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    Mild to severe anxiety
    Insomnia
    Triggered fight or flight

  Depression
  Negative thinking
  Crying spells

  Hopelessness
  Suicidal thoughts
  Ringing in the ears

    Do you feel your family and friends don’t understand?
    Are you growing more isolated?
    Do you feel like life will never be the same?
    Are you refraining from activities that you enjoy?
    Are you fearful of losing your job?
    Do you find that your thoughts tend to be negative?

If you answered yes to 3 or more of these questions or symptoms, then we can help.
You may be a candidate for Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy, or TCRT.  Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R, with over 20 years of clinical experience, a New York University graduate, developed Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy and founded Tinnitus Cognitive Center in response to the growing number of Tinnitus sufferers coming to his private practice. He discovered that by helping people to retrain and reinterpret the thoughts around their Tinnitus, anxiety and depression symptoms began to improve. But even more important so did the Tinnitus.

Call us at (646) 213-2321 for a FREE consultation.


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Is Tinnitus a Symptom of Hearing Loss?

causes-of-tinnitus-noise-levels-01A question often asked is whether tinnitus a symptom of hearing loss?  While most commonly linked to hearing loss, tinnitus is not always directly related to hearing loss. Whether or not the condition results in hearing loss, it is currently incurable.  Clinics such as the tinnitus Cognitive Center can help you deal with the side effects.

What causes Tinnitus?

The exact cause is never found for most people with the condition. The audial canal contains many delicate nerves and fibers that are easily damaged. Once the hairs in your inner ear are bent, they can transmit unwanted electrical signals to the brain which results in the whooshing, musical noise, or ringing often associated with tinnitus.

For the majority of those afflicted, excessive noise causes the condition. Due to this, up to 90 percent of people experience hearing loss in large part due to damage to the sound-sensitive cells and inner ear.

Other causes of tinnitus include respiratory, chronic health problems, head or neck injuries, benign tumors, and infections. In this case, it is recommended to contact a doctor.

Tinnitus is also linked to earwax blockage, bone changes, and age. Furthermore, certain medications also cause phantom noises. Hearing loss is not correlated with all of these issues.

Is Tinnitus a symptom of hearing loss?

what-causes-tinnitus-symptoms-reasons-info-02Those experiencing hearing loss do indeed suffer from tinnitus. The absence of audiological input is a direct cause of the condition.

Studies have found that as many as 15.8% of people experiencing tinnitus had hearing loss across all frequencies and 83 percent lost a degree of hearing in higher frequencies.

Still, with a large number of causes, tinnitus is not necessarily a symptom of hearing loss. Even if it is not a symptom, damage to the ear can lead to hearing loss as well.

Can I prevent Tinnitus and hearing loss?

Tinnitus is preventable. Regular exercise and being careful of the level of noise in your environment mitigate the risk of both hearing loss and tinnitus. Long term exposure to noise can easily cause both issues.

Certain professions such as machinists and lumberjacks should always wear ear protection.

While many people can help prevent tinnitus others may be unavoidable to avoid the condition. Certain medications and biological factors may play a role.

How can I manage my related hearing loss and Tinnitus?

hearing-loss-related-to-tinnitus-questions-info-nyc-top-specialist-03There are a variety of ways to control your tinnitus symptoms. Despite being uncurable, it is possible to learn to cope with the side effects. These side effects are potentially devastating and range from anxiety to depression and suicidal thoughts.

Hearing aid manufacturers are starting to develop technologies that help combat hearing loss. Oticon and Signia are just two of the brands working on devices capable of training the nerve in the ear and block certain frequencies.

The most effective therapies are based on an individual’s needs and deal with thoughts and reactions to the symptoms associated with tinnitus.

Many people may ask whether tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss. The Tinnitus Cognitive Center can help answer these questions and provides a unique therapy designed to train your brain to cope with negative thoughts in a way that reduces anxiety and depression. Contact us today for more information.

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References

A connection between tinnitus and hearing loss. (1999). Retrieved from https://www.hear-it.org/Close-relationship-between-Tinnitus-and-Hearing-loss

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Tinnitus can interfere with hearing but doesn’t cause hearing loss. (2015, May 9). Retrieved from https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-q-and-a-severe-tinnitus-can-interfere-with-hearing-but-doesnt-cause-hearing-loss/

Tinnitus. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156

 

What is Audio Therapy for Tinnitus

sound-therpy-for-tinnitus-relief-nyc-specialist-01Audio therapy for tinnitus uses real noise to treat your perception and reaction to Tinnitus. Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R uses sound therapy in his Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy to help patient’s deal with the pain, frustration, and anxiety of Tinnitus at the Tinnitus Cognitive Center.

What is audio therapy for Tinnitus?

Audio therapy is a form of cognitive retraining therapy seeking to eliminate the symptoms of Tinnitus through sound. Our therapists utilize proven methodologies to help you cope with your condition.

There are different approaches to sound therapy in the treatment of Tinnitus. Masking exposes a patient to a sound volume similar to their symptoms. Distraction seeks to replace the sound of tinnitus with something from the environment, and habituation trains the brain to classify a sound as unimportant.

Why can’t I perform audio therapy on myself?

audio-therapy-for-tinnitus-info-nyc-expert-03While it is possible to purchase white noise and other machines, medical grade equipment far outpaces their commercial equivalents. Notched-music and computer modified sound emphasizing specific tones are only available on high-quality devices. These types of machines alleviate the burden of Tinnitus even after they are used and are only available in clinics such as ours.

Aside from the cost of a medical device which most insurance plans do not cover, our trained staff knows how to find and target the frequencies which cause your flare-ups. Our founder has over 20 years in the industry. An experienced consultant should be used in conjunction with psychotherapies such as cognitive retraining therapy.

The American Tinnitus Association recommends using audio therapy in conjunction with education and support from a trained professional.

What is cognitive retraining therapy?

therapeutic-sound-treatment-tinnitus-ringing-ears-02Cognitive retraining therapy targets the core beliefs, thoughts, and automatic reactions to stimuli, replacing negative thoughts with more positive outcomes. Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining therapy uses this methodology to help you deal with your Tinnitus symptoms.

Tinnitus is incurable. Therefore, it is necessary to focus on mitigation. By targeting certain beliefs and thoughts, the desired response can replace adverse reactions.

Researchers find this method to be particularly useful. The Korean Journal of Audiology and our patients find that symptoms are more controllable over time. This leads to lower levels of anxiety and deals with everything from clinical depression and suicidal thoughts to the fear of job loss.

If left unchecked, these beliefs and thoughts have a significant impact on your life. Tinnitus sufferers reported actual job loss and even a fear of sound.

Is audio therapy for Tinnitus painful?

Audio therapy for tinnitus deals directly with sounds in the range of your tinnitus. This treatment is not soothing ASMR but effective, becoming easier over time. Your initial reaction, as indicated on the Tinnitus Handicap Index, will likely present itself during a therapy session.

Patients with acute sound sensitivity may encounter some discomfort when using amplifying devices.

When should I use audio therapy?

Audio therapy is useful when symptoms present themselves. Solutions can involve portable and bedside machines, coupled with appropriate counseling.

What other forms of therapy exist?

Other cognitive therapies exist seeking to combat the effects of tinnitus. These exercises all aim to retrain the brain to better handle flare-ups.

Aside from cognitive therapy, drugs provide some relief. However, they can have harmful side-effects including addiction. Audio therapy is a standout in treating tinnitus.

To find out more about sound therapy for tinnitus, contact the Tinnitus Cognitive Center and schedule an appointment today.

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References

Sound Therapies. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.ata.org/managing-your-tinnitus/treatment-options/sound-therapies

Tinnitus. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156

Ringing in the Ears?

ringing-in-the-ears-information-01Ringing in the ears can border on painful. Victims of tinnitus experience a wide range of symptoms capable of jeopardizing hearing, employment, and even relationships. The tinnitus Cognitive Center can identify tinnitus and developed a therapy to help you control the effects of the condition.

