Tinnitus treatment options are constantly expanding as new research is conducted into this debilitating disorder. The experts at Asheville Audiology Services share their expanded tinnitus therapy options available in Asheville, NC.
Approximately fifty million US citizens between the ages of 60 and 75 are experiencing a hearing ailment identified as tinnitus. The primary symptom of tinnitus, which generally strikes significantly more men than women, is hearing sounds which nobody else is able to hear. Tinnitus is usually not considered a disease in itself but an indicator of something else happening in one or more of the four areas of the auditory system – the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and the brain. Although it is not a type of loss of hearing by itself, it is often related to other forms of either conductive or sensorineural hearing loss. But because tinnitus can cause individuals to hear the buzzing or ringing sound continuously, this can have the effect of lowering an individual's absolute threshold of hearing, making it harder to hear low-level sounds normally.
The audiologists at Asheville Audiology Services in Asheville, NC are regularly investigating new tinnitus therapies to make them available locally. Because many of these treatment options are rather new, long term tinnitus sufferers may not know that new therapies have been introduced. The ability to provide the most current tinnitus therapies locally in Asheville, NC is a point of pride for the audiologists at Asheville Audiology Services. In addition to maintaining a list of presently available tinnitus therapies on their website, the staff at Asheville Audiology Services often writes about new developments on the company blog. Details about the tinnitus therapies listed below are available on the Asheville Audiology Services website or by appointment.
Hearing aids. People with tinnitus typically also have some amount of hearing loss. The double benefit of hearing aids is that they cover the noises of the tinnitus while also boosting hearing ability. Tinnitus sufferers using hearing aids commonly report partial or complete alleviation of tinnitus symptoms.
Maskers. Covering up (or masking) the sounds of tinnitus can be achieved through an electronic tinnitus masker. Many patients experience good results with tinnitus maskers even though they don't improve hearing the way a hearing aid does.
Counseling and Relaxation. Relaxation methods are important for tinnitus patients because stress tends to make tinnitus seem worse. Counseling may be appropriate when tinnitus causes depression, anxiety or other psychiatric problems.
Medication. Many tinnitus patients experience anxiety or other strong emotional responses to their tinnitus. Certain drug treatments may provide relief from these emotional reactions and give some relief from the ringing in the ears.
About Dr. Cynthia B. Earle
Dr. Cynthia B. Earle has been a practicing audiologist in Asheville since 1981. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, earning her B.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 1977. She received her Master of Speech-Language Pathology and Master of Audiology from the University of South Carolina. In 2000 she earned her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. In addition to all standard audiological services, Dr. Earle is qualified to fit Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHA) and advise patients about Cochlear Implants.
Dr. Cynthia Earle is past president of the Audiological Resource Association and was awarded “Audiologist of the Year” in 1998. She was appointed by the governor of North Carolina to serve on the state licensing board for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. Cynthia is available to speak to your small group and Audiology associations. She currently lectures at State and National events and serves as a clinical site for hearing aid research.
About Asheville Audiology Services
Asheville Audiology Services (AAS) is an Audiology practice. Our aim is to heighten and preserve your hearing. We can help with various types of noise protection and real ear measurements of musical equipment. If you have existing hearing loss, we can help you with the latest hearing aid technology; including hearing aid screenings, preventive care advice and hearing aid accessories. Asheville Audiology is your local western North Carolina provider of hearing aids and accessories.
Dr. Cynthia Earle
Asheville Audiology Services
900 Hendersonville Rd. Suite 105
Asheville, NC 28803
Name: Dr. Cynthia Earle
Phone: (828) 348-1690
Organization: Asheville Audiology Services
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