD) at the University of Florida and has been in the audiology profession since 1983. She is board certified by the American Academy of Audiology and is a Fellow of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology and the South Carolina Academy of Audiology. Dr. Larkin has served on numerous audiology committees and boards on a state and national level and is a past president of the South Carolina Academy of Audiology. She is the recipient of numerous professional awards including “Audiologist of the Year” from the Audiological Resource Association and the “Elizabeth P. Wade Outstanding Audiologist of South Carolina”.
About Advanced Hearing Care:
Advanced Hearing Care has served the greater Charleston area and its surrounding communities for 20 years. They offer a full range of diagnostic and preventative hearing healthcare professional services, including hearing aid screening, evaluations, hearing aids sales and rehabilitative and preventative counseling, tinnitus assessments and auditory processing evaluations. Advanced Hearing Care is dedicated to keeping abreast of the latest improvements in technological advancements in the hearing industry and are committed to offering the most current options to their patients.
Dr. Mary Anne Larkin
Advanced Hearing Care
900 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste 101
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Name: Dr. Mary Anne Larkin
Phone: (843) 628-4844
Organization: Advanced Hearing Care
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