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The ATA, (American Tinnitus Association) 
The ATA is the  US nation’s largest organization for information about tinnitus.  
At the site of the American Tinnitus Association, you can get valuable information about your tinnitus and the possibilities to relieve the effect of Tinnitus.

The ATA website informs:

Source:  ( https://www.ata.org ) 


Momentarily there are no proven scientific remedies for most cases of chronic tinnitus. In particular, many cases are caused by sensorineural hearing loss a disorder that is difficult to heal.

The search for a specific cure is ongoing and progress is being made, but there is currently no clinically proven way to completely eliminate the perception of tinnitus.  However, there are great tools to help patients manage the condition; treatment that reduces the perceived intensity, ubiquity and burden of tinnitus. These currently available treatments are not "curative" - ​​they are not changing the root of the causes of tinnitus, or eliminate the noise signal-  completely but,  they deal with the attention, emotional and cognitive effects of tinnitus.

They help patients live a better life, and more enjoyable and productive life, while preserving the feeling of tinnitus.   Some patients question the cost of treatments that do not fully recover. The ATA believes that patients should do everything possible to reduce the burden of tinnitus until a specific treatment is found. Also the ATA suitable analogy can be the use of the pain killer ibuprofen for headaches. Ibuprofen itself does not cure the cause of most headaches, but it does reduce the pain that makes headaches worse.

The most effective tinnitus treatment tools address aspects of tinnitus that often make it a stressful condition like:

  • anxiety

  • stress

  • direct sound sensitivity

  • social isolation,

  • general hearing problems

  • and the volume of thought.

Not two cases of tinnitus were identical, as such, the "best" treatment option often depends on a series of factors unique to each patient. In addition, successful tinnitus treatment may require overlapping layers of treatment. The ATA (the American Tinnitus Association), recommends that patients work with their specialists(s) to identify and apply the treatment strategy that best suits their specific needs. 

Below is a list of currently available treatment options, organized by general categories.

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The perceived irritation of tinnitus experienced can fluctuate and depends on many factors, including the patient's general well-being. There are simple options that patients can perform that can alleviate some of the problems.
Hearing aids
Tinnitus is predominantly associated with some level of hearing loss. Improving the reception and perception of external sound can often provide relief from the internal sound of tinnitus.
 
Sound therapies
Tinnitus is a non-auditory sound, but patients can use pure external sound to counteract their perception and technical response to tinnitus. Sound masking can cover the sound of tinnitus, while more advanced therapies can provide more powerful relief.
 
Behavioral therapies
Tinnitus can provoke strong negative emotions such as anxiety, a form of depression and anger if Tinnitus is uncontrolled. Patients can control their emotional responses by learning this, thereby decoupling tinnitus from painful negative behavioral responses. This intervention is one of the better techniques.
 
Drug Therapies
There are currently no medically approved medications specifically for tinnitus. However, there are pharmacological options to address the stress, anxiety and depression caused by tinnitus. These are means used as bypass and have side effects attached to them.
 
TMJ treatments
In some cases, tinnitus is caused by physiological functions or conditions in the body. In these common situations, addressing the root cause of physical activity can eliminate or drastically reduce tinnitus symptoms, particularly by improving circulation, for example.
 
Experimental Therapies
The quests for new tinnitus treatments and thus possible cures are underway. Here are some of the most advanced therapies currently in development, but not yet fully validated for effective clinical use.

Note: the American Tinnitus Association (ATA.com) does not endorse or recommend specific tinnitus products, treatments, or providers

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