Folmer (2012) reports although there is no true cure for tinnitus, there are many management options available. Most patients are helped using a non-invasive management strategy, which may include hearing aids, sound generators, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and/or progressive tinnitus management. Folmer reports some 15 to 20 percent of all adults experience persistent tinnitus and approximately 1 in 5 (of the same group) report tinnitus as a “clinically significant problem.”
Folmer reports implantable devices are often shown to reduce the perception of tinnitus for selected and appropriate patients. For example stapedectomy, bone-anchored hearing solutions, middle-ear implants, cochlear implants, auditory brainstem implants, neural implants, brain surface electrode implants and vagus nerve stimulators have proven effective with regard to tinnitus management in selected patients. Folmer notes that all tinnitus patients should explore non-invasive tinnitus management strategies prior to considering surgical solutions.
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