Retrain the Brain to Fight Tinnitus | Emily E McMahan Featured in the Washington Post

Retrain the Brain to Fight Tinnitus | Emily E McMahan Featured in the Washington Post

01/29/2024 | News, Patient Resources

I’m beyond excited to tell you that an article about new and improved tinnitus treatments has been published in the Washington Post—and I’m in it! 

For those who don’t follow it, the Washington Post is a daily American newspaper published in the national capital.

For many people, it’s the one-stop shop for all things news across the world, so it’s a huge honor for me to be published online speaking on a topic I’m very passionate about—tinnitus and the right treatment options. 

Tinnitus is defined by a ringing, buzzing, or humming sound in your ears. Some believe that it’s a hearing loss challenge caused by the brain modifying and creating sounds that aren’t received through the normal hearing process—simply put, your brain creates “phantom noises” to replace a missing sound stimulation. 

For many people, tinnitus provides a constant noise; for some, it comes and goes, but it’s difficult to ignore and frustrating for those who suffer from tinnitus on a daily basis.  

There are a few ways to alleviate tinnitus symptoms, but no cure as of yet. While hearing aids can help, they’re not a solution to tinnitus; we employ multiple other methods alongside hearing aids to help manage tinnitus, like sound therapy, which helps you manage tinnitus in your everyday life. 

Tinnitus affects over 25 million people across America—and thankfully, this new treatment has been making leaps and bounds in helping alleviate it. 

The article talks about bimodal neuromodulation with a device called Lenire®. Through stimulation of two sensory systems, via headphones and a mouth device, the brain is made to pay attention to noises coming from headphones and mild electrical pulses on the tongue.  

Tinnitus can be isolating and annoying to deal with—a constant buzzing noise in the background is distracting, to say the least. Thankfully, Lenire® provides many benefits toward alleviating tinnitus symptoms, including helping the brain ignore the ringing noise entirely. How relaxing would that be? 

The stimulation that the Lenire® device provides helps the brain learn to ignore the noise associated with tinnitus—which can range from high-pitched ringing to a quiet hum for different people.  

I am one of the first 15 healthcare professionals in America qualified to offer Lenire® as tinnitus treatment, and it’s a privilege to provide this cutting-edge tinnitus solution to my patients. 

I have treated over 200 patients with Lenire®; it helps those with tinnitus challenges tremendously, so I advocate for a holistic approach to hearing treatment that could incorporate Lenire®. Sound therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy are also big proponents of tinnitus treatment—there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to treating hearing challenges, but Lenire® has been proven to help quite a lot! 

It’s incredible for me to be featured in this article for the Washington Post, especially spreading the word about tinnitus treatment with Lenire®. I’m so glad that my team’s hard work in helping alleviate tinnitus symptoms with the help of this innovative device is being highlighted to educate people about tinnitus. 

Lenire tinnitus technology

If you’re reading this and you’re curious about Lenire®, or tinnitus treatment in general, please call us at 907-522-4357 to talk to one of our team. 

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Dr. Emily E McMahan

Dr. McMahan attended the University of Cincinnati where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2009. She furthered her professional education by obtaining her Doctorate of Audiology from Salus University in Philadelphia in 2013. She completed her residency in Anchorage and has been applying her expertise to her patients in the Pacific Northwest for several years. Whether you need hearing testing, hearing aids, or assistance with managing tinnitus in your daily lives, Dr. McMahan is qualified to assist you!

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