Tinnitus can dramatically affect not only your work life, but your ability to relax. Rocky Mountain Audiology offers two convenient locations in Edwards and Glenwood Springs, Colorado to help. Using our innovative and FDA-approved tinnitus treatments, Dr. Daria Stakiw and our team makes a positive difference in the lives of people affected negatively by tinnitus.
Dr. Daria Stakiw and the team at Rocky Mountain Audiology has consistently provided life-changing results for thousands of our patients.
Signia Notch Therapy
Notch Therapy is Signia’s proprietary sound therapy, which has been shown to be especially effective against tonal tinnitus, a very common type of tinnitus. Unlike other therapy approaches that work by providing an additional noise or audible sound to the patient, Signia Notch Therapy provides amplification with a notch filter set to correspond to the individual’s tinnitus frequency.
Oticon Tinnitus SoundSupport
Millions of people worldwide experience tinnitus, including many with hearing loss. The fact is, just wearing a hearing aid can help relieve tinnitus. The Oticon Tinnitus SoundSupportTM personalized solution offers a selection of tinnitus relief sounds to support common management approaches. The flexible programming provides sound stimulation through select auditory options that can ease the effects of tinnitus. The sounds provide a variety of customized options and are used in conjunction with tinnitus retraining therapy to provide instructional counseling.
Widex Tinnitus Treatment
The Widex Tinnitus therapy program is personalized for every patient and is a leader in tinnitus management. Each patient chooses from a variety of musical tones known as Zen styles. In the Widex Zen™ program, the music is based on fractal tone technology that ensures it’s predictable without being repetitive. Patients can further individualize tones by adjusting tempo or pitch. Widex Zen Therapy consists of four components that can be tailored to your client’s individually needs including counseling, amplification, sound stimulation (via ZEN) and stress reduction.
The perceived intensity of tinnitus can fluctuate depending on many factors, including the patient’s overall well-being. There are simple (and often free!) things patients can do that may alleviate some of the burden.
Tinnitus is a non-auditory internal sound. But patients can use real external noise to counteract their perception and reaction to tinnitus. Sound masking can cover the sound of tinnitus, while more advanced therapies may provide more robust relief.
Tinnitus can generate strong, negative emotions like anxiety, depression, and anger. Patients can learn to control their emotional reactions and thereby disassociate tinnitus from painful negative behavioral responses.
There are currently no FDA-approved drugs specifically for tinnitus. However, there are pharmacological options to address the stress, anxiety, and depression that are caused by (and can sometimes exacerbate) tinnitus.
In some cases, tinnitus is caused by physiological functions or disorders within the body. In these less-common situations, addressing the baseline physical cause may eliminate or drastically reduce tinnitus symptoms.
The search for new tinnitus treatments and potential cures in ongoing. Some cutting-edge therapies currently in development, but which have not yet been fully validated for effective clinical use, include Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), and Brain Surface Implants, Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS).
Many of those experiencing issues with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing aids provide a dual benefit. First, they enhance hearing and then they mask tinnitus, so you discern soft sounds in the environment you might currently be missing. Often people receive partial or complete relief with the use of hearing aids.
Can I Do Something For Myself?
Our audiologists encourage you to avoid doing anything that can make your tinnitus worse. For instance, you may want to avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, or listening to loud noises. Another precaution is noise protection. If you’re a construction worker, or are regularly exposed to loud noise, you should wear custom earplugs or special earmuffs. Ear protection goes a long way towards preventing your tinnitus from getting worse.
Contact Rocky Mountain Audiology For Help
Better hearing care means better health care. Schedule an Appointment today so we can evaluate your tinnitus.