That persistent ringing in your ears has become an annoyance. It's time to talk with your doctor about what treatment is available. There are several non-invasive approaches to help you cope with the noise. If they don't give you enough relief, it will be time for a discussion about surgical options. Here are a few of the non-invasive approaches that have given people relief from their tinnitus.
Tinnitus is often triggered by other sounds. There are some devices that attempt to mask the sounds while others blend noises in with the ringing until your mind ignores it. The first step before using these devices is to get a baseline of your hearing. Audiologists evaluate your hearing to determine at what frequency your tinnitus is ringing. This allows them to adjust the devices to hide the irritating sound.
White-noise generator - This device produces a series of sounds that attempt to mask the ringing so it's not as noticeable. Sounds such as waves on a beach or the wind blowing through trees can mask your tinnitus from your mind. Some of these devices use recorded sounds while others digitally create them. Some people find that a white-noise generator helps them sleep peacefully in spite of the tinnitus.
Noise-masking devices - These are designed to be worn like hearing aids. They produce a low-level of white-noise that matches the frequency of your tinnitus. The audiologist will adjust the device until the generated noise blends in with the tinnitus so they can't be distinguished from each other. Your mind can't pick out either noise so it tends to ignore both of them. This device is helpful when you need to concentrate on a work project or when having a conversation with someone.
Audio-retraining devices - Instead of a noise, this hearing aid device produces musical tones that match the frequency of your tinnitus. Some people find this more effective than the simple white-noise generator. Your mind becomes accustomed to hearing the tones mixed in with the tinnitus and ignores them both.
Some approaches to tinnitus help you remove your focus from the sound so you can function normally throughout the day.
Biofeedback - This technique teaches you how to relax in spite of the tinnitus. Tools help you evaluate the progress of your relaxation efforts, such as monitoring your heart rate and blood pressure. You'll learn how to relax while consciously lowering those values.
Hypnosis - This is used to divert the attention of your mind away from the ringing. The therapist gives your mind a hypnotic suggestion to think of something else when it encounters the ringing, such as the sounds of waves on a beach. When your mind notices the tinnitus, it will react as if it is hearing the ocean waves.
To speak to an audiologist, contact a company such as Hearing Center Of Hawaii.