Tinnitus is no longer something you must learn to live with, it is something you can conquer.
Living With Tinnitus & Hyperacusis
Tinnitus, most often described as a ringing or buzzing in the ears, can be a disturbing condition that robs a person of much of the joy and tranquility of life. Approximately twelve million Americans suffer from tinnitus in its severest form, while millions more are affected to a lesser degree. For most people, the reassurance by their physician that there is no serious medical problem allows them to better cope with the sounds they hear. For others, however, the persistent sound of tinnitus can continue to be disruptive and stressful.
Hyperacusis is a hypersensitivity to common everyday sounds. This condition is present in 40% of tinnitus sufferers, although anyone can experience this disorder. Hyperacusis can make even the simplest activities impossible due to the anticipation of how ordinary sounds will be perceived.
Misophonia and Phonophobia are defined as behavioral reactions to sounds which may or may not be physically loud, yet cause a strong physical and psychological response.
- Misophonia is defined as a strong dislike to a sound or group of sounds which most of the time are referred to as "mouth" sounds.
- Phonophobia refers to a fear of sounds in general.
Testing & Treatment
The New England Tinnitius and Hyperacusis Clinic is the first center of its kind in the Northeast. For each patient we begin with a detailed case history and a diagnostic audiological evaluation. This is followed by tinnitus pitch and loudness matching, loudness perception, and otoacoustic emissions tests on an as needed basis.
Cognitive Habituation Tinnitus Therapy (CHaTT©) was developed by Dr. Natan Bauman. CHaTT© is a modified TRT* program which also includes components of:
- Cognitive Behavioral Theory
- Pictorial Representation
- Music as a form of distraction and relaxation
CHaTT© is a therapy program which individualizes the treatment protocol to the patient’s tinnitus and/or Sound Sensitivity Disorder. Each patient’s tinnitus and/or SSD’s reaction score to offending sounds is obtained. This allows us to recommend a very individual approach to treatment.
*Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) also known as “habituation therapy” was developed by Dr. Pawel Jastreboff. TRT involves the “retraining” of the patient’s auditory (hearing) center to ignore/habituate the tinnitus.
Long Term Management
Habituation is a crucial component in Tinnitus Therapy. It is accomplished through the use of the TRI (Tinnitus Retraining Instrument) – a low level, broad band noise device worn a minimum of six hours a day. The faint noise generated by the TRI is barely audible to the wearer and does not interfere with normal communication. However, it is only one component of the Tinnitus Treatment Program. Another crucial component is a series of counseling sessions.
The TRI was developed and is patented by Dr. Natan Bauman. It is used in most Tinnitus Management Programs.
For tinnitus patients with hearing loss, the use of hearing instruments, in conjunction with other treatment strategies, can achieve successful tinnitus management.
We look forward to helping you overcome the debilitating effects of tinnitus. Tinnitus and/or Sound Sensitivity Disorder habituation occurs within approximately 8 to 18 months, with significant improvement achieved in more than 80% of patients. Through the New England Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Clinic, tinnitus is no longer something you must learn to live with, it is something you can conquer.
All audiologists working in the New England Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Clinic are certified graduates of accredited graduate and post graduate audiology programs.
The New England Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It is conveniently located near major highways at (click on the address for directions):
2661 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
Patients are seen by appointment only; call (203) 287-9915 to schedule an appointment.
For more detailed information including testing and treatment costs, see our Tinnitus and SSD Booklet:
*The information provided here is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment of specific hearing or medical conditions.