By Hoglund Family Hearing and Audiology Services –
As Tinnitus Treatments improve, Hoglund Family Hearing and Audiology Center provides tips to find the right support for those who suffer with the often debilitating condition of “Ringing Ears”.
Tinnitus is often described as buzzing, ringing, hissing, humming, roaring, or whistling that someone hears in the absence of any external sound. More than 50 million people in the United States alone suffer from the condition, according to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA).
As with many health conditions, finding appropriate support can be critical to the quality of a tinnitus sufferer’s quality of life, says John Hoglund BC-HIS,ACA of Hoglund Family Hearing and Audiology Center which is an authorized Clinic for Neuromonics, which manufactures and distributes the only FDA-cleared, patented and clinically proven medical device designed for long-term significant Tinnitus Relief Identifying appropriate sources of support, informally or formally, can make all the difference in the day-to-day life of someone with tinnitus,” John says. Developing tinnitus can be more than bothersome. Individuals’ reactions to the tinnitus perception can range from mild annoyance to anxiety, depression, insomnia and other medical issues. People often report feelings of hopelessness and despair, because they feel helpless and alone. “Finally, we can offer a message of HOPE for the Tinnitus Patient”, John says.
He offers five suggestions to help tinnitus sufferers find the support they need:
1. Be good to yourself. Tinnitus has auditory, neurological and emotional elements that can affect many areas of life. Stress can actually “fuel” Tinnitus, which then can increase stress, creating a vicious escalation of the condition.
2. Educate yourself. Tinnitus has several causes, and affects each person differently. Today, more effective and reliable treatments are available. The more a tinnitus sufferer understands the condition, and keeps current with the field, the greater the chances of dealing with the condition and making it less bothersome. We offer an excellent resource book called “The Consumer’s Guide to Tinnitus Relief”, which is available at each of our clinics.
3. Educate others. Family members, friends, co-workers and associates all can benefit from understanding tinnitus and its effects. Most people will be supportive if they understand the particular conditions that may be difficult for a tinnitus sufferer. We offer a comprehensive Tinnitus Seminar at local Perkins Restaurants throughout the region, please visit www.hoglundfamilyhearing.com/education-seminars for more details about these extremely popular educational seminars!
4. Consider a support group. A more formal support group – whether in-person or online – can truly understand an individual’s struggles with tinnitus, offer compassion, companionship and copying strategies. A support group also can be helpful in sharing information and resources. In many cases, Physicians, Audiologists or other qualified health professionals will facilitate groups. The ATA’s Support Network has Tinnitus Support Groups throughout North America, as well as individual volunteers. “You are not alone”, John states, “There are again approximately 50 million Tinnitus Sufferers in the United States!” “We applaud and support the outstanding work of the ATA Network”
5. Obtain counseling. For some individuals, a licensed therapist or counselor can help with techniques to make tinnitus symptoms less bothersome, and with effects of tinnitus such as anxiety and depression. To learn more about available treatment options, you may schedule a confidential FREE TINNITUS CONSULTATION with our Director of Audiology Aaron Bilovecky M.A.,CCC-A by calling either our Collier County or Lee County Audiology Centers. Call 992-4327 to arrange this complementary consultation session.
“Today, there is great hope for tinnitus sufferers, with more and better effective treatments on the market than ever before”, says Bilovecky. “Our Complimentary Tinnitus Consultation can help at-risk individuals determining whether or not they have tinnitus, and if so, what level, and what treatments are best suited for them. Effective treatment, combined with good support, can give new life to tinnitus sufferers.”
Patricia Hoglund BC-HIS, ACA remarked, “We are seeing incredible results with the Neuromonics treatment program.” “People who have been told repeatedly that there is nothing that can be done for them have received LIFE CHANGING results after working with Aaron!”
Based in Bethlehem, Pa., Neuromonics, Inc., manufactures and distributes the FDA-cleared, patented and clinically proven medical device designed for long-term significant relief of tinnitus. With research and development beginning in the early 1990s, the Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment has helped thousands of tinnitus sufferers improve their quality of life and overcome the daily life challenges associated with tinnitus. The treatment has been featured on national news media including THE DOCTORS and CNN.
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