Tinnitus Treatments in Cleveland OH Expanded at Physician Hearing Centers

With rates of tinnitus on the rise, finding effective treatment options to manage the condition is essential. The experts at Physician Hearing Centers share their expanded tinnitus therapy options available in Cleveland OH.

March 29, 2014 /MM-prReach/ —

Around 50 million Americans between 60 and 75 are experiencing a hearing ailment known as tinnitus. The principal sign of ringing in the ears, which affects a great deal more men than women, is hearing tones which no one else can hear. Tinnitus in many instances indicates a problem manifesting within the four components of the auditory system – the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and the brain – and therefore is more of a manifestation of other conditions than a disease alone. Although it is not a type of hearing loss per se, it can be connected to other forms of either conductive or sensorineural hearing loss. Yet since tinnitus causes visitors to hear the buzzing or ringing sound continuously, this tends to have the effect of reducing a person’s absolute threshold of hearing, making it much harder to hear low-level sounds normally.

Considering that tinnitus is such a prevalent problem in the U.S., the audiologists at Physician Hearing Centers are constantly researching new treatment procedures. Because many of these therapies are relatively new, people who’ve endured tinnitus for many years are often unaware that new therapies are available to them. Physician Hearing Centers prides itself on being able to offer the most up-to-date tinnitus treatments in Cleveland OH. Aside from maintaining a summary of currently available tinnitus therapies on their website, the Physician Hearing Centers team members often write about new developments on the company blog. Readers interested in additional information on the therapies listed here are encouraged to visit the website at http://physicianhearingcenters.com or contact Physician Hearing Centers for an appointment.

Hearing aids. Individuals with tinnitus typically also have some level of hearing loss. Hearing aids can provide the dual benefit of enhancing hearing ability while also covering the sounds of tinnitus. Tinnitus patients making use of hearing aids commonly report partial or complete alleviation of tinnitus symptoms.

Relaxation and Counseling. Learning how to relax is extremely helpful if the ringing in your ears frustrates you. Stress tends to make tinnitus seem even worse. Counseling may be appropriate when tinnitus causes anxiety, depression or other psychological problems.

Maskers. Hiding (or masking) the sounds of tinnitus may be achieved through an electronic tinnitus masker. Many patients report good results with tinnitus maskers although they do not improve hearing the way a hearing aid does.

Medication. Some tinnitus patients develop anxiety and other strong emotional reactions to their tinnitus. Certain drug treatments may offer relief from these emotional reactions and give some relief from the ringing in the ears.

About Dr. Bert Brown, MD
Otolaryngologist, Dr. Bert Brown MD has been a practicing ENT physician for over 25 years – devoting his career to helping people with hearing challenges. He is the owner of Physician Hearing Centers and inventor of the SER™ Fitting Room, a room which simulates the sounds of the real world allowing hearing aid patients to get a better preview of the performance of their hearing aids in various settings and get a better overall fit and individualized adjustment. Dr. Brown completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Northwestern University where he received the Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa awards. He earned his Medical Degree from the University of Cincinnati and completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh Eye Ear Hospital.

About Physician Hearing Centers
Physician Hearing Centers offers a unique experience in hearing healthcare because of the physician-driven, audiologist-directed structure of the practice. For patients, it means no more bouncing back and forth between your medical doctor (ENT/Otolaryngologist) and your audiologist. Physician Hearing Centers has both to provide more coordinated and comprehensive hearing care. They have been the leaders in hearing protection, diagnostic hearing loss testing and hearing aids in Cleveland and Macedonia OH for over 25 years. Physician Hearing Centers’ professionals are dedicated to keeping abreast of the latest improvements and technological advancements in the hearing industry and are committed to offering the most current options to patients. Physician Hearing Centers has two locations in the Mayfield Heights area of Cleveland and in Macedonia, Ohio.

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Cleveland, OH 44124
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Macedonia, OH 44056
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Range of cures likely for tinnitus

(Medical Xpress)—Tinnitus researchers agree that there may never be a single cure for tinnitus, but instead a range of treatments for different types of tinnitus will be needed.

Developments in bioengineering technology may lead to the development of tools needed to identify each type of .

This was the consensus when more than 200 researchers from 20 countries were in Auckland recently to discuss treatment of tinnitus or “ringing” in the head or ears.

The annual Tinnitus Research Initiative conference was in the Asia Pacific region for the first time and hosted by the University of Auckland at the Viaduct Events Centre.

Exciting new treatment methods from special hearing aids to to MDMA (the drug Ecstasy) were introduced and debated by those attending.

