For the patient suffering from tinnitus, management of this persistent internal sound can be debilitating. Most treatment plans have converged on a format that includes sound therapy with a device presenting distracting noise or tonal sounds. Prior to the reviewed study, few randomized control trials with hearing aids featuring sound therapy had been completed. Read on to learn about the work of Henry and colleagues, who report on the benefits of hearing aids alone and hearing aids with a feature for tinnitus sound therapy.
Henry, J., Frederick, M., Sell, S., Griest, S. & Abrams, H. (2014). Validation of a novel combination hearing aid and tinnitus therapy device. Ear and Hearing, e-published ahead of print, September 2014.