What are the symptoms of Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is an audial condition which presents itself as a ringing, whooshing, high-pitched noise, or even a song. The noise occurs when the brain attempts to make sense of sound within certain frequency ranges. The intensity of this condition can become extremely discomforting and painful.

The perceived sound related to tinnitus ranges from quiet background noise to one that blocks out everything. For most people, this problem does not merely disappear. Symptoms often present themselves when environmental background noise reaches a particular frequency.

Tinnitus may be an intermittent or continuous condition. It may be slightly or significantly uncomfortable.

A common misdiagnosis of tinnitus occurs in patients with Radio Frequency hearing (RF Hearing). RF Hearing is a condition that causes individuals to hear high-pitched transmission frequencies.  Under special circumstances, people can hear frequencies ranging from 2.4 megahertz to 10 gigahertz.

Is Tinnitus a serious problem?

can-having-tinnitus-affect-my-health-symptoms-02While tinnitus symptoms are present in a significant percentage of the population, the condition is subjective and difficult to measure objectively. The Tinnitus Handicap Inventory is used to measure the seriousness of the issue. This subjective test measures the issue based on an impact scale assessing the effect of the issue on a person’s quality of life.

Sufferers of tinnitus can experience panic attacks, increased depression, exhaustion, and a host of other issues. The brain perceives the ringing in the ears as dangerous which results in the production of adrenaline and a fight or flight response.

The fight or flight response creates a negative feedback loop which results in increased stress levels which, in turn, worsens symptoms. If left untreated, the effects will continue to grow worse.

When tinnitus symptoms becomes too great, quality of life may be impaired. Speaking with others, remaining well rested, and maintaining a daily routine are all affected by the symptoms. 42 percent of people suffering from the condition report adverse work affects.  Victims have even reported suicidal thoughts.

What causes Tinnitus?

how-stop-tinnitus-symptoms-cognitive-therapy-katz-nyc-03The origins of tinnitus range from sensorineural hearing loss or congenital hearing loss to traumatic brain injuries and taking certain medications. The most common source of the condition is noise-induced hearing loss. This form of hearing loss is common in most industrialized countries.

There are a wide number of triggers which cause the noise. This includes common wiring and sound signal transmissions.

How do I stop the ringing in my ears?

Stress relief, the removal of irritants, being open about the condition, or cognitive training helps reduce the symptoms. However, tinnitus does not entirely disappear for most people.  Instead, efforts to control tinnitus focus on management of the symptoms rather than finding a complete cure.

When the roaring, whooshing, and ringing in the ears becomes too much to bear, the Tinnitus Cognitive Center can help. The center developed a unique therapy, cognitive retraining therapy, which retrains the brain to allow you to continue to live a normal and healthy life. Contact Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R for more information. 

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References

A connection between tinnitus and hearing loss. (1999). Retrieved from https://www.hear-it.org/Close-relationship-between-Tinnitus-and-Hearing-loss

Tinnitus. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156

Sound Therapies. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.ata.org/managing-your-tinnitus/treatment-options/sound-therapies

Treatment Options. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.ata.org/managing-your-tinnitus/treatment-options

The History of Identifying and Treating Tinnitus

The history of identifying and treating tinnitus goes as far back as ancient Rome and Greece. While some methods of the ancients were effective, more modern science led to treatments such as Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy developed at the Tinnitus Cognitive Center by Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R.

Did the Romans and Greeks know about Tinnitus?

history-of-tinnitus-romans-nyc-specialist-01Knowledge of Tinnitus treatments reaches as far as the Roman Empire and Greece. Ancient philosopher Celsus analyzed the condition and developed a practical solution revolving around lifestyle, diet, and pharmacology.

The treatments recommended by classical societies were not far from currently available therapies. In fact, the most effective therapies today revolve around behavior and are magnified by leading a healthy life.

When was the Tinnitus Handicap Index Created?

In 1996, researchers developed the Tinnitus Handicap Index based on a multitude of behavioral factors analyzing the quality of a patient’s life. This benchmark became a standard in diagnosing and understanding how people are afflicted by the associated phantom noises, pain, and frustration.

Before this, therapists utilized custom or relatively unstudied criteria. The index became the standard diagnostic test.

Have any breakthroughs been made in Tinnitus Research?

tinnitus-research-info-2019-02The 2000s saw a significant period of growth in the treatment of tinnitus. With the problem reasonably understood, therapists began formulating ways to help others cope with their condition.

Research led to the development of cognitive retraining therapies. This form of psychotherapy treats negative thoughts and reactions as stemming from a set of core beliefs. By targeting these beliefs and their resulting intermediate thoughts, therapists found they could help others control the pain, frustration, and anxiety related to tinnitus.

Journals and studies back up cognitive retraining therapy. The Korean Journal of Audiology and Brain and Behavior in both peer review and experimentation found significant improvement in symptoms.

When was Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy developed?

In the 2000s Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R utilized 20 years of clinical experience to create an advanced form of cognitive retraining therapy.

Katz and his peers view the issues related to negative thoughts. His approach utilizes exercises and treatments to help patients deal with their tinnitus symptoms. Clients continue to report favorable results.

Has a cure ever been found for Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is incurable. Damage to the audial nerve and cilia are irreversible.

tinnitus-medical-illustration-ear-inner-ear-03Instead of focusing on a cure, researchers focus on mitigation. These efforts have varying degrees of success. Medicines such as Alprazolam, hearing aids, a variety of cognitive therapies, and even some alternative medicines claim to cure or alleviate symptoms of the condition.

Medicines, hearing aids, and cognitive treatments are the most helpful forms of treatment. Drugs prove effective but have side effects such as nausea, dizziness, and even addiction. Hearing aids work on the frequencies related to tinnitus and can strengthen the audial nerve to better handle symptoms, but most are effective only when worn.

No alternative medicine has proven to work. Studies have not found the use of dietary supplements, chiropractic, acupuncture, or any other form of holistic treatment effective.

Cognitive retraining remains the most promising form of mitigation. Still, researchers continue to work on the problem and are making headway towards understanding the mysteries of the inner ear.

By following the history of identifying and treating tinnitus we can find effective solutions that can help you control your tinnitus. Contact us today if you would like to find out how mitigation efforts can help you deal with side-affects ranging from sleeplessness to depression.

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References

Maltby, Maryanne. Ancient voices on tinnitus: the pathology and treatment of tinnitus in Celsus and the Hippocratic Corpus compared and contrasted. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.tinnitusjournal.com/articles/ancient-voices-on-tinnitus-the-pathology-and-treatment-of-tinnitus-in-celsus-and-the-hippocratic-corpus-compared-and-contrasted.pd.pdf.

Jin, Hyung Jin and Park, Moo Kyun. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Tinnitus: Evidence and Efficacy. (2013, 13 December). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3936550/

Riedle, David et al. The influence of tinnitus acceptance on the quality of life and psychological distress in patients with chronic tinnitus. (2015, 17 October). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4900501/

What is Cognitive Retraining Therapy

tinnitus-cognitive-retraining-therapy-01Tinnitus is uncurable but cognitive retraining therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy can help. Stephen Geller Katz has 20 years of clinical experience, creating the Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy and the Tinnitus Cognitive Center to combat the growing number of people suffering from this condition.

How does Tinnitus impact emotional health?

Fifty percent of Tinnitus sufferers experience emotional health problems. These issues are as small as frustration and as large as clinical depression. The condition may even lead to phobias related to sound.

The wide variety of problems greatly impact the quality of life. Negative thoughts lead to a vicious cycle which deepens if left unchecked and furthers the symptoms, in turn worsening thoughts.

What is cognitive retraining therapy?

Once damaged, the cilia and nerve in the ear are irreparable. However, this type of therapy works by training the brain to reinterpret objective and subjective feedback that causes symptoms to flare. Over time, you can learn to cope with these issues with this compensatory treatment.

