There is no known cure for tinnitus unless its underlying cause can be identified and treated. Over the past three decades hearing scientists have developed some outstanding tinnitus treatment programs and methods to help patients with chronic tinnitus.
Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) is one of our clinic’s highest recommended treatment plans. TRT centers around sound therapy and tinnitus counseling, which aims to teach you about your condition. Use of the retraining techniques and sound enrichment weakens the source of problematic tinnitus.
If you and your audiologist determine that retraining therapy is the best option for treating your tinnitus, we’ll set up a counseling schedule for you. You can expect to visit our office regularly as you begin TRT.
The duration of TRT differs from patient to patient, but the counseling is consistently effective for our tinnitus patients and is proven to work well short-term and long-term.
When you begin our tinnitus retraining therapy program, you can expect:
- Counseling sessions with your audiologist, who will teach you more about what tinnitus is and how your perception of it affects the way you react to the sounds. As your reactions to tinnitus are altered through counseling and education, you’ll become less and less aware of your symptoms.
- Sound enrichment is an important part of TRT that must be used 24-hours a day to filter out your tinnitus. Avoiding silence is considered key to successful TRT. Choosing the new background sounds of your life—and how to incorporate them into every moment of your day—isn’t necessarily an easy task. That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced audiologist as Dr. Ross who will guide you as you find sounds that filter out your tinnitus effectively without being annoying or intrusive.
- Retraining exercises will begin during your first session of tinnitus retraining therapy. These expertly developed tactics aim to reduce your reaction to your tinnitus, eliminate any feelings of annoyance associated with tinnitus, and eventually decrease your awareness of the sound.
Call Albany ENT & Allergy Services at (518) 701-2085 for more information or to schedule an appointment.