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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.

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Monthly Archives: August 2018

Tinnitus Treatment Options

Tinnitus Treatment

tinnitus-treatment-options-specialist-new-york-01There are many treatment options for tinnitus. Most should be performed by professionals only because tinnitus can be a sign of a deeper problem. If you are interested in the symptoms of this condition, please check out our article titled ‘’Symptoms of Tinnitus’’. Even if you suspect that you have this ailment it is best to contact a professional to get a proper diagnosis.

The main objective for all tinnitus treatment options is to lower the perceived burden of tinnitus, allowing the patient to live a more comfortable life. CBT can help with anything involving negative perceptions. We have an article on CBT and how it can improve your life regarding tinnitus.

There is currently no scientifically proven cure for most cases of chronic tinnitus. The search for a definitive cure is still going on and some progress is being made, but we have yet to discover a cure.  However, excellent tools such as CBT and meditation can lessen the burden of this ailment. These currently available treatments are not cures per se, they do not heal the patient but they lessen the discomfort of the patient to some degree.

Even though there is currently not a cure there are a lot of things that can be used to cope with it. More than just sitting around and meditating every second of the day. Instead, you can use these things to make your life easier.

Earwax removal

Removing impacted earwax can decrease tinnitus symptoms.

Changing your medication

If a medication you’re taking appears to be the cause of tinnitus contact your doctor about it. Do not get off the medication without contacting your doctor beforehand.

Noise suppression

tinnitus-noise-suppression-treatment-option-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. 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. These are worn in the ear like hearing aids. They are a mixture of hearing aids and white noise machines. It makes sounds like ocean waves 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

white-noise-for-tinnitus-problems-nyc-specialist-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 to drown out 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 arising from external, middle, and inner ear by NYC Tinnitus Specialist

Tinnitus is when a person can hear sounds that are not actually present.

external-middle-inner-ear-tinnitus-specialist-nyc-01A lot of people call tinnitus “ringing in ears”. There are so many ways that tinnitus can take place from ringing to clicking. Tinnitus can be ongoing or just temporary. For more information on this ailment check out our article explaining the symptoms of tinnitus. There is currently no scientifically-validated cure for most types of tinnitus. Treatment for tinnitus is mostly based on changing your mindset about the illness rather than focusing a lot on changing it. We have articles focusing on how you can change the way you view your tinnitus and how practicing CBT can give you a more fulfilling life.

Millions of Americans experience tinnitus, making it one of the most common health conditions in the country. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that nearly 23% of the general public — over 50 million Americans — experience some form of tinnitus. Roughly 20 million people struggle with burdensome chronic tinnitus, while 2 million have extreme and debilitating cases.

Damage to the inner ear typically is the cause of the ringing and discomfort. Most studies show that tinnitus forms from inner ear damage. Such as ear infections, hearing loss, and There is currently no scientifically proven a cure for most cases of chronic tinnitus. The search for a definitive cure is still going on and some progress is being made but we have yet to discover a cure. However, excellent tools such as CBT and meditation can lessen the burden of this ailment. These currently available treatments are not cures per se, they do not heal the patient but they lessen the discomfort of the patient to some degree.

External Ear

The external ear is rarely affected but when it is, patients report that the back of the ear down to their jaw feels numb. There are a few theories as to why that it is, and it is attributed to a problem in the middle ear. One of the main theories is the eustachian tube is not getting much blood flow. Since it has very low blood flow it gives the sensation of being numb. If you are experiencing this, it would benefit you to talk to a professional as soon as possible because this could be a sign of an underlying issue.

Middle ear

parts-of-ear-related-tinnitus-02

The middle ear contains your eardrum, oval window, the round window, and the Eustachian tube.

The eardrum is very thin, measures approximately 8-10 mm in diameter and is stretched by means of small muscles. The pressure from sound waves makes the eardrum vibrate.

The vibrations are transmitted further into the ear via three bones in the middle ear: the hammer, the anvil, and the stirrup. I’m terms such as hammer, anvil, and stirrup to give you a better picture of what the function of these bones are. These three bones form a kind of bridge, and the stirrup, which is the last bone that sounds reach, is connected to the oval window.

The oval window

The oval window is a membrane covering the entrance to the cochlea in the inner ear. When the eardrum vibrates, the sound waves travel via the hammer and anvil to the stirrup and then on to the oval window.

The round window

The round window in the middle ear vibrates in opposite phase to vibrations entering the inner ear through the oval window. In doing so, it allows fluid in the cochlea to move.

The Eustachian tube

tinnitus-treatment-cure-new-york-03The Eustachian tube is also found in the middle ear and is situated at the back of the ear. The Eustachian tube’s function is to equalize the air pressure on both sides of the eardrum, ensuring that pressure does not build up in the ear. The tube opens when you swallow, thus equalizing the air pressure inside and outside the ear, but as many tinnitus sufferers know, the opening and closing of the eustachian tube can be distressing. The clicking in tinnitus is due to us being able to hear the tubes open and close with every swallow.

All in all, it is best to talk to a professional that can assist you with these problems. We offer help to those suffering from tinnitus, you don’t have to suffer in silence.

