Tinnitus is a hearing problem which affects a projected fifty million US citizens somewhere between 60 and 75 years old. The main manifestation of ringing in the ears, which usually impacts a great deal more men than women, is hearing tones which nobody else is able to hear. Tinnitus is generally not thought to be a disease in itself but an indication of something else occurring in one or maybe more of the four elements of the auditory system – the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and the brain. Tinnitus with greater frequency appears as a co-symptom connected to other forms of either conductive or sensorineural hearing loss, as opposed to being a type of hearing loss in itself. However, because tinnitus can cause individuals to hear the buzzing or ringing sound continuously, this tends to have the effect of decreasing a person's absolute threshold of hearing, which makes it more difficult to hear low-level sounds normally.
Considering that tinnitus is such a widespread problem in the United States and in Norfolk in particular, the audiologists at Virginia Hearing Consultants are regularly looking into new therapies. Due to the fact that many of these therapies are fairly new, long term tinnitus sufferers may not know that new treatments are available to them. Virginia Hearing Consultants takes pride in offering the most current tinnitus treatment options in Norfolk. To better disseminate tinnitus therapy information they've compiled a list of tinnitus treatments on their website and often blog about new developments in the area of tinnitus research. Readers looking for further detail about the treatments listed here are encouraged to visit the website at http://virginiahearing.com or contact Virginia Hearing Consultants for an appointment.
Hearing aids. Individuals with tinnitus generally also have some amount of hearing loss. Hearing aids create a combined benefit of boosting hearing and covering up the tinnitus. Tinnitus patients using hearing aids commonly report complete or partial relief of tinnitus symptoms.
Maskers. Tinnitus maskers are tiny electronics that resemble hearing aids and are adjusted to generate sounds that masks or covers up the tinnitus. Like hearing aids, they offer tinnitus relief, but will not enhance hearing and can interfere with understanding speech.
Relaxation and Counseling. Stress tends to make tinnitus seem worse, so learning how to relax is very important. Beyond learning to relax, working with a counselor for tinnitus-induced anxiety or depression can be very helpful.
Drug Therapies. Medications and drug therapies have two roles to play in tinnitus therapy. Selected medications offer direct reduction in the tinnitus symptoms while others are meant to target the depression and powerful emotions associated with tinnitus.
Dr. Theresa Bartlett Au.D. is the primary audiologist at Virginia Hearing Consultants. She founded a private audiology practice in Norfolk in 2003 which later merged with another to form Virginia Hearing Consultants in 2005. Dr. Bartlett earned her Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology from James Madison University, her Master's Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi, and her Doctorate in Audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Dr. Bartlett is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association and is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the Tidewater Audiology Society. She is also a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology.
About Virginia Hearing Consultants:
Virginia Hearing Consultants has provided hearing aids in Norfolk, Virginia and its surrounding communities for over 9 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 our patients.
Name: Dr. Theresa Bartlett
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