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What Is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the perception of sounds or noise within the ears with no external sound source. It affects about 250 million Americans. Many people describe this as ringing, humming, or buzzing noises that they constantly hear or it can periodically come and go.
What Can Cause Tinnitus?
Tinnitus can be triggered by a variety of causes. It is most commonly linked to exposure to loud noises. Loud sounds and for extended amounts of time can damage the sensory cells of the inner ear. Tinnitus can also be associated with ear infections, aging, stress, excessive ear wax, high blood pressure, and sensory nerve disorders. Activities such as smoking, drinking alcohol or caffeine, and taking excessive amounts of aspirin or antibiotics can exacerbate tinnitus even more. Learn more about different ways people experience tinnitus.
How Can I Manage My Tinnitus?
If you are experiencing tinnitus, your first step should be to undergo a professional evaluation from your doctor and/or hearing professional. Often times counseling from an experienced hearing health care professional who is trained in managing tinnitus can greatly improve your chances of managing tinnitus and your overall quality of life. In many cases the best approach to managing tinnitus is counseling and sound stimulation.
How does sound stimulation help? Many people that have tinnitus also have hearing loss. Amplified sounds from wearing a hearing aid such as environmental sounds around you, music, conversations, or other sounds you hear every day can minimize the buzzing or ringing in the ear. With this being said, the first step is to get a hearing evaluation. Discover more tinnitus relief tips.
First and foremost we always make it clear that there is no cure for tinnitus. As much as we would like to help we find that applying a tinnitus treatment to an individual that does not have hearing loss is marginally successful. If a person has hearing loss, then we find the rate of success increases. With that being said we love working with Widex hearing instruments because of their Zen Therapy Process.
Widex Zen Therapy was first introduced by Widex in 2012. Since its initial introduction, the method has been widely accepted as a comprehensive and professional way of managing tinnitus. Widex Zen Therapy (WZT) provides systematic guidelines for tinnitus management by hearing care professionals, often using Widex hearing aids equipped with Zen technology.
Widex Zen Therapy Process
Step 1: Intake Process
Step 2: Establishing A Treatment Plan
Step 3: Utilizing The Components of Zen Therapy
Step 4: Assessing Progress
Step 5: Follow Up Care
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