Are Your Ears Ringing?
TINNITUS—How Do We Say It?
(TIN-i-tus or tin-NIGHT-us)
Both are considered the correct pronunciation. People on the West Coast tend to say tin-NIGHT-us and on the East Coast they say TIN-i-tus. Here in the Midwest we say it either way just like tomato [to-may-to/to-mah-to].
How Is Tinnitus Treated?
At the Tinnitus Treatment Center we review your medical history, medications, noise exposure history, hearing test results, dietary and sleep habits as well as physical and emotional state at the onset of the tinnitus to help determine what may have caused the tinnitus. We also work with your primary physician and specialists to rule out medical conditions that cause tinnitus.
The Tinnitus Treatment Center uses a holistic and progressive approach to treating tinnitus, developing an individualized treatment plan for each patient based on the results of a thorough evaluation. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is the base theory for our methods but, as mentioned before, we use a holistic approach based on your individual needs that include the following types of treatments:
- Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
- Sound Therapy-Neuromonics, Sound Options
- Combination Hearing Instruments
- Lifestyle Coaching: Nutrition/Sleep Hygiene/Healthy Habits/ Supplements
- Mind-Body Techniques for addressing and coping with tinnitus
- Mindfulness Techniques
Tinnitus Relief Technique – Soft Belly Breathing
Dr. Sara K. Downs, Director of the Tinnitus Treatment Center
Meet Dr. Sara K. Downs, an audiologist who has been working with tinnitus patients for over 16 years.
In addition to audiology, Dr. Downs is Certified in Mind-Body Medicine and has additional training in nutrition, sleep hygiene, and coaching approaches, each of which can have an impact on successful tinnitus management. This holistic method of tinnitus treatment has its base in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy. Each treatment plan is tailored to the individual based on their medical history, noise exposure history, hearing test results, current diet, sleep, and exercise habits, and which areas of life are being affected by the tinnitus most.
“Many people come in anxious and distraught, feeling like “Tinnitus has them” and they can’t escape that sound in their heads. Our goal is to help patients get to a place where they have tinnitus but only if they listen for it — where they are in control of whether or not they hear the tinnitus.
We use the body’s natural abilities to habituate in a process that is comforting and supportive, achieving phenomenal outcomes. At the close of the treatment plan, most patients report that they are no longer bothered by tinnitus; many no longer hear it at all.”
— Dr. Sara Downs.
There is hope. Get relief from tinnitus!