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

Monthly Archives: August 2018

Tinnitus Treatment Options

Tinnitus Treatment

tinnitus-treatment-options-specialist-new-york-01There are many treatment options for tinnitus. Most should be performed by professionals only because tinnitus can be a sign of a deeper problem. If you are interested in the symptoms of this condition, please check out our article titled ‘’Symptoms of Tinnitus’’. Even if you suspect that you have this ailment it is best to contact a professional to get a proper diagnosis.

The main objective for all tinnitus treatment options is to lower the perceived burden of tinnitus, allowing the patient to live a more comfortable life. CBT can help with anything involving negative perceptions. We have an article on CBT and how it can improve your life regarding tinnitus.

There is currently no scientifically proven cure for most cases of chronic tinnitus. The search for a definitive cure is still going on and some progress is being made, but we have yet to discover a cure.  However, excellent tools such as CBT and meditation can lessen the burden of this ailment. These currently available treatments are not cures per se, they do not heal the patient but they lessen the discomfort of the patient to some degree.

Even though there is currently not a cure there are a lot of things that can be used to cope with it. More than just sitting around and meditating every second of the day. Instead, you can use these things to make your life easier.

Earwax removal

Removing impacted earwax can decrease tinnitus symptoms.

Changing your medication

If a medication you’re taking appears to be the cause of tinnitus contact your doctor about it. Do not get off the medication without contacting your doctor beforehand.

Noise suppression

tinnitus-noise-suppression-treatment-option-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. 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. These are worn in the ear like hearing aids. They are a mixture of hearing aids and white noise machines. It makes sounds like ocean waves 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

white-noise-for-tinnitus-problems-nyc-specialist-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 to drown out 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 arising from external, middle, and inner ear by NYC Tinnitus Specialist

Tinnitus is when a person can hear sounds that are not actually present.

external-middle-inner-ear-tinnitus-specialist-nyc-01A lot of people call tinnitus “ringing in ears”. There are so many ways that tinnitus can take place from ringing to clicking. Tinnitus can be ongoing or just temporary. For more information on this ailment check out our article explaining the symptoms of tinnitus. There is currently no scientifically-validated cure for most types of tinnitus. Treatment for tinnitus is mostly based on changing your mindset about the illness rather than focusing a lot on changing it. We have articles focusing on how you can change the way you view your tinnitus and how practicing CBT can give you a more fulfilling life.

Millions of Americans experience tinnitus, making it one of the most common health conditions in the country. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that nearly 23% of the general public — over 50 million Americans — experience some form of tinnitus. Roughly 20 million people struggle with burdensome chronic tinnitus, while 2 million have extreme and debilitating cases.

Damage to the inner ear typically is the cause of the ringing and discomfort. Most studies show that tinnitus forms from inner ear damage. Such as ear infections, hearing loss, and There is currently no scientifically proven a cure for most cases of chronic tinnitus. The search for a definitive cure is still going on and some progress is being made but we have yet to discover a cure. However, excellent tools such as CBT and meditation can lessen the burden of this ailment. These currently available treatments are not cures per se, they do not heal the patient but they lessen the discomfort of the patient to some degree.

External Ear

The external ear is rarely affected but when it is, patients report that the back of the ear down to their jaw feels numb. There are a few theories as to why that it is, and it is attributed to a problem in the middle ear. One of the main theories is the eustachian tube is not getting much blood flow. Since it has very low blood flow it gives the sensation of being numb. If you are experiencing this, it would benefit you to talk to a professional as soon as possible because this could be a sign of an underlying issue.

Middle ear

parts-of-ear-related-tinnitus-02

The middle ear contains your eardrum, oval window, the round window, and the Eustachian tube.

The eardrum is very thin, measures approximately 8-10 mm in diameter and is stretched by means of small muscles. The pressure from sound waves makes the eardrum vibrate.

The vibrations are transmitted further into the ear via three bones in the middle ear: the hammer, the anvil, and the stirrup. I’m terms such as hammer, anvil, and stirrup to give you a better picture of what the function of these bones are. These three bones form a kind of bridge, and the stirrup, which is the last bone that sounds reach, is connected to the oval window.

The oval window

The oval window is a membrane covering the entrance to the cochlea in the inner ear. When the eardrum vibrates, the sound waves travel via the hammer and anvil to the stirrup and then on to the oval window.

The round window

The round window in the middle ear vibrates in opposite phase to vibrations entering the inner ear through the oval window. In doing so, it allows fluid in the cochlea to move.

The Eustachian tube

tinnitus-treatment-cure-new-york-03The Eustachian tube is also found in the middle ear and is situated at the back of the ear. The Eustachian tube’s function is to equalize the air pressure on both sides of the eardrum, ensuring that pressure does not build up in the ear. The tube opens when you swallow, thus equalizing the air pressure inside and outside the ear, but as many tinnitus sufferers know, the opening and closing of the eustachian tube can be distressing. The clicking in tinnitus is due to us being able to hear the tubes open and close with every swallow.

All in all, it is best to talk to a professional that can assist you with these problems. We offer help to those suffering from tinnitus, you don’t have to suffer in silence.

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 Cognitive Center

Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R
19 West 34th Street
Penthouse Floor
New York, NY 10001


Call today for a consultation
646-213-2321