By targeting core beliefs and the intermediate thoughts leading to dangerous reactions, cognitive training therapy allows you to deal with flare-ups. In targeting the intermediate thoughts and core beliefs surrounding Tinnitus, this therapy treats responses to the symptoms.

What are the goals of Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy?

cognitive-retraining-therapy-for-tinnitus-symptoms-nyc-expert-03The long-term effects of allowing a cognitive disorder to deepen are devastating. For people suffering from Tinnitus, this includes a cycle related to depression, anxiety, and the quality of life. Studies linked heightened levels of job anxiety to the condition.

Altering the constant negative thoughts related to this condition reduces related levels of anxiety and depression. The parts of the brain linked to the fight or flight and fear are trained to better cope with Tinnitus symptoms. A series of exercises and strategies aim to allow people to think around the phantom noises and activity related to Tinnitus.

In dealing with the thoughts, beliefs, and reactions to Tinnitus, symptoms may improve. Education, cognitive therapy, relaxation training, and exposure targeting the cycle which worsens flare-ups helps decrease related issues.

Are cognitive retraining therapies proven?

Cognitive treatments are effective in dealing with Tinnitus. The past sixteen years have seen a growing awareness of Tinnitus. The brain activity of sufferers provides the basis for the most promising discoveries. MRI research found that the areas interpreting sound and causing fearful emotions were highly active in people who complain of having the condition’s symptoms.

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Cognitive therapy is based on a platform where a situation, the phantom noise related to Tinnitus, is evaluated as a danger and leads to behavioral, emotional, and psychological consequences. Core beliefs such as a fear of losing your job lead to intermediate thoughts and automatic reactions. Studies in the Korean Journal of Audiology and by a wide variety of researchers found that targeting the intermediate thoughts and core beliefs helped alleviate symptoms.

Our clients report making significant gains in dealing with their symptoms. Still, since each person’s case is unique, it is important not to assume that improvements in training exercises lead directly to an increase in quality of life. Aftercare is crucial to this therapy as licensed professionals attempt to transfer your new skills to everyday life settings.

 The Tinnitus Cognitive Center deploys a revolutionary cognitive therapy for Tinnitus suffers. Schedule a meeting to find out just what is cognitive retraining therapy.

Call Steven Geller Katz LCSW at (646) 213-2321 today.

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References

Heid, Markham. How is Tinnitus Going to Affect My Life? Possible Complications to Be Aware Of.(2018, July 10). Retrieved from https://www.everydayhealth.com/tinnitus/how-tinnitus-going-affect-my-life-possible-complications-aware/

Jun, Hyung and Park, Moo Kyun. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Tinnitus: Evidence and Efficacy. (2013, 17 December). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3936550/

Reidel, David et al. The influence of tinnitus acceptance on the quality of life and psychological distress in patients with chronic tinnitus. (2015, October 17). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4900501/

Tinnitus. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156

 

Types of Tinnitus

categories-of-tinnitus-information-specialist-02There are multiple different types of tinnitus. The Tinnitus Cognitive Center can help you discern a course of action for whichever form of tinnitus you are suffering.

Are there different types of tinnitus?

Tinnitus comes in different forms. Some of these types are related to how the body affects your symptoms.

Pulsatile tinnitus is related to the circulation of blood through the body. Checking your pulse against the noise you are experiencing can verify this form of the condition.

Somatic tinnitus occurs when the sensory system influences or increases your symptoms. The root cause of this type is neck muscle spasms. It can be alleviated through correct posture and lifestyle changes such as sleeping in a better position.

Tinnitus may be mistaken for other Menieres disease as well. Dizziness and vertigo are related to Menieres but is not tinnitus.

This form is linked to phantom noises and even a painful ringing sound.

What categories of tinnitus exist?

types-of-tinnitus-01Two categories exist. These are subjective and objective.

Subjective tinnitus is most common and occurs in one or both ears.  In this form, others do not hear your phantom noises.

Objective tinnitus is rare and is closely related to pulsatile tinnitus. It occurs when people other than yourself can hear the perceived noise. Proper diet and exercise help mitigate objective tinnitus.

What causes tinnitus?

A variety of environmental, congenital, medical or other factors cause tinnitus. Head and neck injuries, medicine, inner ear damage, and loud noises are known to produce the condition.

Environmental factors are the most significant cause of tinnitus. Individuals working with machinery or in concert settings should always wear ear protection. Hearing loss is often associated with these settings as well.

The condition produces effects which worsen if left unchecked. Anxiety often results from the flight or fight response related to the associated phantom noises of subjective tinnitus. This reaction heightens stress, leads to issues such as lack of sleep and clinical depression, and in turn worsens symptoms.

Can I prevent tinnitus?

Mitigation is achievable through proper diet, exercise, and a reduction in stress levels. Removing loud noises from your environment can help as well.

Lifestyle changes are particularly useful for pulsatile tinnitus. High blood pressure, injury, and heart disease are causes of this condition.

In some cases, tinnitus is inevitable. Medicines, hearing loss, and congenital diseases are often unavoidable.

How are the different types of Tinnitus treated?

causes-of-tinnitus-specialist-nyc-03Tinnitus is uncurable. However, the symptoms are mitigable.

Treatments range from prescription drugs to cognitive retraining therapy. They work for most types of tinnitus.

Cognitive retraining therapy such as the Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy offered at our office work well. These therapies replace negative thoughts and reactions with a more positive response. Audio and behavioral therapy aims to make you more comfortable in dealing with your symptoms.

Unlike drugs, cognitive treatments do not have side effects. Dizziness, nausea, and addiction can occur when taking medicine. However, recent advances in understanding the ear may allow scientists to develop better drugs.

Alternative medicines are not proven to work. There is no correlation between the management of symptoms and treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, and dietary supplements.

The Tinnitus Cognitive Center offers a groundbreaking treatment for the condition. Contact Steven Geller Katz LCSW today to schedule an appointment.

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References

Keate, Barry. Somatic Tinnitus. 2018. Retrieved from https://www.tinnitusformula.com/library/somatic-tinnitus/

Tinnitus. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156

Types of tinnitus. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.resound.com/en-us/hearing-loss/tinnitus/types.

What’s to know about pulsatile tinnitus? Barrell, Amanda. (2017, 22 September). Retrieved from https://www.ata.org/managing-your-tinnitus/treatment-options/sound-therapies 

Ginkgo for Tinnitus and why it doesn’t always work

does-ginko-for-tinnitus-work-faq-info-nyc-specialist-01Is taking ginko for tinnitus effective? Ginkgo is a deciduous Chinese tree related to the conifers, with fan-shaped leaves and yellow flowers. It has several primitive features and is like some Jurassic fossils. This tree is very controversial when it comes to tinnitus. Some people claim that ginkgo has cured them of tinnitus completely and others say that it doesn’t work at all. Well, I’m here to tell you that there is no definitive answer as to if ginkgo truly heals patients. Everyone reports something different but all in all the results are pointing more towards a placebo effect.

About Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a complicated ailment that not only involves the ears but the brain. The nerves in your ear could be damaged or a nerve in your brain could be damaged. Some patients may even have an underlying disease that needs to be treated and Ginkgo can not treat it. Gingko is nice to use if it helps you to feel better but know that you will not be completely cured. Your best bet would be to contact a professional about this issue.

Placebo Effects

ginko-biloba-and-tinnitus-symptom-relief-nyc-therapist-skype-02Beware of placebo effects. We have an article written on this, it warns you to beware of scams and what to look for to find out if it is a scam. Anything offering you a 100% cure for tinnitus is a scam right off the bat. Do not give your money to someone that is promising you a 100% cure for an ailment that is not completely understood by science. Go into this with a cautious mind.

Some patients have reported a difference in their tinnitus after using ginkgo and that is always wonderful to hear. This is not everyone’s reality, and nothing is promised. Science is doing its best to uncover the causes of this ailment and to help people to live their best life without having to struggle with tinnitus, but until then we all must persevere. There are very many ways to live a fulfilling life with tinnitus.

