At Hearing Consultants of Colorado Springs, our experienced audiologists are skilled at evaluating and treating tinnitus using Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), a well-researched method developed by tinnitus expert Dr. Pawel Jastreboff. This habituation therapy is based upon the Neurophysiological Model of Tinnitus, which was initially proposed by Dr. Jastreboff in 1990. Decades later, this model remains unchallenged as the most effective method for tinnitus treatment. If you or someone you know suffers from tinnitus, we urge you to contact our clinic today to schedule an evaluation.
Tinnitus is a phantom auditory perception. Some of the more commonly reported sounds are ringing, humming, buzzing, hissing, and cricket/bug-like noises. It can be constant or intermittent and can be heard in one ear, both ears, or in the head.
The Most Common Causes
Impact of Tinnitus
Treatment of Tinnitus
In addition to treating tinnitus, our audiology professionals apply principles of TRT to desensitize the auditory system of patients with decreased sound tolerance (DST). We also use TRT to treat both hyperacusis and misophonia, which are categorized as DST. Hyperacusis and misophonia can occur along with tinnitus or independently. Although both involve a decreased tolerance of sounds, misophonia is distinct from hyperacusis. While misophonia involves an adverse reaction to particular sounds, hyperacusis involves a negative reaction to sounds due to particular characteristics. Someone who experiences hyperacusis may be sensitive to sounds of a particular volume, type, or intensity. An assessment will be made at your initial interview so that we can properly treat any sound-related issues that you might have.
DST treatment involves administering controlled and customized sound enrichment throughout the day and night. As your reactions to certain sounds decrease, you will gradually feel more comfortable and eventually neutral toward sounds that were previously distressing.
We treat individuals of all ages with DST. There are no side effects to the treatment, and all of our patients are closely monitored.
If you suffer from tinnitus, hyperacusis, and/or misophonia, the experienced audiologists at Hearing Consultants of Colorado Springs can help you identify the best options for your treatment. To schedule an appointment with us, call (719) 633-1494 or contact us online.