Saturday, July 23, 2011

Tinnitus and Medications: Xanax, Zoloft, Prozac,

Tinnitus Treatment for those who suffer almost always requires medication to treat.

Medical doctors hate to prescribe one of the puzzle pieces (benzodiazapenes) because the medications are tracked by pharmacies. Therefore the sufferer runs into a lot of resistance in getting a prescription they desperately need. If medical doctors only knew how little of a dose can go such a long way they might change their considerations even with pharmacy attention.

The other genre of medication most helpful for sufferer is antidepressants. Having seen some > 1000 people for tinnitus therapy and treatment I can tell you that it is tough to get someone back to silence without an SSRI like Zoloft/Prozac or next generation AD like Effexor (which just might be one of the most effective meds for depression as well).

Doctors have no trouble prescribing the A.D.'s as they aren't attended to by the pharmacist or her tracking meds.

The problem here is that A.D.'s alone typically don't do the trick. The benzodiazapene is usually required for the medication part of the puzzle. Which meds specifically?

It varies from person to person which is why the consult is crucial with therapist and MD/DO. Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan all have solid track records and are very inexpensive for clients.

Some Doctors argue that the meds in their generic form aren't as helpful as the brand names and that might be true, but we've had excellent success with alprazolam, clonazepam, and on and on along with the big brands.

Other meds?

We'll talk about them next time, so be watching.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Cell Phones Cause Tinnitus?

Do Cell Phones Cause Tinnitus?

A number of people have written and asked this question and I do want to set the record straight for you then refer you to Tinnitus Therapy and Treatment Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

There have only been a few studies about cell phone use and tinnitus.

Because chronic tinnitus is often best understood as a "remembered sound loop" in the brain it's best to think of it in this regard. Consider when you have a song stuck in your head or you hear the door knock and no one is there. Chronic tinnitus, like other auditory misperception is almost always a function of memory, not otoacoustic emissions.

This is complicated for people who don't suffer from tinnitus to understand.

One study showed absolutely no connection between tinnitus and cell phone use.

Another recebt study showed correlation but not causation. This study claimed that EMF's were the offender.

That's possible but not likely. If it were true the number of tinnitus cases would have skyrocketed in the last decade. That hasn't happened. We'll keep watchiing and see if any further developments occur. Until then, it makes sense to not overuse cell phones for any number of safety reasons. But ultimately people have experienced onset of tinnitus for thousands of years and cell phones are merely two decades old...