Tinnitus Treatment

We are part of the Tinnitus Retraining Therapy Association, the TRTA (www.tinnitus-pjj.com) which states that "Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is a common problem, affecting about 17% of the general population around the world (44 million people in the USA). It causes significant suffering in about 4% of the general population (10 million in the USA). Typically patients are told "to learn to live with it." The development of a neurophysiological model of tinnitus (Jastreboff, P.J. Phantom auditory perception (tinnitus): mechanisms of generation and perception. Neurosci.Res.:221-254, 1990) and based on it a new clinical approach have created a totally new treatment for tinnitus that results in significant improvement for more that 80% of the patients treated at our center (Jastreboff, P.J., Gray, W.C., Gold, S.L. Neurophysiological approach to tinnitus patients. Am.J.Otology, 17:236-240, 1996). This method, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), uses a combination of low level, broad-band noise with counselling, to achieve the habituation of tinnitus, i.e., the patient is no longer aware of their tinnitus, except when they focus their attention on it, and even then tinnitus is not annoying or bothersome. Tinnitus is accompanied by hyperacusis in about 40% of the cases. Hyperacusis is a decreased tolerance of sound and can be a serious problem. Some patients experience hyperacusis without tinnitus. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy can restore totally or partially the normal level of sensitivity to sound."

This graph shows the amount of tinnitus intensity decrease we have achieved with our patients in 2017. With normal patient-to-patient variability, we have seen 2 to 14 dB decreases in tinnitus with an average of 7 dB reduction which is significant.

a picture of a graph showing up to 14 dB of tinnitus decrease reported by patients who had TRT therapy at Ossicle in 2017

We provide Tinnitus Care with a variety of options.

1. Consultation

Our testing begins with a relaxing consultation that is free. We will listen. Really listen. And really hear you. We will offer preliminary information and resources to help you understand your condition, consider your options and then you can decide if and when to start with the testing.

2. The Test

We run unique set of subjective and objective tests. Let’s get all the information we need before we consider treatment.

3. Treatment

Our treatment is retraining-based habituation therapy you can read more about in this section of the website. We offer other inter-professional team-based treatments based on your particular condition and need.

4. Follow up

We will stay in touch and make sure that you’re ok long-term. We don’t just want to run our patients through the mill. We care.

Here are some resources to learn more about our Tinnitus Treatment.

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