CBT

tinnitus-natural-remedies-info-therapy-new-york-expert-03We have an article about CBT and how CBT can greatly improve your outlook and quality of life. Managing stress and uncomfortable feelings is the goal. Life throws us many hurdles and it is up to us to take control of how we react to said hurdles. You can do anything with determination and a clear and open mind. Know that science is progressing every day and you can have peace of mind.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to treat your tinnitus. We can help you on your way to improving your life and mindset. Our goal is to help you get to a place of comfort. Tinnitus is not the most pleasant feeling, but we can most certainly help you to make the best of every day.

Coping with Tinnitus

coping-with-tinnitus-info-treatment-specialist-nyc-01To live a fulfilling life, coping with tinnitus is necessary. Tinnitus can be very distressing if one does not know how to cope with it. There are a few things that studies have proven help patients cope with tinnitus from CBT to Masking devices.

CBT is very helpful because it helps to retrain the way you think about life and how you cope with situations. It was originally made for people struggling with depression and other mental disorders but has proven to be helpful for tinnitus patients. To learn more about CBT please read our article about CBT and how it can improve your tinnitus.  We also have written an article named ‘’Treatment options for Tinnitus’’ to help you understand that there are treatment options and how to go about them.

Noise suppression

tinnitus-prognosis-treatment-faqs-therapy-02In some cases, white noise may help suppress the sound so that it’s less bothersome. Your doctor may suggest using an electronic device to suppress the noise. Devices include:

  • White noise machines. These machines make sounds that mask the ringing in your ears. From ocean waves to static noises are available for you to use. I have heard many people tell me that it helps them to sleep at night. It has been proven that ocean waves are very relaxing and can help patients to wind down and sleep all through the night.
  • Hearing aids. These can be especially helpful if you have hearing problems as well as tinnitus. But please note that hearing aids do not always help with tinnitus.
  • Masking devices. Worn in the ear and like hearing aids. They are a mixture of heating aids and white noise machines. It makes sounds like ocean waves and the like in your ear that drowns out the ringing.
  • Tinnitus retraining. A wearable device delivers individually programmed tonal music to mask the specific frequencies of the tinnitus you experience. After a while, you may not even be able to hear the ringing anymore. Counseling is often a component of tinnitus retraining.

Medications

There are no medications that can cure tinnitus now, but in some cases, they may help reduce the severity of symptoms. Possible medications are:

  • Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline and nortriptyline, have been used with some success. Keep in mind these are typically only used for severe tinnitus, as they can cause troublesome side effects, including dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation and heart problems.
  • Alprazolam (Niravam, Xanax) may help reduce tinnitus symptoms, but side effects can include drowsiness and nausea. It can also become habit-forming.

Contact us for a professional to speak to so that you can know what medication may be proper for you.

Lifestyle and home remedies

coping-living-with-tinnitus-information-03Often, tinnitus can’t be treated. Some people, however, get used to it and notice it less than they did at first. For many people, certain adjustments make the symptoms less annoying. These tips may help:

Avoid possible irritants. Reduce your exposure to things that may make your tinnitus worse. Common examples include loud noises, caffeine, and nicotine.

Cover up the noise. In a quiet setting, a fan, soft music or low-volume radio static may help mask the noise from tinnitus.

Manage stress. Stress can make tinnitus worse. One can benefit from acquiring a calming self-care routine. Focus on calming yourself and do things that you know will calm your mind. The more stress you feel the louder tinnitus tends to get so make sure to take time to breathe and calm your mind.

Reduce your alcohol consumption. Alcohol increases the force of your blood by dilating your blood vessels, causing greater blood flow, especially in the inner ear area. And those with pulsatile tinnitus will find this to be very distressing. Please dial back on alcohol consumption.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to treat your tinnitus. We can help you on your way to improving your life and mindset.

Tinnitus in Children

Tinnitus in Children

nyc-top-specialist-for-children-with-tinnitus-03Tinnitus in children can be a very daunting subject for parents. A few studies have examined the occurrence of tinnitus in children. Among children with hearing difficulties, tinnitus affects as many as 24 to 29 percent. Tinnitus may be caused by ear infections, noise exposure, and head injuries. It can be very distressing to know that your child is dealing with this ailment but nevertheless there are many things that can be done to soothe your child and to help them live fulfilling lives regardless of the tinnitus.

Children tend to develop tinnitus through ear infections and fevers. It can be very distressing for them but reassure them that they will be alright and possibly get them a noise machine when it is time to sleep. Your child will be receptive to it and will have no issues sleeping. The sound machine helps to block out all the ringing that is causing your child so much distress.

Stim Toys

Stim toys and other soothing and colorful things will help your child to calm down whenever the noises become too much for them to bear, be patient and understand that tinnitus is overwhelming even for adults, so it can really rattle a child.

Ear Plugs

Children have very sensitive ears, so it would be best to get them earplugs to keep with them. If they ever become exposed to loud noises they can put them in their ears to protect them from further damage. Often children believe the noise in their ears to be normal and have trouble describing the problem. However, identifying the problem and treating it as early as possible is important.

Symptoms and Complaints by Children with Tinnitus

children-with-tinnitus-symptoms-relief-treatment-02Children rarely complain or even talk about it when they hear the bothersome tinnitus noises. Some children who are born with tinnitus or stricken at an early age often believe that other children hear the same noises in their ears. They learn to live with it as best they can. If you suspect that they may have tinnitus it would benefit you to take them to a doctor.

Like adults, children with tinnitus rarely can be totally cured, but a variety of treatments can help most of them to cope in the best ways possible. Children tend to be easier to work with because they are open-minded and more receptive to treatment than adults. They tend to heal and improve faster than adults as well.

Coping with Tinnitus in Children

Make sure to reassure your child that they are not the only one with this condition and it is not fatal. Tell them that other children suffer from tinnitus as well and their experience is not an isolated incidence. Make sure to explain to the child everything you can about tinnitus and validate them and their experience. Validating your child is essential for their self-esteem and understanding of the world around them. Assure them that this ailment is not their fault and that others suffer from it as well.

For help with these symptoms contact us today to schedule an appointment to treat your tinnitus. We can help you on your way to improving your life and mindset.

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Tinnitus

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

best-Dialectical-Behavior-Therapy-nyc-01Many have heard of CBT but not as many people have heard of DBT. We have written an article about how CBT can benefit those dealing with tinnitus, but let’s discuss how DBT could benefit you as well. DBT is very similar to CBT but it instead focuses heavily on distress intolerance. It helps you to focus on feeling the emotions and not trying to actively change it, we call it radical acceptance.

DBT assumes that many of the problems exhibited by clients are caused by lack of skills. Skills involve things like distress tolerance and radical acceptance. If you lack those skills you may be distressed more often and may be filled with anxiety more often.

The failure to use effective behavior when it is needed is often a result of not knowing skillful behavior or when to use it. When a patient focuses merely on how distressing the ringing in their ears are and not on how they can fix the situation they may have a very low distress tolerance. DBT focuses on increasing this tolerance so that you can mindfully take deep breaths and assess the situation without freaking out.

best-dialectical-behavior-therapy-dbt-new-york-02Mindfulness is the name of the game for DBT. The main goal is to help you to pay attention to your body and be present in the moment. Think of all the things that you are grateful for and think of ways that your life is fulfilling to you. Instead of thinking about what would make you happier and fall into a trap of compare and despair it would benefit you to stay mindful in grateful in this moment. Grateful for the ability to breathe and take a moment out of your day to be stress-free. Even if the ringing continues you can practice radical acceptance and just accept the ringing as part of your reality.

It is your reality and you can do with it whatever you desire. Your life, your path. DBT is always about retraining unhelpful thinking patterns. DBT is not only ideal for your tinnitus it is also wonderful for your mental health. By waking up every day and being grateful you can improve your life so much.

