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What Treatments are Available for Tinnitus?

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If you have tinnitus you might worry that there is no cure and you will have to live with the condition forever more – that isn't exactly true. There isn't a cure for tinnitus as yet but that doesn't mean you can't reduce the symptoms and, in some cases, nullify them completely. Below are some of the most popular approaches for dealing with the issue of tinnitus, read on for more information. 

Hearing aids 

Tinnitus is a condition that affects your hearing since it generates background noise that can be distracting and frustrating. Although a hearing aid is primarily designed to amplify sound it also works well to alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus. 

A hearing aid can apply external sounds using a microphone, an amplifier and a speaker, but it also has a setting to help mask the sound of tinnitus. When wearing a hearing aid your hearing will improve because of this resource. 

Sound mask devices 

If a hearing aid device is not something you want in your life there are other ways to solve the problem of tinnitus. One such method is a sound masking device which creates a pleasant or benign external noise to partially drown out the noise of tinnitus. 

These are external sound devices that emit various types of noise, this could be pink noise, white noise, nature noise, music, or ambient sounds. This sound is usually played at a level just louder than the sound of tinnitus to drown it out. 

Modified sound machines 

External sound mask devices work well for some people and internal ones can even be carried around, but what if your sound machine could be modified to target the specifics for your tinnitus condition – that is what a modified sound machine can do. 

These devices are modified to drown out a very specific frequency of sound, one that is just higher than the tinnitus you experience. Unlike other sound devices, these are worn intermittently and produce long-lasting effects. 

Behavioral therapy 

Not every tinnitus solution is an electronic device that can drown out the noise, using certain techniques and therapies you can separate yourself from the sound and reduce the level of suffering you experience as a result. You can do this through mindfulness or CBT therapy. 

Typically, people are bothered by their tinnitus condition because it creates a large amount of background noise that can be quite antagonistic. With CBT therapy you can train yourself to overcome the feeling of irritation and annoyance that comes with the condition and learn to live with it.