Is there a cure for tinnitus

Is there a cure for tinnitus?

Since tinnitus is really a symptom of another condition, be it sensorineural hearing loss or circulatory disorder, it can only improve if the underlying problem is treated successfully. However, for millions of sufferers, the condition causing the tinnitus cannot be identified or is not curable itself. In these cases treating the symptom directly or learning to live with the irritating sound may be the only tinnitus remedy.

Some tinnitus treatment options include the following:

  • Reduce dosages of medications known to cause tinnitus (or eliminate them entirely, if possible)
  • Have excessive earwax removed by a hearing care professional
  • Sleep with a white noise generator in the room to counter the ringing or buzzing in your ears
  • Take medications to alleviate stress and anxiety brought on by tinnitus

Many tinnitus patients benefit from wearing hearing aids.

Tinnitus therapy hearing aids divert attention away from the disturbing tinnitus sounds. They make it easier to listen to external sounds instead of permanently concentrating on annoying internal sounds. The sound emitted by the hearing aids draws focus away from the tinnitus.

Hyperacusis relief.

Hyperacusis is when certain environmental sounds are perceived as painfully loud. Thanks to their flexible programming, some Siemens hearing aids can be used for hyperacusis treatment and provide comfort to the wearer.

The tinnitus feature in Siemens BestSound Technology has many advanced features.

The improved tinnitus therapy that comes with Siemens BestSound® Technology includes:

  • Separate therapy signal generator
  • 4 pre-programmed therapy signals: white noise, pink noise, speech noise, and high-tone noise
  • Individual fine tuning of tinnitus therapy signal in all channels
  • Three operating modes: microphone only signal, tinnitus therapy signal only, mixed mode

Siemens hearing aids with the tinnitus therapy feature can be used as hearing aids alone or in combination with a tinnitus therapy signal. Using Ace™Pure®Carat™Aquaris™Siemens Life™, Insio™Nitro® or Orion™ for tinnitus therapy, you can choose from four different therapy signals. Your hearing care professional can fine-tune the therapy signal so that can be precisely set to suit you. It diverts attention from the annoying effects of tinnitus and makes it easier to focus on external sounds—reducing strain and helping provide a more peaceful state of mind.

https://us.hearing.siemens.com/hearing-loss-and-tinnitus/tinnitus-information/treatment/

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A Little Note from Mel-
Because hearing loss is insidious and doesn’t usually occur rapidly, the impaired patient is usually the last to know that he has a problem. This unawareness frequently leads to relationship problems within families. We can solve these relationship issues by fitting the victim of hearing loss with quality amplification utilizing our unique “try before you buy” program Call one of our convenient offices for a complimentary, no pressure consultation and fitting


Mel

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Welcome to Royal Palm Hearing Aid Center

Let us help improve the way you hear the world.

Hear and enjoy the world around you better with the help of Royal Palm Hearing Aid Centers. Our staff has the experience, knowledge and products you need for a healthier, happier and more fulfilling life.

We work with all types of patients suffering from diminished or altered hearing due to:

Royal Palm Hearing Aid Center Offers Special Assistive Devices for the Hearing Impaired.
Age
Injury
Trauma
Infection
Disease
And other causes.
We are happy to help when you need a consultation, fitting, replacement or repair for your hearing instruments.

Royal Palm Hearing Aid Center Offers Special Assistive Devices for the Hearing Impaired.
Choose Royal Palm Hearing Aid Centers because

We use the most advanced and effective, state-of-the-art hearing instruments and aids.
Our staff is familiar with the newest hearing aid technology.
We offer the best care and aids for your hearing needs.
Royal Palm Hearing Aid Centers has built a reputation for providing the best service and care. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us today!Hearing Instrument Evaluation and Fitting

Our services include the following:

Consultants in Audiology to Medicine, Education, Industry and Recreation
Hearing Testing
Hearing Instrumentation Consultation
Hearing Instrument Evaluation and Fitting
Digital Technology Fittings
We offer an experienced and caring staff.

We have been helping the hearing impaired since 1963
We began practicing in the Boca Raton area opening two well-equipped offices in East and West Boca in 1984.
We have over 100 years of combined experience in the hearing health care field.

1990s Throwback Commercial #2 Royal Palm Hearing Center


Welcome to Royal Palm Hearing Aid Center

Let us help improve the way you hear the world.

Hear and enjoy the world around you better with the help of Royal Palm Hearing Aid Centers. Our staff has the experience, knowledge and products you need for a healthier, happier and more fulfilling life.

We work with all types of patients suffering from diminished or altered hearing due to:

Royal Palm Hearing Aid Center Offers Special Assistive Devices for the Hearing Impaired.
Age
Injury
Trauma
Infection
Disease
And other causes.
We are happy to help when you need a consultation, fitting, replacement or repair for your hearing instruments.

Royal Palm Hearing Aid Center Offers Special Assistive Devices for the Hearing Impaired.
Choose Royal Palm Hearing Aid Centers because

We use the most advanced and effective, state-of-the-art hearing instruments and aids.
Our staff is familiar with the newest hearing aid technology.
We offer the best care and aids for your hearing needs.
Royal Palm Hearing Aid Centers has built a reputation for providing the best service and care. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us today!Hearing Instrument Evaluation and Fitting

Our services include the following:

Consultants in Audiology to Medicine, Education, Industry and Recreation
Hearing Testing
Hearing Instrumentation Consultation
Hearing Instrument Evaluation and Fitting
Digital Technology Fittings
We offer an experienced and caring staff.

We have been helping the hearing impaired since 1963
We began practicing in the Boca Raton area opening two well-equipped offices in East and West Boca in 1984.
We have over 100 years of combined experience in the hearing health care field.