Instead of focusing on the ringing focus on the way the ground feels beneath your feet. Focus on the sunshine on your face and accept it all. Accept your reality for what it is and be happy for this existence. This is a process that may take time and it’s okay if you find it to be a daunting task in the beginning. You can do anything and everything.

DBT will help you to embrace and improve your reality. We can offer you professional help in dealing with this problem. We are always available to help. Contact us today.

Is Tinnitus a Symptom of Hearing Loss?

causes-of-tinnitus-noise-levels-01A question often asked is whether tinnitus a symptom of hearing loss?  While most commonly linked to hearing loss, tinnitus is not always directly related to hearing loss. Whether or not the condition results in hearing loss, it is currently incurable.  Clinics such as the tinnitus Cognitive Center can help you deal with the side effects.

What causes Tinnitus?

The exact cause is never found for most people with the condition. The audial canal contains many delicate nerves and fibers that are easily damaged. Once the hairs in your inner ear are bent, they can transmit unwanted electrical signals to the brain which results in the whooshing, musical noise, or ringing often associated with tinnitus.

For the majority of those afflicted, excessive noise causes the condition. Due to this, up to 90 percent of people experience hearing loss in large part due to damage to the sound-sensitive cells and inner ear.

Other causes of tinnitus include respiratory, chronic health problems, head or neck injuries, benign tumors, and infections. In this case, it is recommended to contact a doctor.

Tinnitus is also linked to earwax blockage, bone changes, and age. Furthermore, certain medications also cause phantom noises. Hearing loss is not correlated with all of these issues.

Is Tinnitus a symptom of hearing loss?

what-causes-tinnitus-symptoms-reasons-info-02Those experiencing hearing loss do indeed suffer from tinnitus. The absence of audiological input is a direct cause of the condition.

Studies have found that as many as 15.8% of people experiencing tinnitus had hearing loss across all frequencies and 83 percent lost a degree of hearing in higher frequencies.

Still, with a large number of causes, tinnitus is not necessarily a symptom of hearing loss. Even if it is not a symptom, damage to the ear can lead to hearing loss as well.

Can I prevent Tinnitus and hearing loss?

Tinnitus is preventable. Regular exercise and being careful of the level of noise in your environment mitigate the risk of both hearing loss and tinnitus. Long term exposure to noise can easily cause both issues.

Certain professions such as machinists and lumberjacks should always wear ear protection.

While many people can help prevent tinnitus others may be unavoidable to avoid the condition. Certain medications and biological factors may play a role.

How can I manage my related hearing loss and Tinnitus?

hearing-loss-related-to-tinnitus-questions-info-nyc-top-specialist-03There are a variety of ways to control your tinnitus symptoms. Despite being uncurable, it is possible to learn to cope with the side effects. These side effects are potentially devastating and range from anxiety to depression and suicidal thoughts.

Hearing aid manufacturers are starting to develop technologies that help combat hearing loss. Oticon and Signia are just two of the brands working on devices capable of training the nerve in the ear and block certain frequencies.

The most effective therapies are based on an individual’s needs and deal with thoughts and reactions to the symptoms associated with tinnitus.

Many people may ask whether tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss. The Tinnitus Cognitive Center can help answer these questions and provides a unique therapy designed to train your brain to cope with negative thoughts in a way that reduces anxiety and depression. Contact us today for more information.

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References

A connection between tinnitus and hearing loss. (1999). Retrieved from https://www.hear-it.org/Close-relationship-between-Tinnitus-and-Hearing-loss

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Tinnitus can interfere with hearing but doesn’t cause hearing loss. (2015, May 9). Retrieved from https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-q-and-a-severe-tinnitus-can-interfere-with-hearing-but-doesnt-cause-hearing-loss/

Tinnitus. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156

 

What is Audio Therapy for Tinnitus

sound-therpy-for-tinnitus-relief-nyc-specialist-01Audio therapy for tinnitus uses real noise to treat your perception and reaction to Tinnitus. Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R uses sound therapy in his Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy to help patient’s deal with the pain, frustration, and anxiety of Tinnitus at the Tinnitus Cognitive Center.

What is audio therapy for Tinnitus?

Audio therapy is a form of cognitive retraining therapy seeking to eliminate the symptoms of Tinnitus through sound. Our therapists utilize proven methodologies to help you cope with your condition.

There are different approaches to sound therapy in the treatment of Tinnitus. Masking exposes a patient to a sound volume similar to their symptoms. Distraction seeks to replace the sound of tinnitus with something from the environment, and habituation trains the brain to classify a sound as unimportant.

Why can’t I perform audio therapy on myself?

audio-therapy-for-tinnitus-info-nyc-expert-03While it is possible to purchase white noise and other machines, medical grade equipment far outpaces their commercial equivalents. Notched-music and computer modified sound emphasizing specific tones are only available on high-quality devices. These types of machines alleviate the burden of Tinnitus even after they are used and are only available in clinics such as ours.

Aside from the cost of a medical device which most insurance plans do not cover, our trained staff knows how to find and target the frequencies which cause your flare-ups. Our founder has over 20 years in the industry. An experienced consultant should be used in conjunction with psychotherapies such as cognitive retraining therapy.

The American Tinnitus Association recommends using audio therapy in conjunction with education and support from a trained professional.

What is cognitive retraining therapy?

therapeutic-sound-treatment-tinnitus-ringing-ears-02Cognitive retraining therapy targets the core beliefs, thoughts, and automatic reactions to stimuli, replacing negative thoughts with more positive outcomes. Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining therapy uses this methodology to help you deal with your Tinnitus symptoms.

Tinnitus is incurable. Therefore, it is necessary to focus on mitigation. By targeting certain beliefs and thoughts, the desired response can replace adverse reactions.

Researchers find this method to be particularly useful. The Korean Journal of Audiology and our patients find that symptoms are more controllable over time. This leads to lower levels of anxiety and deals with everything from clinical depression and suicidal thoughts to the fear of job loss.

If left unchecked, these beliefs and thoughts have a significant impact on your life. Tinnitus sufferers reported actual job loss and even a fear of sound.

Is audio therapy for Tinnitus painful?

Audio therapy for tinnitus deals directly with sounds in the range of your tinnitus. This treatment is not soothing ASMR but effective, becoming easier over time. Your initial reaction, as indicated on the Tinnitus Handicap Index, will likely present itself during a therapy session.

Patients with acute sound sensitivity may encounter some discomfort when using amplifying devices.

When should I use audio therapy?

Audio therapy is useful when symptoms present themselves. Solutions can involve portable and bedside machines, coupled with appropriate counseling.

What other forms of therapy exist?

Other cognitive therapies exist seeking to combat the effects of tinnitus. These exercises all aim to retrain the brain to better handle flare-ups.

Aside from cognitive therapy, drugs provide some relief. However, they can have harmful side-effects including addiction. Audio therapy is a standout in treating tinnitus.

To find out more about sound therapy for tinnitus, contact the Tinnitus Cognitive Center and schedule an appointment today.

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References

Sound Therapies. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.ata.org/managing-your-tinnitus/treatment-options/sound-therapies

Tinnitus. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156

Ringing in the Ears?

ringing-in-the-ears-information-01Ringing in the ears can border on painful. Victims of tinnitus experience a wide range of symptoms capable of jeopardizing hearing, employment, and even relationships. The tinnitus Cognitive Center can identify tinnitus and developed a therapy to help you control the effects of the condition.

What are the symptoms of Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is an audial condition which presents itself as a ringing, whooshing, high-pitched noise, or even a song. The noise occurs when the brain attempts to make sense of sound within certain frequency ranges. The intensity of this condition can become extremely discomforting and painful.

The perceived sound related to tinnitus ranges from quiet background noise to one that blocks out everything. For most people, this problem does not merely disappear. Symptoms often present themselves when environmental background noise reaches a particular frequency.

