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Tinnitus: Ringing or Buzzing Ears

I recently had a 56-year-old man come to see me with tinnitus (ringing and high pitched steady noise) in both ears. And while he had a known and documented moderate hearing loss, he stated that this had been going on for several years but as of recent, it had become unbearable.

He really was suffering with this, and I could easily tell that it was taking over all aspects of his life…including his sleep.

After a thorough patient history and evaluation, including specialized tinnitus testing, we were able to locate what his ringing was and why it was so bothersome. He, his wife, and I were able to construct a personal rehabilitation plan, including Tinnitus Retraining Therapy.

In this way, we were able to help desensitize his awareness by way of his autonomic and limbic systems, using his auditory pathway to better “blend” his bothersome tinnitus with the everyday sounds which are around him. It was a success!

And while we were not able to “cure” him, he most certainly is now able to go about his day without recognizing that pesky annoyance.

As doctors of audiology, we are very fortunate to be able to help people overcome many abnormal aspects pertaining to hearing anomalies and physical balance problems. We do not take our patients’ trust in us lightly, as well as the ongoing education in current trends in management for best results. Our expertise is proven in our outcomes.

If you or a loved one suffers from tinnitus, please call (435) 688-8991 to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.

 

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Dr. Richard Luekenga

Dr. Richard Luekenga

Dr. Luekenga opened Hearing & Balance Doctors of Utah in 2005. Since that time he has been dedicated to creating state-of-the-art facilities filled with the latest technology along with the most qualified and caring hearing healthcare team. He received his Doctor of Audiology from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His doctorate is supported by his B.A. at Utah State University, clinical fellowship at Bountiful Hearing Center and further clinical experience at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, IHC Hearing and Balance Center, The Kosair Children’s Hospital, Heuser Hearing Institute (Deaf Oral School), and Avada Hearing and Balance Center, to name a few. With this long list of experience, it is clear that Dr. Luekenga is very passionate about good hearing and is well-versed in the advances of hearing aid technology. He is equally as passionate about helping patients that feel off-balance, dizzy, lightheaded, or unsteady, and understands the need these patients have to get back on their feet! Additionally, he provides counseling and therapy for patients who experience tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in their ears).

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