How is tinnitus treated?

The most effective treatment for tinnitus is to eliminate the underlying cause. Tinnitus, in some cases, can be a symptom of a treatable medical condition. Unfortunately, in many cases, the cause of tinnitus cannot be identified, or medical or surgical treatment is not an option. In these cases, the tinnitus can still be managed using a variety of other methods. Be sure to discuss with your doctor any medical treatment options before considering tinnitus management.
Tinnitus management can include:
• Biofeedback
• Hypnosis
• Electrical stimulation
• Relaxation therapy
• Counseling
• Habituation therapies
• Tinnitus maskers
• Sound machines
Audiologists and otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat doctors, or ENTs) routinely collaborate in identifying the cause of tinnitus and providing treatment and management. A treatment that is useful and successful for one person may not be appropriate for another.
The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) has information on various treatment options.