Neuromonics Offers Tips for Tinnitus Sufferers

As treatment options improve, six suggestions help sufferers find support
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Developing tinnitus can be more than bothersome. Individuals' reactions to the tinnitus perception can include mild annoyance, anxiety, depression, insomnia and other serious medical issues.

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 essential to a tinnitus sufferer's quality of life, says Curtis Amann, vice president of marketing and sales for Neuromonics, Inc., which manufactures and distributes the FDA-cleared, patented and clinically proven medical device designed for long-term significant tinnitus relief. "Identifying support can make all the difference in the day-to-day life of someone with tinnitus," he says.

Amann offers six suggestions to help tinnitus sufferers find the support they need:

--Be good to yourself. Tinnitus has auditory, neurological and emotional elements that can affect many areas of life.

--Educate yourself. Tinnitus has several causes, and affects each person differently. The more a tinnitus sufferer understands, the greater the chances of making the tinnitus less bothersome.

--Educate others. Family members, friends, co-workers and associates can benefit from understanding tinnitus and its effects. They can be more supportive if they understand the conditions that are difficult for a tinnitus sufferer.

--Seek out support. A few individuals who understand the daily trials of tinnitus can be invaluable.

--Consider a group. A formal support group – in-person or online – can offer compassion, companionship and coping strategies. A group also can be helpful in sharing information and resources. Physicians, audiologists or other qualified health professionals often facilitate groups. The ATA's Support Network offer individual volunteers and tinnitus support groups throughout North America.

--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.

Today, there is great hope for tinnitus sufferers, with more and better effective treatments on the market, says Amann. Professional audiologists can help individuals determine whether or not they have tinnitus, and if so, advise on the best treatments. "Effective treatment, combined with good support, can give new life to tinnitus sufferers."