Cape Cod Hearing Center, in spite of Covid precautions, showed us caring and thorough service!  She made an appointment for me to come to the parking lot and gave me several options of available time slots.  That was very considerate because I don't drive and I have to rely on other people to bring me when it is convenient for them.  The receptionist, Jan, was very flexible.  Jan came out to the car with a mask and gloves.  She carried a sturdy lined box for me to put my precious hearing aids in for her to clean.  She was back out to the parking lot in no time.  She cleared out the wax, skin flakes, and vacuumed my hearing aids!  The moment I put them back on, I could hear clearly again!  I was hesitant to have them cleaned because of the epidemic so by the time I went there they really needed service.  Thank you so much.  They are highly professional, extremely understanding and throrough.  Thank you Cape Cod Hearing Center!  They are an A+ practice.  Thank you again! - Elizabeth Gulezian

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Tinnitus Treatment Options

Tinnitus is the term used to describe the condition of perceiving a ringing, buzzing or whooshing noise in the absence of an external sound source. This is typically only experienced by the person with tinnitus and has a variety of different causes.

Treating the cause

Tinnitus can be caused by many things, and is usually a symptom of an underlying condition. The treatment for your particular tinnitus will depend on the condition that is causing it, the severity, any accompanying issues such as hearing loss, and the impact the tinnitus has on daily activities.

Common causes of tinnitus include:

  • Hearing loss
  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Earwax buildup or blockages
  • Abnormal bone growth in the ear
  • Meniere's disease
  • Head or neck injuries
  • Benign tumor of the cranial nerve
  • Medication
  • Aging
  • Vascular disorders
  • Stress or depression

In order to find out the root cause of your tinnitus, your hearing specialist will conduct a complete medical history, as well as a complete examination.

What treatments are available?

Depending on the cause of your tinnitus and other factors, several treatments are available to relieve your tinnitus symptoms, from hearing aids with tinnitus-masking features to sound therapy.

Sound therapy

A common treatment is acoustic therapy or sound therapy. Sound therapy makes use of sounds to help the brain re-focus and diminish the emotional impact of the tinnitus.

Hearing aids

Hearing aids are a popular treatment option for tinnitus even if hearing loss isn’t present. Hearing aids can be equipped with a tinnitus-masking feature to help individuals block out the noise and provide much-needed relief. These can be used in collaboration of hearing loss treatment as well.

Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT)

One treatment that incorporates sound therapy is called tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT), also known as habituation therapy. This therapy attempts to retrain your brain into perceiving the tinnitus in a different way. Typical behavioral therapy may also be included to help the individual cope with any emotional difficulties they’re experiencing, including depression, stress or anger.

After treatment has taken place, further maintenance is important. This may include management of associated health problems or ongoing therapies to support health and manage tinnitus.