HearUSA and Tinnitus Treatment Solutions announce partnership
CAMPBELL, CA–(Marketwired – May 3, 2016) – The HearUSA Hearing Care network, which includes approximately 4,000 audiology and hearing care professional service provider locations, and Tinnitus Treatment Solutions (TTS) have created a partnership to incorporate an increased focus on tinnitus care. The partnership aims to provide broader customized sound therapy and expert clinical care to a greater number of patients.
The agreement helps to address a gap in tinnitus care while allowing each organization to build from its respective strengths: Patients benefit from TTS expert tinnitus audiology care through telemedicine, combined with in-person care and tinnitus hearing aid technologies.
“The HearUSA Hearing Care Network is pleased to add the expertise that TTS brings to our patients,” said Dr. Cindy Beyer, VP of Professional Services at HearUSA. “Tinnitus is an underserved condition for millions of people, and we are happy to provide this resource through our TTS partnership.” HearUSA serves patients nationwide, including AARP members as the provider of the AARP Hearing Care Program.
TTS is staffed by tinnitus experts who provide treatment conveniently (through tele-home care) to deliver short- and long-term relief. Tinnitus specialists provide tinnitus education, counseling and guidance throughout the patient’s habituation process. TTS applies its HaRT™ Clinical Care Program, providing Habituation Retraining Therapy. This partnership of nationwide expert tele-health tinnitus treatment and local hearing healthcare can provide higher-quality treatment to more patients currently in need of care.
Tinnitus is a complex condition with multiple potential causes, and involves both neurological and emotional components. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), it is the most common service-connected disability of returning veterans. Despite the fact that most patients are told “nothing can be done,” there are tools available that can help patients to manage the condition and find relief.
“This partnership of expert teleaudiology and in-person care focuses on bringing relief for millions of tinnitus sufferers,” adds TTS clinician Dr. Nicole King. “Tinnitus care through telemedicine has many advantages for patient treatment and convenience — in fact the Veteran’s Administration has been successfully developing tinnitus telemedicine care for military sufferers of this debilitating condition for quite some time.”