PARTIAL MASKING WITH HEARING AIDS Overview Goals of Therapy The tinnitus instrument Use of the hearing aid Use of the sound generator Partial masking Jane Doe Hearing Clinic. Chicago, IL
2 Overall Goals of Therapy Counseling Thoughts and Emotions Hearing and Communication Sleep Concentration Sound Therapy Decrease the prominence of the tinnitus Facilitate habituation to the tinnitus Habituate to the tinnitus and the sound Jane Doe Hearing Clinic.
Chicago, IL 3 Habituation to Sound New refrigerator is loud at first. Less aware of sound after awhile. Not even aware it is present. Jane Doe Hearing Clinic. Chicago, IL
4 How Hearing Aids Help Tinnitus Make many environmental sounds audible May help make tinnitus less noticeable Facilitates listening, and therefore reduces effort and stress Jane Doe Hearing Clinic. Chicago, IL 5
Sound Generators Sound Generators can help in the habituation of tinnitus You hear background sound Background sound has no emotional importance You habituate to the sound plus tinnitus Jane Doe Hearing Clinic. Chicago, IL 6
Hearing Instrument Parts Batteries Volume control for sound generator Volume control for hearing aid Receiver (tiny loudspeaker) Jane Doe Hearing Clinic. Chicago, IL 7 Change Battery Change batteries as needed, typically every 1-2
weeks Place sticker on your calendar for the date you changed the batteries to estimate the life of your batteries Change batteries for both instruments at the same time Jane Doe Hearing Clinic. Chicago, IL 8 Insertion and Removal of the Instrument
Insertion Identify which ear: Red writing hearing aid for right ear Blue writing hearing aid for left ear Removal Hold device and slowly pull or twist out Take out at night Turn off open battery door Store out of reach of pets and small children Jane Doe Hearing Clinic. Chicago, IL
9 Cleaning When you take the hearing aid out, wipe with a tissue or soft, dry cloth Daily, brush the hearing aid with the port facing downward Jane Doe Hearing Clinic. Chicago, IL 10 Safety & Protection
Moisture Dont wear while around water Battery Very harmful if swallowed Keep out of reach of children and pets Jane Doe Hearing Clinic. Chicago, IL 11 Hearing Aid Information Amplifies sound May hear sounds you havent heard in awhile
Adjust volume to comfortable level May change volume throughout the day if needed Jane Doe Hearing Clinic. Chicago, IL 12 Full Masking vs. Partial Masking Partial Masking Full Masking
Masking Level Masking Level Tinnitus Jane Doe Hearing Clinic. Chicago, IL Tinnitus
13 Using the Sound Generator Level Lowest level needed to reduce loudness or annoyance of tinnitus Can hear both tinnitus and the masker Duration Best to put on in the morning, take off at bedtime Ideal if you can forget youre wearing it Use at least 8 hours per day
Jane Doe Hearing Clinic. Chicago, IL 14 Masking Level/Volume Do not change the volume of the masker while youre wearing it If environmental noise drowns out the sound, do not increase the volume If, after wearing the device for awhile, your tinnitus becomes louder, do not increase the volume Do the following: Take the device off for about one hour, then put it back on and reset the
volume to the lowest level needed to reduce loudness or annoyance Jane Doe Hearing Clinic. Chicago, IL 15 Summary It is possible for you to habituate to any sensory signal if you do not react with strong negative emotions Partial masking of the tinnitus can decrease the prominence of the tinnitus and help you to
habituate to the tinnitus The use of hearing aids to amplify non-threatening background sounds and masking of tinnitus with non-threatening sounds helps to habituate to the tinnitus Jane Doe Hearing Clinic. Chicago, IL 16 Sound Therapy Use hearing aid and sound generator devices to assist in the habituation of tinnitus
Use the lowest level of sound that reduces the loudness or annoyance of tinnitus Even when not using wearable devices, you can use background sound to help partially mask the tinnitus Jane Doe Hearing Clinic. Chicago, IL 17
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