|Audéo Q with tinnitus option|
Phonak, Warrenville, Ill, announces that the Audéo Q is now available with a dedicated Phonak tinnitus program that supports a variety of tinnitus management philosophies. About four out of five people with tinnitus are also affected by hearing loss, says the company.
“Approximately 50 million people in the United States have tinnitus and a quarter of those experience depression, loss of concentration, sleep problems, and loss of enjoyment of life,” explains Ann L. Rhoten, AuD, owner of Kentucky Audiology and Tinnitus Services. “Historically, people suffering with tinnitus have been told they have to ‘learn to live with it.’” While currently there isn’t a cure, there are treatments such as the Phonak tinnitus management program that can help.
“The Phonak Audeo Q incorporates a tinnitus management feature in the hearing aid which offers a library of sounds and music specially designed to help manage tinnitus,” says Rhoten. “These tools, combined with experienced counseling, can be very effective in treating tinnitus.” Dr Rhoten is certified in the treatment and management of tinnitus and sound sensitivity issues, including Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), and is a member of the American Tinnitus Association and the Tinnitus Practitioners Association.
Phonak reports that, with Audéo Q, wearers can enjoy conversations in crowded restaurants or during a walk outside on a windy afternoon. The company states that its unique Binaural VoiceStream TechnologyTM found in all of the Phonak Quest products makes it possible for wearers to hear and understand in the most challenging listening situations.