InfoMarch 27, 2014 · Health
Atlanta Hearing Associates Expands Tinnitus Treatment Options in Decatur GA
With rates of tinnitus on the rise, finding effective treatment options to manage the condition is essential. Atlanta Hearing Associates is now offering expanded tinnitus treatment options.Press Release VideoLoading the player...Details(prREACH)
About 50 million Americans between the ages of 60 and 75 are afflicted with a hearing disorder generally known as tinnitus. More common in men than women, the principal symptom of ringing ears is experiencing tones which no one else can hear. Tinnitus frequently suggests a condition manifesting within the four parts of the auditory system - the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and the brain - and therefore could be more of a symptom of other issues than just a disease alone. Tinnitus more frequently appears as a co-symptom connected with other forms of either conductive or sensorineural hearing loss, rather than being a kind of loss of hearing alone. Additionally, since tinnitus fills the ears with a persistent base level of ever-present noise, it reduces the absolute threshold of hearing and means it is challenging to listen for weak sounds "over" the constant buzzing or ringing.
The audiologists at Atlanta Hearing Associates in Decatur GA are regularly investigating new tinnitus treatments to make them available locally. Tinnitus research is a very active field with many experiments and trials launched each year. This means that long term tinnitus sufferers are frequently unaware of the current options available. Being able to provide the most current tinnitus treatments locally in Decatur GA is a point of pride for the audiologists at Atlanta Hearing Associates. Along with maintaining a list of currently available tinnitus treatments on their website, Atlanta Hearing Associates staff members often write about new developments on the company blog. More information about the tinnitus treatment options in the subsequent list is available on the Atlanta Hearing Associates website or by appointment.
Hearing aids. Most individuals with tinnitus have some amount of hearing impairment. Hearing aids provide a double benefit of boosting hearing and masking the tinnitus. Partial or complete relief from tinnitus symptoms is achievable with hearing aids.
Medication. Medications approach tinnitus on 2 different levels. They can address the powerful emotions and anxiety that are common among tinnitus sufferers and work on directly reducing the symptoms.
Maskers. A tinnitus masker is a small electronic device that generates noises of its own to cover up (or mask) the tinnitus. Many patients report good success with tinnitus maskers although they do not enhance hearing the way a hearing aid does.
Counseling and Relaxation. Stress makes ringing in the ears seem worse, so being able to relax is very helpful. Beyond mastering how to relax, working with a counselor for tinnitus-induced anxiety or depression can be quite helpful.
About Dr. Joy Pritchett Dr. Joy Pritchett is the CEO and President of Atlanta Hearing Associates. Dr. Pritchett has a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology and Master's Degree in Audiology from Auburn University. She later graduated with a doctoral degree from Central Michigan University with a concentration in the assessment and rehabilitation of balance disorders. Dr. Pritchett's areas of clinical interest are: 1) establishing evidence based guidelines for the fitting of hearing aids, 2) auditory processing tests that are predictive for children who become poor readers, and 3) rehabilitative measures to reverse these processes. Dr. Pritchett is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, American Speech and Language Association, Georgia Academy of Audiology, Academy of Doctoring Audiologists, and licensed by the State of Georgia.
About Atlanta Hearing Associates Atlanta Hearing Associates, the top provider for hearing loss services and hearing aids in Atlanta, has been serving Georgia residents for many years. The company prides itself on making sure its clients have the most up-to-date information and technology. Atlanta Hearing Associates has four convenient offices in the Atlanta area to serve its patients—one in Greensboro, one in Milledgeville, one in Decatur and one in Dunwoody. Their all-inclusive approach to helping their patients hear ensures that each patient gets the hearing aids and accessories for their individual lifestyle.
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