Tinnitus Management

Tinnitus is the perception of sound heard in the ears or head that is not actually present in the environment. The sound associated with tinnitus varies from person to person, however, it is typically described as a ringing, buzzing, hissing or clicking.  Tinnitus is often accompanied by oversensitivity to sound, which is clinically known as decreased sound tolerance or hyperacusis. Tinnitus is also strongly affected by your emotional state. Therefore, anxiety, stress, or depression can worsen your tinnitus.


Find relief from your tinnitus at Hearing Evaluation Services

Our Doctors of Audiology, certified by the Tinnitus Practitioners Association, are uniquely qualified to work with you to develop a customized management plan to give help you take control over your tinnitus and get your life back.  Additionally, HES is deeply entrenched in Buffalo’s Medical Community.  Our Audiologists work directly with area neurologists and otolaryngologists to provide hearing, tinnitus, and balance services. 

The program we have developed at HES is built off of years of tinnitus treatment research that is conducted both locally and worldwide.  Our Tinnitus Certified audiologists use the most current methods to assess each person’s unique experience with tinnitus and develop a personalized plan to manage it.  We use a multifaceted approach to address all the areas known to cause and exacerbate tinnitus, which can be a life-altering experience for people.  Let our TPA Certified Specialists will work with you to design a customized management plan to help you take control of your tinnitus.

Tinnitus Specialists

Nicole L. Ball, Au.D.

Doctor of Audiology / Clinical Director

Alyssa D. Smyczynski Au.D.

Doctor of Audiology/Orchard Park Site Lead

Jennifer D. Sutton, Au.D.

Doctor of Audiology/Tonawanda Site Lead

Tinnitus Management Programs


Our research-backed audiologist-led tinnitus management program combines:

    • Counseling and Education
    • Acoustic Therapy
    • Relaxation Strategies
    • Amplification

A patient would benefit from our tinnitus management program if they are experiencing the following as a result of their tinnitus:

    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Trouble falling asleep at night
    • Frequent irritability
    • Difficulty hearing as a result of the loudness of their tinnitus

On average, our patients achieve a clinically significant reduction in their perceived tinnitus based on standardized self-report measures using this method (See Figure).  The average Tinnitus Handicap Inventory scores are cut in half in just six weeks with almost 60% of patients experiencing a significant reduction of at least 20 points.



An easy way to learn more about our Tinnitus Program and its success rates is to attend our free Tinnitus Group Educational Sessions, held monthly.  Come meet our Tinnitus Specialists and talk to others who are suffering from tinnitus.


If you prefer to get started with a customized tinnitus management plan and see a Tinnitus Specialist for a one-on-one assessment, contact us today.