Tinnitus may be an intermittent or continuous condition. It may be slightly or significantly uncomfortable.

A common misdiagnosis of tinnitus occurs in patients with Radio Frequency hearing (RF Hearing). RF Hearing is a condition that causes individuals to hear high-pitched transmission frequencies.  Under special circumstances, people can hear frequencies ranging from 2.4 megahertz to 10 gigahertz.

Is Tinnitus a serious problem?

can-having-tinnitus-affect-my-health-symptoms-02While tinnitus symptoms are present in a significant percentage of the population, the condition is subjective and difficult to measure objectively. The Tinnitus Handicap Inventory is used to measure the seriousness of the issue. This subjective test measures the issue based on an impact scale assessing the effect of the issue on a person’s quality of life.

Sufferers of tinnitus can experience panic attacks, increased depression, exhaustion, and a host of other issues. The brain perceives the ringing in the ears as dangerous which results in the production of adrenaline and a fight or flight response.

The fight or flight response creates a negative feedback loop which results in increased stress levels which, in turn, worsens symptoms. If left untreated, the effects will continue to grow worse.

When tinnitus symptoms becomes too great, quality of life may be impaired. Speaking with others, remaining well rested, and maintaining a daily routine are all affected by the symptoms. 42 percent of people suffering from the condition report adverse work affects.  Victims have even reported suicidal thoughts.

What causes Tinnitus?

how-stop-tinnitus-symptoms-cognitive-therapy-katz-nyc-03The origins of tinnitus range from sensorineural hearing loss or congenital hearing loss to traumatic brain injuries and taking certain medications. The most common source of the condition is noise-induced hearing loss. This form of hearing loss is common in most industrialized countries.

There are a wide number of triggers which cause the noise. This includes common wiring and sound signal transmissions.

How do I stop the ringing in my ears?

Stress relief, the removal of irritants, being open about the condition, or cognitive training helps reduce the symptoms. However, tinnitus does not entirely disappear for most people.  Instead, efforts to control tinnitus focus on management of the symptoms rather than finding a complete cure.

When the roaring, whooshing, and ringing in the ears becomes too much to bear, the Tinnitus Cognitive Center can help. The center developed a unique therapy, cognitive retraining therapy, which retrains the brain to allow you to continue to live a normal and healthy life. Contact Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R for more information. 

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References

A connection between tinnitus and hearing loss. (1999). Retrieved from https://www.hear-it.org/Close-relationship-between-Tinnitus-and-Hearing-loss

Tinnitus. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156

Sound Therapies. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.ata.org/managing-your-tinnitus/treatment-options/sound-therapies

Treatment Options. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.ata.org/managing-your-tinnitus/treatment-options

The History of Identifying and Treating Tinnitus

The history of identifying and treating tinnitus goes as far back as ancient Rome and Greece. While some methods of the ancients were effective, more modern science led to treatments such as Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy developed at the Tinnitus Cognitive Center by Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R.

Did the Romans and Greeks know about Tinnitus?

history-of-tinnitus-romans-nyc-specialist-01Knowledge of Tinnitus treatments reaches as far as the Roman Empire and Greece. Ancient philosopher Celsus analyzed the condition and developed a practical solution revolving around lifestyle, diet, and pharmacology.

The treatments recommended by classical societies were not far from currently available therapies. In fact, the most effective therapies today revolve around behavior and are magnified by leading a healthy life.

When was the Tinnitus Handicap Index Created?

In 1996, researchers developed the Tinnitus Handicap Index based on a multitude of behavioral factors analyzing the quality of a patient’s life. This benchmark became a standard in diagnosing and understanding how people are afflicted by the associated phantom noises, pain, and frustration.

Before this, therapists utilized custom or relatively unstudied criteria. The index became the standard diagnostic test.

Have any breakthroughs been made in Tinnitus Research?

tinnitus-research-info-2019-02The 2000s saw a significant period of growth in the treatment of tinnitus. With the problem reasonably understood, therapists began formulating ways to help others cope with their condition.

Research led to the development of cognitive retraining therapies. This form of psychotherapy treats negative thoughts and reactions as stemming from a set of core beliefs. By targeting these beliefs and their resulting intermediate thoughts, therapists found they could help others control the pain, frustration, and anxiety related to tinnitus.

Journals and studies back up cognitive retraining therapy. The Korean Journal of Audiology and Brain and Behavior in both peer review and experimentation found significant improvement in symptoms.

When was Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy developed?

In the 2000s Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R utilized 20 years of clinical experience to create an advanced form of cognitive retraining therapy.

Katz and his peers view the issues related to negative thoughts. His approach utilizes exercises and treatments to help patients deal with their tinnitus symptoms. Clients continue to report favorable results.

Has a cure ever been found for Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is incurable. Damage to the audial nerve and cilia are irreversible.

tinnitus-medical-illustration-ear-inner-ear-03Instead of focusing on a cure, researchers focus on mitigation. These efforts have varying degrees of success. Medicines such as Alprazolam, hearing aids, a variety of cognitive therapies, and even some alternative medicines claim to cure or alleviate symptoms of the condition.

Medicines, hearing aids, and cognitive treatments are the most helpful forms of treatment. Drugs prove effective but have side effects such as nausea, dizziness, and even addiction. Hearing aids work on the frequencies related to tinnitus and can strengthen the audial nerve to better handle symptoms, but most are effective only when worn.

No alternative medicine has proven to work. Studies have not found the use of dietary supplements, chiropractic, acupuncture, or any other form of holistic treatment effective.

Cognitive retraining remains the most promising form of mitigation. Still, researchers continue to work on the problem and are making headway towards understanding the mysteries of the inner ear.

By following the history of identifying and treating tinnitus we can find effective solutions that can help you control your tinnitus. Contact us today if you would like to find out how mitigation efforts can help you deal with side-affects ranging from sleeplessness to depression.

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References

Maltby, Maryanne. Ancient voices on tinnitus: the pathology and treatment of tinnitus in Celsus and the Hippocratic Corpus compared and contrasted. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.tinnitusjournal.com/articles/ancient-voices-on-tinnitus-the-pathology-and-treatment-of-tinnitus-in-celsus-and-the-hippocratic-corpus-compared-and-contrasted.pd.pdf.

Jin, Hyung Jin and Park, Moo Kyun. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Tinnitus: Evidence and Efficacy. (2013, 13 December). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3936550/

Riedle, David et al. The influence of tinnitus acceptance on the quality of life and psychological distress in patients with chronic tinnitus. (2015, 17 October). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4900501/

What is Cognitive Retraining Therapy

tinnitus-cognitive-retraining-therapy-01Tinnitus is uncurable but cognitive retraining therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy can help. Stephen Geller Katz has 20 years of clinical experience, creating the Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy and the Tinnitus Cognitive Center to combat the growing number of people suffering from this condition.

How does Tinnitus impact emotional health?

Fifty percent of Tinnitus sufferers experience emotional health problems. These issues are as small as frustration and as large as clinical depression. The condition may even lead to phobias related to sound.

The wide variety of problems greatly impact the quality of life. Negative thoughts lead to a vicious cycle which deepens if left unchecked and furthers the symptoms, in turn worsening thoughts.

What is cognitive retraining therapy?

Once damaged, the cilia and nerve in the ear are irreparable. However, this type of therapy works by training the brain to reinterpret objective and subjective feedback that causes symptoms to flare. Over time, you can learn to cope with these issues with this compensatory treatment.

By targeting core beliefs and the intermediate thoughts leading to dangerous reactions, cognitive training therapy allows you to deal with flare-ups. In targeting the intermediate thoughts and core beliefs surrounding Tinnitus, this therapy treats responses to the symptoms.

What are the goals of Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy?

cognitive-retraining-therapy-for-tinnitus-symptoms-nyc-expert-03The long-term effects of allowing a cognitive disorder to deepen are devastating. For people suffering from Tinnitus, this includes a cycle related to depression, anxiety, and the quality of life. Studies linked heightened levels of job anxiety to the condition.