Tinnitus may affect as many as 20 per cent of the population at some time. Despite it being common and often disabling, researchers largely ignored it for many years, says Conference organiser, Dr Grant Searchfield, an audiologist from the University of Auckland.

“Recently there has been an upsurge in interest both in tinnitus research and from clinicians,” he says.

The Tinnitus Research Initiative (TRI), which was formed in 2006, recognizes the importance of innovation and collaboration to tinnitus research and a clear sense of purpose, to understand tinnitus and to find effective treatments.

“The TRI is unique in that it brings researchers and clinicians from many disciplines from all around the world together to focus on a single health problem,” says Dr Searchfield.

Discussions took place on the new findings in the neuro-imaging of tinnitus; understanding how the brain and ear work to create the sounds; new drug research; mindfulness meditation; and treatments using , sound, and brain stimulation.

Research is being undertaken to track down the parts of the brain responsible for this annoying and sometimes disabling affliction, he says.

“Much of the research presented showed that the auditory system does not behave in isolation. Instead regions of the brain involved in emotion, reaction and connections with regions of the brain and body not thought of being involved in hearing contribute to tinnitus,” says Dr Searchfield.

He says an example of the complexity of tinnitus is the work being undertaken by a multidisciplinary research team from the University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research.

Researchers from Audiology, Pharmacy, medicine, vision and sports and exercise science have worked together, from very different perspectives to cast new light on tinnitus. They have developed computer based training programs to change attention to tinnitus, and are examining how drugs might improve treatment effects.

Professor Susan Shore from the USA presented at the Conference, on work from her laboratory demonstrating the strong interconnection between the auditory and somatosensory (touch) systems that can contribute to tinnitus being changed with neck or jaw manipulation.

Other research demonstrated that attention systems in the brain might help tinnitus pop out from normal sounds. Dr Alain Londero from Paris described how Virtual Reality could change how people thought about tinnitus.

Dr Searchfield presented, for the first time, on work showing how people hear tinnitus coming from “inner-space” using 3-Dimensional sound mapping.

Researchers also heard from leading experts in bioengineering, neuroscience, psychology and pain research, on how developments in their fields might be applied to understanding tinnitus and generating new treatments.

The possibilities of the drug MDMA as a means to change how people think about the tinnitus was discussed by Dr Rick Doblin and Amy Emerson of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedalic Studies (MAPS).

MAPS has undertaken work using LSD and MDMA to assist therapy for Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder and have begun to test the same techniques in tinnitus sufferers.

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An illegal party drug could hold the answer tinnitus sufferers have long been waiting to hear.

This week, an international conference devotes three days of expert discussion to tinnitus research, a condition which causes a constant and long-term ringing within the ear drum.

Researchers from Auckland hope the conference could be the springboard to the first approved trials of tinnitus treatment using the drug MDMA, one component used to make the illegal street drug ecstasy. University of Auckland senior lecturer Grant Searchfield said there were enough reports from those with tinnitus who had taken ecstasy for him to be interested in what the effects could be. “There is no good research yet and that’s something that we are hoping to do very soon.”

Searchfield hoped trials, which would be the first of their kind, could begin by May. “Often people with tinnitus will say that ‘I do this’ or ‘I do that’ and it makes my tinnitus better or worse but because we have heard the same story from a number of people, we are beginning to see a pattern and we need to work out what that is.”

He said if medicinal MDMA was to be imported, it would have to be done under very strict controls. “Tinnitus for a very long time has been a bit of a mystery, it’s really only recently that we have begun to understand more about what causes it and what we can do to reduce it.”

Searchfield said about seven per cent of the total population suffered from the condition. The number doubled for those over 65.

University of Auckland post-doctoral fellow Daniel Spiegel said that on looking at what MDMA did to the brain and also looking at how tinnitus worked, it made sense that there could be a connection. “The initial idea came from some anecdotal evidence from a research clinic where some participants were quite frank and said that after taking ecstasy their tinnitus went away.”

He said tinnitus could be quite a “disabling condition”.

Howick resident Jon Merritt, 63, has had tinnitus for close to 30 years and said it was now part of his life.

“When you are in a quiet or a relaxing situation, it becomes very annoying. Mine is a very high pitched bell or buzzer. It’s got worse, it’s annoying . . . I find it difficult to concentrate and listen to more than one person in a group.”

Merritt said he would be open to any drug which could help his condition as long as it was sanctioned by his doctor.

Founder of the US-based Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies Rick Doblin will speak on the use of MDMA at the conference.

“In our study of veterans, some of them have tinnitus and report that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy had the unexpected benefit of reducing tinnitus to some extent. Perhaps people with tinnitus under the influence of MDMA can relate differently to their tinnitus so it recedes to some extent into the background.”