Royal Palm Hearing Aid Centers are conveniently located in East Boca Raton 561-393-8955 | West Boca Raton 561-368-7600 Email us at rphac@aol.com

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Hearing Loop Samples

Samples of Hearing Loop Before and after.

 

 

 

(before) - OUT OF THE LOOP     

 

 

 

(after) - IN THE LOOP     

 

 

 

Please follow the link below to view to samples published by  The Hearing Journal.

 http://journals.lww.com/thehearingjournal/Pages/podcastepisodes.aspx?podcastid=1

Samples of Hearing Loop Before and after.

In the Loop

Creator: The Hearing Journal
Duration: 0:33
The Hearing Journal  Recording made by Juliette Sterkens, AuD, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oshkosh demonstrating sound via a loop listener with a T-coil. Listen to “Out of the loop” to compare with recording via a laptop microphone.

Download (1.3 MB)     

Out of the Loop

Creator: The Hearing Journal
Duration: 0:30
The Hearing Journal  Recording made by Juliette Sterkens, AuD, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oshkosh demonstrating sound via a laptop microphone. Listen to “In the loop” for a comparative version recorded via a loop listener with a T-coil.

Download (1.18 MB)     

Cognition noise and hearing aid signal processing

Cognition noise and hearing aid signal processing

The first studies that systematically investigated individual cognitive differences and the benefit of compression speed were those of Gatehouse, Naylor and Elberling (2003, 2006). Later studies have corroborated the early findings (Lunner & Sundewall-Thorén, 2007; Rudner et al., 2011).

 

Testing individual benefit of compression release settings in background noise

Early studies indicated that cognitive factors correlate with aided speech measures, depending on the speed and complexity of the signal-processing, and the nature of the speech and background signals used to test performance (Gatehouse, Naylor and Elberling 2003, 2006; Humes 2003, 2007; Lunner 2003).

 

This study aimed to replicate the patterns of candidature in the domain of cognitive capacity found by Gatehouse et al. (2006).  Working memory performance was assessed in the same way as in Gatehouse et al. (2006). Speech recognition in noise was assessed by the Dantale 2 speech corpus. Test conditions were fast- and slow-acting compression, in either unmodulated or modulated backgrounds. Tests were performed after 9 weeks of acclimatisation to the compression setting.

 

Results

Consistent with Gatehouse et al. (2006), this study indicated that subjects showing a low score in a cognitive (working memory) test performed better in the speech recognition test with slow time constants than with fast time constants. They also performed better in unmodulated noise than in modulated noise. Meanwhile, subjects with high scores in the cognitive test showed the opposite pattern.

 

 

Furthermore, cognitive test scores were significantly correlated with the differential advantage of fast-acting versus slow-acting compression in conditions of modulated noise. The pure tone average threshold explained 30% of the variance in aided speech recognition in noise under relatively simple listening conditions, while cognitive test scores explained about 40% of the variance under more complex, fluctuating listening conditions, where the pure-tone average explained less than 5% of the variance. This suggests that speech recognition under steady-state noise conditions may underestimate the role of cognition in real-life listening.

Epilogue

Two more studies with a similar test design were published after the aforementioned initial studies: Cox & Xu (2010), with a somewhat shorter test time (4 weeks) for each compression setting, and Rudner et al. (2011), with a longer test time (9 weeks). Cox and Xu (2010) showed a different pattern of results, while Rudner et al. (2011) corroborated the earlier findings.

 

Thus the pattern of results seems to be the following: The effect of cognition on speech understanding in modulated noise with fast-acting compression may only pertain after a period of four to nine weeks of familiarisation. Prior to this, persons with lower cognitive capacity may benefit more from slow-acting compression.

 

The finding that persons with high working memory capacity performed better in modulated noise with fast-acting compression agrees with findings of previous studies involving a familiarisation period of at least nine weeks.

 

 

Further reading

Cox RM, Xu J (2010). Short and long compression release times: speech understanding, real
world preferences, and association with cognitive ability. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 21, p. 121-138.

 

Humes LE (2003). Modeling and predicting hearing aid outcome. Trends in Amplification,7, p. 41-75.

 

Humes LE. (2007). The contributions of audibility and cognitive factors to the benefit
provided by amplified speech to older adults. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology 18(7), p. 590-603.

 

Lunner T (2003). Cognitive Function in Relation to Hearing Aid Use. International journal of audiology. Supplement, 42(1), 1S49-1S58.

 

Gatehouse S, Naylor G, Elberling C (2003). Benefits from hearing-aids in relation to the interaction between the user and the environment. International journal of audiology. Supplement 1, 42(1), 1S77-1S85.

 

Gatehouse S, Naylor G, Elberling C (2006). Linear and nonlinear hearing-aid fittings -1. Patterns of benefit. International journal of audiology, 46(3), p.130-152.

 

Gatehouse S, Naylor G, Elberling C (2006). Linear and nonlinear hearing aid fittings -2. Patterns of candidature. International journal of audiology, 46(3), p.153-171.

 

Lunner T, Thorén ES (2007). Interactions between Cognition, Compression, and Listening Conditions: Effects on Speech-in-Noise Performance in a Two-Channel Hearing Aid. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 18(7), p. 604-617.

Testimonial from Happy Customer

Mel,
I want to thank you for testing my hearing and selecting the proper hearing aids for me. Words cannot express my satisfaction with the entire process. With these new Siemens hearing aids which you and Elisa suggested for me, I am hearing well and better than I have for at least five years.

I appreciate the professionalism of all of The Royal Palm Hearing Aid Center staff. You made the entire hearing evaluation, selection and fitting of the hearing aids a pleasure.

I send my best to you, Elisa, and Sondra. Thanks for everything.

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