I believe I suffer from tinnitus. What are the next steps?
The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) has created a patient map on how to seek treatment for one’s tinnitus.4
As described in the figure, first and foremost, stay calm and take care of your personal health. In a study completed by Schaaf et al (2014), it was concluded through the comparison of stress levels to individuals suffering from psoriasis within a hospital setting that stress is a factor of tinnitus. (Schaaf, Flohre, Hesse, & Gieler, 2014). 5
Next, contact your primary care physician or hearing healthcare professional, such as an ENT or Certified Audiologist.
Ensure to create a support system of not only those involved with the medical treatment and management for your tinnitus, but also family, friends and possible support groups. Having such a collection of individuals and teams can lead to improved emotional and social components to one’s quality of life.
Lastly, do not become discouraged by those who claim there is no hope for relief from your tinnitus. There are methods to help alleviate your symptoms.viii
ATA. (n.d.). Patient Roadmap. Retrieved July 28, 2016, from http://www.ata.org/managing-your-tinnitus/patient-roadmap
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