There are a number of treatment options when dealing with tinnitus. Often it can be remedied with hearing aids or masking devices when hearing loss is the cause. When hearing aids are not able to help or when the patient has normal hearing, the next option available is Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).
Tinnitus Treatment Centre
Bow River Hearing has a dedicated Tinnitus Treatment Centre where many of our clinicians are trained TRT therapists and practiced in treating those who experience tinnitus.
TRT is a form of habituation therapy designed to help people suffering from tinnitus. Through the use of counseling and sound therapy, the therapist aims to remove the negative associations associated with the tinnitus and to weaken tinnitus related neuronal activity.
While TRT may never completely eliminate the sound of tinnitus, tinnitus research and many studies have shown that TRT is an effective treatment that significantly reduces the discomfort and problem. TRT can significantly improve the quality of life for those suffering from tinnitus symptoms.
Get Prepared For Your TRT Appointment
A typical TRT appointment is 90 minutes long. In order to run your appointment efficiently, please fill out the these mandatory forms before your visit.
- Please download a form and save it to your desktop.
- Before you fill out a form, please rename the file name with the following format:
- “Last Name, First Name – CaseHistory”, or
- “Last Name, First Name – THI”
- When you complete filling out all the fields, please hit “Save” again to save all your data.
- To submit the forms:
- either hit “Submit” to open your local email application and send out the completed form as an attachment,
- or just simply attach your completed form to your email and send it to “[email protected]“
Case History Form
Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) Form
Learn More About Tinnitus
Tinnitus is the perception of noise when no actual external noise is present. Often described as a ringing in the ears, tinnitus is a common problem that affects the well-being of about 1 in 5 people. Tinnitus isn’t a condition itself — it’s a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury, prolonged exposure to loud noises, high blood pressure, stress or a circulatory system disorder.
Although bothersome, tinnitus usually isn’t a sign of something serious. Although it can worsen with age, for many people, chronic tinnitus can improve with treatment. Treating an identified underlying cause sometimes helps. Other treatments reduce or mask the noise in the inner ear, making tinnitus less noticeable.
Hearing loss is the cause of 90% of all cases of Tinnitus. So our audiologists and hearing specialists will often tell anyone suffering from tinnitus to start first with a hearing test. An assessment of the auditory system will determine if hearing loss is present. If hearing loss is present we will recommend the patient to address the hearing loss first, which typically involves the use of hearing aids. There are other causes of tinnitus and if your case isn’t due to hearing loss we can still work with you to identify what is causing it.
Learn More About Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)
The treating of tinnitus begins with education. There is a lot to understand when it comes to tinnitus and the possible approaches to Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). Watch this mini educational series and learn more about the tinnitus and TRT.