New Tinnitus Treatments Offer Hope, Help

September 18th, 2013 by Tami Ike, Au.D.


Steve MartinAre you among the famous?

What do David Letterman, Pete Townshend, Charles Darwin, Ludwig Van Beethoven, and Steve Martin have in common? Other than being notable individuals in history or entertainment, all of these people have lived with chronic tinnitus. And they are not alone. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that more than 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. Of these, 12 million have tinnitus that is severe enough to seek medical attention. Furthermore, approximately 2 million persons have tinnitus that is so debilitating they cannot function in their daily lives.

Thorough evaluation is important

Tinnitus is defined as the perception of sound when no external sound is present. It is often referred to as ringing in the ears, although some people hear hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping, or clicking. It can be intermittent or constant, with single or changing frequencies.  Because there are so many causes of tinnitus, it is important to be thoroughly evaluated to determine what exactly is causing the ringing. Many times people are told that tinnitus is normal with aging, or that they just have to live with it, both of which are false statements.

Help is available

Tinnitus is a complex problem and the experience is different for each patient.  Your hearing care provider should take the time to listen and gather valuable information, use comprehensive diagnostic testing to evaluate, and then by combining the latest technologies, therapies and methods, develop an individualized treatment and/or management plan. Treatments clinically proven to be effective for 90% of suitable tinnitus cases include those which use specialized sound therapy to aid in the desensitization of tinnitus. Others can be used when hearing loss is present to match the pitch and loudness of their tinnitus aiding in relief while delivering amplification for hearing loss. Life is too short to suffer from tinnitus. No one should “learn to live with it.”

Tami Ike, Au.D.

About Tami Ike, Au.D.

Dr. Ike established The Hearing Clinic in 1989 after working with the previous owner of Piedmont Hearing Aid Center for three years. She is an alumnus of the University of Florida and Radford University. In 1990 she expanded The Hearing Clinic to Asheboro. That office is now prominently located at 328 North Fayetteville Street, across from Randolph Hospital. As the practice continued to grow, the High Point office relocated to a larger facility at 801 Lindsay Street, and an additional 1,200 square feet was added in 1996 to provide more room for a larger sound booth, a break room, storage room, and additional offices for audiology and administrative functions