Frequently asked Questions
What does retraining therapy mean?
The goal is to retrain the subconscious part of the brain to ignore the sound of your tinnitus and to reach the stage in which you are not aware of and/or annoyed by your tinnitus.
Are there any side effects of the treatment?
There are no side effects of Tinnitus Management
What kind of audiological tests are performed? Will it hurt my ears? What if I don’t have tinnitus when I am tested?
The tests include an extensive hearing test and several specific tinnitus tests which will allow for the evaluation / determination as to whether you have either tinnitus, a somatosound, hyperacusis, or any combination of these and to what degree. Testing begins with low levels of sound, which gradually become louder, therefore, none of the tests will be painful. If the tinnitus is not present on the day of testing, it will NOT influence the possibility of success with the treatment.
I recently had audiological testing done. Does the testing have to be repeated?
If it has been performed by an audiologist within the past 3 months then it does not. We ask that you please remember to bring the past audiological tests results so that we do not have to repeat any testing.
Is the counseling a form of psychotherapy or biofeedback?
The counseling will provide you with information about the causes and factors involved in your tinnitus/hyperacusis. It will also explain to you how tinnitus/hyperacusis management works, guide you through your treatment, and to teach you how to control your tinnitus/hyperacusis. The counseling sessions are a fundamental part of the treatment process.
Can I just buy the devices?
The devices are used to help speed up the process of retraining, but what is important, is how they are used. The manner, in which the devices are used, depends on each patient’s individual needs. If you just buy and wear the devices, you most probably will not achieve improvement, and in some cases you may make your tinnitus worse. We will teach you how to use the devices effectively.
Do I need to use the devices?
Not everyone needs to use devices. After the medical and audiological evaluation we will give you recommendations and you may choose to follow or not to follow those recommendations for your treatment at that time.
I am using hearing aids; how can I use other devices?
Depending on the type of hearing aids, it is possible that we can work with your current hearing aids. In some cases it is possible to utilize both hearing aids as well as other kinds of sound therapy at the same time, so we can incorporate your current devices into your treatment plan.
My mother is deaf and she has tinnitus. Can she benefit from Tinnitus Management?
This therapy uses sound as a part of the protocol. So, if your mother is completely deaf and does not have a cochlear implant, she would not be able to benefit from this therapy. However, the use of electrical stimulation of the ear (through a cochlear implant or external stimulation) combined with a tinnitus management program may help. If she can hear sound, even if she cannot recognize speech, we can try to help her.
I am taking some medication. Will I be able to continue?
Yes, you may continue your medications. We will examine all of your medications, as some medications may contribute to the tinnitus. If a medication you are taking seems to be linked to your tinnitus, then we will work with your prescribing physician to try to come up with an appropriate management plan.
How long does the treatment take?
The treatment may last anywhere between 6 months – 24 months. Every case is different.
Will I be cured?
89% of people who undergo tinnitus management will no longer be bothered or annoyed by their tinnitus. For some patients that means that they do not hear any tinnitus signal whatsoever. For other patients they may be aware of their tinnitus, but it is so minute that they are not aware of their tinnitus most of the time. However, if they truly focus and concentrate on hearing their tinnitus, they will hear it. This is why Tinnitus Management is referred to as a treatment and not a cure.
What is the guarantee that I will get better?
There is no guarantee, but approximately over 89% of patients enrolled in Tinnitus Management have reported significant improvement.