Tinnitus: Fact and Fiction

By Belinda Gonzales, Owner

NuSound Hearing Center

Tinnitus (ˈtin-ət-əs, ti-ˈnīt-əs) is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. According to the American Tinnitus Association, tinnitus affects 50 million Americans. Although tinnitus isn’t a condition, but rather a symptom of an underlying condition, many that experience tinnitus describe it as debilitating. Others will struggle to a lesser degree with hearing over their tinnitus, concentrating, sleeping and more.

Odds are one in four people reading this article have some sort of tinnitus. Many of you have searched the internet, visited with doctors and maybe even ordered products in hopes of a cure. There is no cure but for many tinnitus can be improved by addressing the underlying condition. Others find that the nuisance or anxiety of tinnitus can be helped by using various other management tools. There is no one system that works for each tinnitus sufferer. I believe this is the main reason why so many continue to struggle because tinnitus is an area of health that many have chosen not to study or work. Working with tinnitus patients takes time.

NuSound Hearing Center is committed to keeping our community informed and our staff trained in the latest research and tinnitus management options. This August, we will be sponsoring a free Tinnitus: Fact and Fiction Seminar.

Richard S. Tyler, Ph.D.,M.Sc. will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Tyler was trained in Audiology and Psychoacoustics at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Iowa. He worked initially at the Institute of Hearing Research in the United Kingdom and is currently a Professor in both the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery and in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Iowa. Dr. Tyler has been a visiting scholar in China, South Africa, Australia, Sweden, Poland, Germany and France. His scientific work includes the quantification of tinnitus, necessary for its investigation, as well as the investigation of different treatments.

Others on our panel of speakers during this one-of-a-kind tinnitus event will include the American Tinnitus Association, Sound Pillow, Shunga Creek Mental Health Services, Dr. Michael Rosenblatt of Starkey Hearing Technologies, author Ronald Nutter and Dr. Jennifer Gans of Mindfulness Based Tinnitus Stress Reduction. Each of our panelists will also have a booth available at the seminar so that guests may speak with our tinnitus experts individually, while viewing the latest in research and technology and beginning the journey to a better understanding of tinnitus.

This tinnitus seminar will be both informative and interactive. Everyone, no matter where they are in their understanding of tinnitus, will find benefit from this seminar. Door prizes will be given away and literature from many of our experts will be either free or discounted for this community event. You will not want to miss this opportunity.

Both the Topeka and the Manhattan seminars are free but have limited space of 100 guests.

To register for this event or for more information, call NuSound Hearing Center at 785-783-8121.

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