While research has yet to discover a cure, Tinnitus can be treated. There are many ways for patients to cope with their condition.
Modern technology can help subdue Tinnitus. The main principle is acoustic stimulation. This means allowing your brain to hear and, therefore, focus on external sound rather than Tinnitus.
In most cases, wearing hearing instruments both improves hearing and alleviates Tinnitus. The reason being that if you can hear better, you can also ignore Tinnitus better.
Hearing instruments pick up ambient sound over a microphone and amplify it before passing it onto the ear. This enables wearers to better focus on the noises, sounds and tones around them. The rustle of leaves in the forest, friendly conversation, or beautiful music restore the emphasis on pleasant hearing impressions and narrow the scope for Tinnitus.
In many cases, users scarcely or don’t hear the Tinnitus at all as soon as the hearing instrument is switched on.
Some hearing instruments also feature a noiser function. What is the benefit of this combination? As hearing instruments can only amplify noises actually present around us, they are of little use as Tinnitus therapy tools in very quiet hearing environments. This is when the noiser function can be helpful.
In these situations, the noiser can generate a soft noise to distract the patient from the Tinnitus. In modern hearing instruments, like those from Siemens, various hearing programs can be selected at the touch of a button: purely hearing instrument function, purely noiser function, or a combination of the two. Noisers generally offer considerable relief from Tinnitus.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Your personal mindset and feelings play a decisive role in this method. Training focuses on targeted information, an analysis of the person’s behaviour, practical exercises and positive experiences.
Effective cognitive behavioural therapy aims to change the way a person perceives Tinnitus by teaching ways to focus attention away from it, and achieving control over stress.