Effective management of tinnitus often depends on the type of tinnitus you have.

The vast majority of tinnitus suffers have subjective tinnitus, ringing in ears that often cannot be fixed. This type can usually be managed.

Objective tinnitus, on the other hand, can often be cured in its entirety. For those whose “buzzing, ringing, whistling” is caused by a buildup or earwax or a punctured eardrum, the path to clear sound is often as simple as fixing the underlying problem.

An easy way to distinguish between the two is by determining who can hear the noise. If it’s only the patient, then it’s subjective. If the tinnitus can be heard or measured by others (often through hearing instruments), then it’s objective tinnitus. Objective tinnitus sounds “are usually produced by internal functions in the body’s circulatory (blood flow) and somatic (musculo-skeletal movement) systems.”

There are many treatment options for subjective tinnitus. Many doctors recommend limiting intake of caffeine or alcohol and reducing stress. Auditory habituation or tinnitus retraining therapy is another method, and involves a device or hearing aid that produces a low level sound alongside the ringing in order to desensitize. This is similar to acoustic therapy, which – through the use of hearing aids or sound generators – masks any annoying tinnitus sounds.

Don’t hesitate to talk to talk to your audiologist if you’re having problems with any ringing in your ears. Tinnitus is often a symptom of another problem, so it’s best to get it checked out by a medical professional.


Those with hearing loss know how difficult it can be to converse comfortably with their loved ones. They get frustrated, tired and sometimes just tune out.

But it’s hard for their family and friends, too. Loved ones don’t like to see their hearing impaired family member struggle or be unhappy, and they might get equally frustrated during conversations.

REM Audiology in Philadelphia, PA, understands these communication difficulties. That’s why we’ve devised these tips for the friends and family of those with hearing loss to enjoy better conversations.

It’s important to understand how your hearing impaired loved one actually hears. Some of the words are filled in, while others remain blank. Your loved one with hearing loss struggles to make sense of these assorted and incomplete sounds and tries to turn them into words that make sense in the context of the conversation.

With that in mind, here are some tips for having a successful conversation with a hearing impaired loved one.

Get their attention
For those with hearing loss, hearing takes concentration. Make sure your partner is paying attention and prepared for the context of the conversation.

Ensure they can see your lips
Lip-reading helps people with hearing loss fill in the blanks of what’s not heard. Ensure you’re in a well-lit area, and don’t cover your mouth with your hands.

Speak clearly and steadily
While volume of your voice plays a role, clarity of your words is really the key. Maintain a regular pace of speech and talk clearly.

Stay aware of background noise
If you can, try to avoid background noise. Don’t play music in the background and turn off the TV. When out and about, choose a quieter restaurant and request a corner booth.

Keep your sense of humor!
Conversing with a hearing impaired loved one can be frustrating for all parties! Remember the goal is to connect, so why not laugh at any misunderstandings?

Do you have tips for improving conversations with your hearing impaired loved one? Share your thoughts with REM Audiology in Philadelphia by contacting us online or calling 888-710-7540 today!