He said there had never been a study of MDMA and tinnitus but he hoped the conference would generate enough interest for that. “I believe that it can help. Why is a mystery.”

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Hearing Professionals at Hearing Aid Associates Expand Tinnitus Treatment … – Virtual

Tinnitus treatment options are constantly expanding as new research is conducted into this debilitating disorder. Hearing Aid Associates is now offering expanded tinnitus treatment options.

Lancaster, PA (PRWEB) March 18, 2014

Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) is a hearing ailment that impacts approximately fifty million US citizens between 60 and 75 years of age. More common in men than women, the principal characteristic of ringing ears is hearing tones which no one else can hear. Tinnitus often indicates a condition taking place within the four portions of the auditory system – the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and the brain – and consequently is more of a sign of other conditions than just a disease in itself. Tinnitus more frequently appears as a co-symptom related to other kinds of either conductive or sensorineural hearing loss, as opposed to being a kind of hearing loss by itself. In addition, because tinnitus fills the ears with a continuous base level of ever-present sound, it diminishes the absolute threshold of hearing and means it is challenging to listen to weak sounds “over” the constant buzzing or ringing.

The hearing health professionals at Hearing Aid Associates in Lancaster PA are constantly investigating new tinnitus treatment options to make them locally available. Tinnitus cure research is a very active field with many studies and research trials completed annually. This means that long-time tinnitus sufferers may not always be aware of the current options available. Hearing Aid Associates takes pride in offering the most up-to-date tinnitus treatments in Lancaster PA. To better disseminate tinnitus therapy information they’ve compiled a list of tinnitus treatments on their website and often blog about fresh developments in the field of tinnitus research. Readers interested in further details about the treatments listed below are encouraged to visit the website at http://hearingaidassociates.net or call for an appointment.

Hearing aids. People with tinnitus generally also have some amount of hearing loss. Hearing aids create a double benefit of improving hearing and covering up the tinnitus. Partial or complete respite from tinnitus symptoms is achievable with hearing aids.

Counseling and Relaxation. Learning how to relax is very helpful if the noise in your ears irritates you. Stress makes tinnitus seem worse. Counseling can be appropriate when tinnitus leads to depression, anxiety or other psychiatric problems.

Maskers. A tinnitus masker is a tiny electronic device that generates sounds of its own to cover up (or mask) the tinnitus. Tinnitus maskers are an excellent option for many people, providing relief from the tinnitus. However, they have been known to affect comprehension of speech.

Drug Therapies. Medications and drug therapies have two roles to play in tinnitus treatment. Some medications offer direct reduction in the tinnitus symptoms whilst others are meant to target the depression and powerful emotions affiliated with tinnitus.

About Hearing Aid Associates:

Hearing Aid Associates is one of the most reputed hearing healthcare service providers in Pennsylvania with nine locations. Hearing Aid Associates has provided hearing aids to the Southeastern Pennsylvania area and its surrounding communities for over 10 years. The company offers a full range of diagnostic and preventative hearing healthcare professional services, including hearing aid screening, evaluations, hearing aids sales and rehabilitative and preventative counseling. The staff is dedicated to keeping abreast of the latest improvements in technological advancements in the hearing industry and is committed to offering the most current options to our patients. There are currently 9 Hearing Aid Associates locations in Boyertown, Cleona, Kennett Square, Lemoyne, Palmyra, Phoenixville, Pottstown, Reading, Lancaster.


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Maico Audiological Services Audiologists Discuss Tinnitus Treatment Protocols …

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Newport News, VA (PRWEB) March 17, 2014

Ringing in the ears is a hearing condition that affects an estimated fifty million US citizens somewhere between 60 and 75 years old. More prevalent in men as compared to women, the principal manifestation of ringing ears is experiencing tones which no one else can hear. Tinnitus is usually not considered a disease in itself but an indicator of something else taking place in one or even more of the four parts of the auditory system – the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and the brain. Tinnitus more regularly appears as a co-symptom related to other types of either conductive or sensorineural hearing loss, rather than being a kind of hearing loss alone. In addition, since tinnitus fills the ears with a regular base level of ever-present noise, it lessens the absolute threshold of hearing and will make it increasingly difficult to listen to faint sounds “over” the continual buzzing or ringing.