Altering the constant negative thoughts related to this condition reduces related levels of anxiety and depression. The parts of the brain linked to the fight or flight and fear are trained to better cope with Tinnitus symptoms. A series of exercises and strategies aim to allow people to think around the phantom noises and activity related to Tinnitus.

In dealing with the thoughts, beliefs, and reactions to Tinnitus, symptoms may improve. Education, cognitive therapy, relaxation training, and exposure targeting the cycle which worsens flare-ups helps decrease related issues.

Are cognitive retraining therapies proven?

Cognitive treatments are effective in dealing with Tinnitus. The past sixteen years have seen a growing awareness of Tinnitus. The brain activity of sufferers provides the basis for the most promising discoveries. MRI research found that the areas interpreting sound and causing fearful emotions were highly active in people who complain of having the condition’s symptoms.

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Cognitive therapy is based on a platform where a situation, the phantom noise related to Tinnitus, is evaluated as a danger and leads to behavioral, emotional, and psychological consequences. Core beliefs such as a fear of losing your job lead to intermediate thoughts and automatic reactions. Studies in the Korean Journal of Audiology and by a wide variety of researchers found that targeting the intermediate thoughts and core beliefs helped alleviate symptoms.

Our clients report making significant gains in dealing with their symptoms. Still, since each person’s case is unique, it is important not to assume that improvements in training exercises lead directly to an increase in quality of life. Aftercare is crucial to this therapy as licensed professionals attempt to transfer your new skills to everyday life settings.

 The Tinnitus Cognitive Center deploys a revolutionary cognitive therapy for Tinnitus suffers. Schedule a meeting to find out just what is cognitive retraining therapy.

Call Steven Geller Katz LCSW at (646) 213-2321 today.

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References

Heid, Markham. How is Tinnitus Going to Affect My Life? Possible Complications to Be Aware Of.(2018, July 10). Retrieved from https://www.everydayhealth.com/tinnitus/how-tinnitus-going-affect-my-life-possible-complications-aware/

Jun, Hyung and Park, Moo Kyun. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Tinnitus: Evidence and Efficacy. (2013, 17 December). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3936550/

Reidel, David et al. The influence of tinnitus acceptance on the quality of life and psychological distress in patients with chronic tinnitus. (2015, October 17). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4900501/

Tinnitus. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156

 

Types of Tinnitus

categories-of-tinnitus-information-specialist-02There are multiple different types of tinnitus. The Tinnitus Cognitive Center can help you discern a course of action for whichever form of tinnitus you are suffering.

Are there different types of tinnitus?

Tinnitus comes in different forms. Some of these types are related to how the body affects your symptoms.

Pulsatile tinnitus is related to the circulation of blood through the body. Checking your pulse against the noise you are experiencing can verify this form of the condition.

Somatic tinnitus occurs when the sensory system influences or increases your symptoms. The root cause of this type is neck muscle spasms. It can be alleviated through correct posture and lifestyle changes such as sleeping in a better position.

Tinnitus may be mistaken for other Menieres disease as well. Dizziness and vertigo are related to Menieres but is not tinnitus.

This form is linked to phantom noises and even a painful ringing sound.

What categories of tinnitus exist?

types-of-tinnitus-01Two categories exist. These are subjective and objective.

Subjective tinnitus is most common and occurs in one or both ears.  In this form, others do not hear your phantom noises.

Objective tinnitus is rare and is closely related to pulsatile tinnitus. It occurs when people other than yourself can hear the perceived noise. Proper diet and exercise help mitigate objective tinnitus.

What causes tinnitus?

A variety of environmental, congenital, medical or other factors cause tinnitus. Head and neck injuries, medicine, inner ear damage, and loud noises are known to produce the condition.

Environmental factors are the most significant cause of tinnitus. Individuals working with machinery or in concert settings should always wear ear protection. Hearing loss is often associated with these settings as well.

The condition produces effects which worsen if left unchecked. Anxiety often results from the flight or fight response related to the associated phantom noises of subjective tinnitus. This reaction heightens stress, leads to issues such as lack of sleep and clinical depression, and in turn worsens symptoms.

Can I prevent tinnitus?

Mitigation is achievable through proper diet, exercise, and a reduction in stress levels. Removing loud noises from your environment can help as well.

Lifestyle changes are particularly useful for pulsatile tinnitus. High blood pressure, injury, and heart disease are causes of this condition.

In some cases, tinnitus is inevitable. Medicines, hearing loss, and congenital diseases are often unavoidable.

How are the different types of Tinnitus treated?

causes-of-tinnitus-specialist-nyc-03Tinnitus is uncurable. However, the symptoms are mitigable.

Treatments range from prescription drugs to cognitive retraining therapy. They work for most types of tinnitus.

Cognitive retraining therapy such as the Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy offered at our office work well. These therapies replace negative thoughts and reactions with a more positive response. Audio and behavioral therapy aims to make you more comfortable in dealing with your symptoms.

Unlike drugs, cognitive treatments do not have side effects. Dizziness, nausea, and addiction can occur when taking medicine. However, recent advances in understanding the ear may allow scientists to develop better drugs.

Alternative medicines are not proven to work. There is no correlation between the management of symptoms and treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, and dietary supplements.

The Tinnitus Cognitive Center offers a groundbreaking treatment for the condition. Contact Steven Geller Katz LCSW today to schedule an appointment.

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References

Keate, Barry. Somatic Tinnitus. 2018. Retrieved from https://www.tinnitusformula.com/library/somatic-tinnitus/

Tinnitus. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156

Types of tinnitus. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.resound.com/en-us/hearing-loss/tinnitus/types.

What’s to know about pulsatile tinnitus? Barrell, Amanda. (2017, 22 September). Retrieved from https://www.ata.org/managing-your-tinnitus/treatment-options/sound-therapies 

Ginkgo for Tinnitus and why it doesn’t always work

does-ginko-for-tinnitus-work-faq-info-nyc-specialist-01Is taking ginko for tinnitus effective? Ginkgo is a deciduous Chinese tree related to the conifers, with fan-shaped leaves and yellow flowers. It has several primitive features and is like some Jurassic fossils. This tree is very controversial when it comes to tinnitus. Some people claim that ginkgo has cured them of tinnitus completely and others say that it doesn’t work at all. Well, I’m here to tell you that there is no definitive answer as to if ginkgo truly heals patients. Everyone reports something different but all in all the results are pointing more towards a placebo effect.

About Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a complicated ailment that not only involves the ears but the brain. The nerves in your ear could be damaged or a nerve in your brain could be damaged. Some patients may even have an underlying disease that needs to be treated and Ginkgo can not treat it. Gingko is nice to use if it helps you to feel better but know that you will not be completely cured. Your best bet would be to contact a professional about this issue.

Placebo Effects

ginko-biloba-and-tinnitus-symptom-relief-nyc-therapist-skype-02Beware of placebo effects. We have an article written on this, it warns you to beware of scams and what to look for to find out if it is a scam. Anything offering you a 100% cure for tinnitus is a scam right off the bat. Do not give your money to someone that is promising you a 100% cure for an ailment that is not completely understood by science. Go into this with a cautious mind.

Some patients have reported a difference in their tinnitus after using ginkgo and that is always wonderful to hear. This is not everyone’s reality, and nothing is promised. Science is doing its best to uncover the causes of this ailment and to help people to live their best life without having to struggle with tinnitus, but until then we all must persevere. There are very many ways to live a fulfilling life with tinnitus.

CBT

tinnitus-natural-remedies-info-therapy-new-york-expert-03We have an article about CBT and how CBT can greatly improve your outlook and quality of life. Managing stress and uncomfortable feelings is the goal. Life throws us many hurdles and it is up to us to take control of how we react to said hurdles. You can do anything with determination and a clear and open mind. Know that science is progressing every day and you can have peace of mind.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to treat your tinnitus. We can help you on your way to improving your life and mindset. Our goal is to help you get to a place of comfort. Tinnitus is not the most pleasant feeling, but we can most certainly help you to make the best of every day.

