Do you suffer from Tinnitus? If so, that’s a sign that your brain may be off balance. Neurofeedback therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help you restore balance to your brain so that you can overcome the constant ringing, buzzing, hissing, tingling and “whistle while you work” sounds in your ears. When it comes to this condition, most people find it terribly annoying and brush it off, but for others, it’s much more drastic. When left untreated Tinnitus will wreak havoc on a person’s life by interrupting their sleep, and eventually preventing their body from getting the rest it needs, thus leading to health issues. Furthermore, it will ultimately interfere with professional and personal relationships, resulting in psychological distress.
The CDC estimated that over two million people in the United States alone have debilitating cases of ringing in the ears. What causes this disturbing phenomenon? Theoretically, tinnitus is prompted by infections or blockages in the ear, disappearing once the underlying cause is treated. Further, continued exposure to loud sounds is a frequent cause of tinnitus. According to WebMD, up to 90% of people with tinnitus have some level of noise-induced hearing loss, with noise having caused permanent damage to the sound-sensitive cells of the cochlea, a spiral-shaped organ in the inner ear.
Most recently, a study was conducted and then presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The study proved that neurofeedback treatment can help people who suffer from the disorder by teaching them how to block the unwanted sounds in their ears by merely retraining the brains to focus on something else. At the Eustache Institute, we have designed a specialized treatment plan for those who suffer from Tinnitus by combing neurofeedback and oxygen therapy. Since neurofeedback quiets the brain, stabilizing its auditory processing and sensitivity is an integral part of the healing process. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy will assist by boosting pressure in the inner ear as oxygen flows from areas of higher pressure to lower pressure areas. It has been found that there’s a decrease in oxygenation of the cochlea (the vital organ of hearing) during and after acoustic stress and in acute hearing loss. The increase in oxygen pressure will offset any oxygen deficiency caused by trauma, leading to recovery. These two methods have helped many of my patients restore their hearing and rid themselves of tinnitus symptoms. In fact, one of my patients who lost his hearing in one ear gained 70-80 % of his hearing back and no longer needed the use his hearing aid.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in Neurofeedback Therapy, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they can live the life they’ve always dreamed. To learn more, please visit www.EustacheInstitute.com. You can also find Dr. Eustache on Instagram and Facebook.