Welcome to the American Tinnitus Practitioners website, a network of health care professionals dedicated to treating tinnitus and its bothersome affects.
Our mission is to connect those Americans with tinnitus with local professionals who promote their expertise and skill in the tinnitus treatment process. American Tinnitus Practitioners recognizes three professions as care givers in tinnitus treatment with each possessing a distinct expertise.
An audiologist is a health-care professional specializing in identifying, diagnosing, managing, and non-medically treating hearing, tinnitus and balance disorders. The audiologists in our network represent a special group of professionals who have an expertise in evaluating and treating tinnitus. Many audiologist have undergone special training in various tinnitus treatment strategies. These strategies may include one or more of the following :
- Habituation & Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
- Progressive Tinnitus Management
- Hearing Aids when hearing loss is present
- Sound Therapy
- Instructional Counseling
- Stress and Sleep Management
An otolaryngologist is a physician devoted to the medical and surgical management of patients with diseases of the ear, nose, and throat. Otology/Neurology is a subspecialty within otolaryngology that specializes in medically and surgically treating hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders. If medical or surgical management is not indicated when tinnitus is the complaint, a referral to an audiologist is often made.
A psychologist is a mental health-care professional who evaluates, diagnoses and provides counseling for those who are experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and psychological conditions associated with tinnitus. One type of counseling that has proven to be successful in helping people with bothersome tinnitus is cognitive behavioral therapy. This type of approach helps those with tinnitus learn to minimize the negative thought pattern often accompaning tinnitus.