Coping with Tinnitus

coping-with-tinnitus-info-treatment-specialist-nyc-01To live a fulfilling life, coping with tinnitus is necessary. Tinnitus can be very distressing if one does not know how to cope with it. There are a few things that studies have proven help patients cope with tinnitus from CBT to Masking devices.

CBT is very helpful because it helps to retrain the way you think about life and how you cope with situations. It was originally made for people struggling with depression and other mental disorders but has proven to be helpful for tinnitus patients. To learn more about CBT please read our article about CBT and how it can improve your tinnitus.  We also have written an article named ‘’Treatment options for Tinnitus’’ to help you understand that there are treatment options and how to go about them.

Noise suppression

tinnitus-prognosis-treatment-faqs-therapy-02In some cases, white noise may help suppress the sound so that it’s less bothersome. Your doctor may suggest using an electronic device to suppress the noise. Devices include:

  • White noise machines. These machines make sounds that mask the ringing in your ears. From ocean waves to static noises are available for you to use. I have heard many people tell me that it helps them to sleep at night. It has been proven that ocean waves are very relaxing and can help patients to wind down and sleep all through the night.
  • Hearing aids. These can be especially helpful if you have hearing problems as well as tinnitus. But please note that hearing aids do not always help with tinnitus.
  • Masking devices. Worn in the ear and like hearing aids. They are a mixture of heating aids and white noise machines. It makes sounds like ocean waves and the like in your ear that drowns out the ringing.
  • Tinnitus retraining. A wearable device delivers individually programmed tonal music to mask the specific frequencies of the tinnitus you experience. After a while, you may not even be able to hear the ringing anymore. Counseling is often a component of tinnitus retraining.

Medications

There are no medications that can cure tinnitus now, but in some cases, they may help reduce the severity of symptoms. Possible medications are:

  • Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline and nortriptyline, have been used with some success. Keep in mind these are typically only used for severe tinnitus, as they can cause troublesome side effects, including dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation and heart problems.
  • Alprazolam (Niravam, Xanax) may help reduce tinnitus symptoms, but side effects can include drowsiness and nausea. It can also become habit-forming.

Contact us for a professional to speak to so that you can know what medication may be proper for you.

Lifestyle and home remedies

coping-living-with-tinnitus-information-03Often, tinnitus can’t be treated. Some people, however, get used to it and notice it less than they did at first. For many people, certain adjustments make the symptoms less annoying. These tips may help:

Avoid possible irritants. Reduce your exposure to things that may make your tinnitus worse. Common examples include loud noises, caffeine, and nicotine.

Cover up the noise. In a quiet setting, a fan, soft music or low-volume radio static may help mask the noise from tinnitus.

Manage stress. Stress can make tinnitus worse. One can benefit from acquiring a calming self-care routine. Focus on calming yourself and do things that you know will calm your mind. The more stress you feel the louder tinnitus tends to get so make sure to take time to breathe and calm your mind.

Reduce your alcohol consumption. Alcohol increases the force of your blood by dilating your blood vessels, causing greater blood flow, especially in the inner ear area. And those with pulsatile tinnitus will find this to be very distressing. Please dial back on alcohol consumption.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to treat your tinnitus. We can help you on your way to improving your life and mindset.

Tinnitus in Children

Tinnitus in Children

nyc-top-specialist-for-children-with-tinnitus-03Tinnitus in children can be a very daunting subject for parents. A few studies have examined the occurrence of tinnitus in children. Among children with hearing difficulties, tinnitus affects as many as 24 to 29 percent. Tinnitus may be caused by ear infections, noise exposure, and head injuries. It can be very distressing to know that your child is dealing with this ailment but nevertheless there are many things that can be done to soothe your child and to help them live fulfilling lives regardless of the tinnitus.

Children tend to develop tinnitus through ear infections and fevers. It can be very distressing for them but reassure them that they will be alright and possibly get them a noise machine when it is time to sleep. Your child will be receptive to it and will have no issues sleeping. The sound machine helps to block out all the ringing that is causing your child so much distress.

Stim Toys

Stim toys and other soothing and colorful things will help your child to calm down whenever the noises become too much for them to bear, be patient and understand that tinnitus is overwhelming even for adults, so it can really rattle a child.

Ear Plugs

Children have very sensitive ears, so it would be best to get them earplugs to keep with them. If they ever become exposed to loud noises they can put them in their ears to protect them from further damage. Often children believe the noise in their ears to be normal and have trouble describing the problem. However, identifying the problem and treating it as early as possible is important.

Symptoms and Complaints by Children with Tinnitus

children-with-tinnitus-symptoms-relief-treatment-02Children rarely complain or even talk about it when they hear the bothersome tinnitus noises. Some children who are born with tinnitus or stricken at an early age often believe that other children hear the same noises in their ears. They learn to live with it as best they can. If you suspect that they may have tinnitus it would benefit you to take them to a doctor.

Like adults, children with tinnitus rarely can be totally cured, but a variety of treatments can help most of them to cope in the best ways possible. Children tend to be easier to work with because they are open-minded and more receptive to treatment than adults. They tend to heal and improve faster than adults as well.

Coping with Tinnitus in Children

Make sure to reassure your child that they are not the only one with this condition and it is not fatal. Tell them that other children suffer from tinnitus as well and their experience is not an isolated incidence. Make sure to explain to the child everything you can about tinnitus and validate them and their experience. Validating your child is essential for their self-esteem and understanding of the world around them. Assure them that this ailment is not their fault and that others suffer from it as well.

For help with these symptoms contact us today to schedule an appointment to treat your tinnitus. We can help you on your way to improving your life and mindset.

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Tinnitus

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

best-Dialectical-Behavior-Therapy-nyc-01Many have heard of CBT but not as many people have heard of DBT. We have written an article about how CBT can benefit those dealing with tinnitus, but let’s discuss how DBT could benefit you as well. DBT is very similar to CBT but it instead focuses heavily on distress intolerance. It helps you to focus on feeling the emotions and not trying to actively change it, we call it radical acceptance.

DBT assumes that many of the problems exhibited by clients are caused by lack of skills. Skills involve things like distress tolerance and radical acceptance. If you lack those skills you may be distressed more often and may be filled with anxiety more often.

The failure to use effective behavior when it is needed is often a result of not knowing skillful behavior or when to use it. When a patient focuses merely on how distressing the ringing in their ears are and not on how they can fix the situation they may have a very low distress tolerance. DBT focuses on increasing this tolerance so that you can mindfully take deep breaths and assess the situation without freaking out.

best-dialectical-behavior-therapy-dbt-new-york-02Mindfulness is the name of the game for DBT. The main goal is to help you to pay attention to your body and be present in the moment. Think of all the things that you are grateful for and think of ways that your life is fulfilling to you. Instead of thinking about what would make you happier and fall into a trap of compare and despair it would benefit you to stay mindful in grateful in this moment. Grateful for the ability to breathe and take a moment out of your day to be stress-free. Even if the ringing continues you can practice radical acceptance and just accept the ringing as part of your reality.

It is your reality and you can do with it whatever you desire. Your life, your path. DBT is always about retraining unhelpful thinking patterns. DBT is not only ideal for your tinnitus it is also wonderful for your mental health. By waking up every day and being grateful you can improve your life so much.

Instead of focusing on the ringing focus on the way the ground feels beneath your feet. Focus on the sunshine on your face and accept it all. Accept your reality for what it is and be happy for this existence. This is a process that may take time and it’s okay if you find it to be a daunting task in the beginning. You can do anything and everything.

DBT will help you to embrace and improve your reality. We can offer you professional help in dealing with this problem. We are always available to help. Contact us today.

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