Tinnitus impacts each sufferer’s life in different ways – some get used to the noise in their ears quite easily, while others suffer severe anguish from the incessant unwanted sound.
The fact that tinnitus sufferers often feel totally helpless means that they can often be vulnerable to unsubstantiated, unproven claims of cures and highly questionable methods of treatment. Despite continual improvement in specialist knowledge of tinnitus, many types of “cure” on offer are not scientifically proven or documented. A psychological approach has been known to have positive effects when it comes to treating tinnitus and sufferers may benefit from treatments including relaxation therapy and counselling.
The treatment of tinnitus tends to vary from country to Silencil country. In the UK, the following treatments are common:
Sound Therapy –
Tinnitus is at its worse in a silent environment so this treatment involves filling the void of silence with a sound that is preferable to the tinnitus. Sound generators can be used and the brain can be retrained to ignore the tinnitus. If the person experiencing tinnitus also suffers from a hearing loss, a hearing aid system often proves beneficial.
Helping tinnitus sufferers to understand the nature of the problem they are facing is an essential step in helping them to manage the condition more effectively. Since tinnitus can affect people in many different ways, counselling can help people to cope better on a day to day basis.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy –
A combination of both of the above is the ideal treatment for tinnitus – counselling helps the sufferer cope while sound therapy helps retrain the brain. The amount of time the treatment takes varies from person to person.