The audiologists at Maico Audiological Services in Newport News, VA are constantly researching new tinnitus treatments to make them available locally. Due to the fact that many of these therapies are relatively new, individuals who’ve endured tinnitus for an extended time are often unaware that new treatments have been introduced. Maico Audiological Services takes pride in being able to offer the most current tinnitus therapies in Newport News, VA. Aside from maintaining a list of currently available tinnitus treatments on their website, Maico Audiological Services staff members frequently write about new breakthroughs on the company blog. More information about the tinnitus therapies in the following list is available on the Maico Audiological Services website or by scheduling an appointment.

Hearing aids. People with tinnitus typically also have some amount of hearing loss. Hearing aids can provide the double benefit of enhancing hearing ability while also covering the noises of tinnitus. Tinnitus patients making use of hearing aids commonly report complete or partial relief of tinnitus symptoms.

Maskers. Tinnitus maskers are tiny electronics that resemble hearing aids and are tuned to generate sound that cover up the tinnitus. Tinnitus maskers are an excellent option for many individuals, offering relief from the tinnitus. However, they have been known to interfere with comprehension of speech.

Relaxation and Counseling. Stress makes ringing in the ears feel even worse, so being able to relax is very helpful. Individuals with tinnitus might feel depression, anxiety and other psychological problems for which counseling is applicable.

Medicine or drug therapy. Medication-based therapies approach tinnitus on Two different levels. They can combat the strong emotions and depression that are prevalent among tinnitus sufferers and work on directly reducing the symptoms.

About Dr. Mavis Garrett

Dr. Mavis W. Garrett received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of Virginia in 1980 and 1982, respectively. In 2003, she earned her Doctorate in Audiology (AuD) from AT Still University in Arizona.

Dr. Mavis Garrett holds licenses in both Hearing Aid Dispensing and Audiology from the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a fellow with the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Garrett is a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A). Dr. Garrett eagerly seeks continuing education to remain current on the latest advances in hearing loss prevention, diagnostics and treatment.

About Maico Audiological Services

Maico Audiological Services is committed to improving the quality of life for all people with hearing loss. For more than 20 years Maico Audiological Services has provided professional audiology care to the residents of Newport News, Chesapeake and Smithfield VA. Maico Audiological Services is pleased to offer a full range of diagnostic and preventive hearing healthcare services including hearing aid screenings, hearing evaluations, rehabilitative counseling and preventative care. Maico Audiological Services prides itself on developing long-term relationships with patients and providing unparalleled personal service that begins the first time a patient walk through the doors and continues long after the initial appointment.


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Dr. Jeff Hersh: Tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease

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At long last, UT-Dallas to begin clinical studies meant to quiet the ringing …

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Three years ago, researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas strongly hinted that they’d found a way to quiet the roar known as tinnitus, that unceasing high-pitched whine many of us hear even in dead quiet. They didn’t find a cure, but something closer to long-term relief as their research, funded with a $ 1.7-million grant from the National Institutes of Health, suggested tinnitus was reversible with proper stimulation of the vagus nerve. It’s science.

Anyway. Back in January 2011, dozens of people emailed and asked how they could take part in the clinical trials. But at the time, everyone was out of luck … unless they lived in or were willing to fly to Belgium. Now you’re in luck: As the National Institute of Health announced at the end of last week, four U.S. sites have been chosen for clinical trials of the so-called Vagal Nerve stimulation device, with UT-Dallas among them. Makes sense, of course: The research was done here under the watchful eye of MicroTransponder, a local maker of medical devices.

It won’t get inside your body by magic, you know.

Our Heather Noel chatted with Mike Kilgard at the University of Texas at Dallas’ Callier Center for Communication Disorders last week; he’s got high hopes for the study.

So here’s how you take part.

Go to this website. It’s UT-Dallas’ virtual sign-up, which begins innocently enough with some introductory remarks, a video, a diagram and some info about how the six weeks’ worth of therapy will go down. Page 2 gets a little more detailed. And it’s on Page 3 where you find this heads-up:

The surgery is expected to take about 90 minutes and involves two (2) incisions, one on the left side of your neck (about 6 cm) and one in your upper left chest (about 3 cm) just below the collarbone (clavicle). After you receive anesthesia and are asleep, the surgeon will locate the vagus nerve in your left neck and then will wrap the spiral electrode portion of the vagus nerve stimulation lead around the vagus nerve. The connector side of the lead is tunneled under the skin and the connectors are attached to the stimulator. After testing the stimulator is placed in the chest pocket and your incisions are closed with stitches. Usually you will stay overnight after the surgery and then released, but this may vary depending on the surgeon, hospital policy, and your own response to surgery. After surgery you will recover for approximately one week or as directed by your doctor. Once you have recovered, you will start your study treatment.

And there’s more. A lot more. But it’s got to be better than this sound that never goes away. Right, Pete?

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