It’s an often-quoted statement for those suffering from chronic tinnitus: “there’s nothing you can do.” However, for Randy, a former fighter pilot, that was simply not an acceptable answer. His incredible journey towards managing tinnitus and restoring his quality of life, with the support of Dr. Ben Thompson and Treble Health, is nothing short of inspiring. This success story is a testament to the power of determination, innovation, and the human spirit.
Fifteen years ago, Randy became aware of a faint, persistent ringing in his ears. It was only a whisper in quiet places and easily overlooked in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But on the night of March 13th, 2022, that faint whisper erupted into a deafening roar, one he couldn’t ignore. A steady, unbearable ringing disrupted his peace, causing him to lose sleep and instilling in him a sense of despair.
What followed was a series of sleepless nights and desperate attempts to manage this mysterious malady. With each passing day, Randy became more aware of his hearing impairment, especially as the world adapted to mask-wearing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He discovered just how much he relied on lip-reading to fill in auditory gaps, a coping mechanism that was suddenly ineffective behind the veil of protective masks.
Recognizing his need for help, Randy connected with Treble Health, whose team of experts assessed his situation, helped him understand the link between his tinnitus and hearing loss, and confirmed that his tinnitus was not a result of other health concerns. This understanding provided much-needed clarity and, more importantly, hope.
Unlike his initial encounter with medical professionals, Treble Health acknowledged the realness and severity of Randy’s condition. Armed with empathy and expertise, they offered him a lifeline – a comprehensive treatment plan consisting of two key elements: sound therapy and hearing aids.
For Randy, sound therapy was a revelation. He experimented with different sound therapy videos from Treble Health and found solace in the calming ambient sounds, which were a world apart from the invasive tinnitus. So profound was the relief that he could finally sleep again, a gift that was more precious than ever.
His therapy was further supported by the introduction of hearing aids, which not only addressed his hearing loss but also played an integral role in his sound therapy. Randy described how the intensity of his tinnitus could be substantially reduced from an 8 to a 5 merely by putting on his hearing aids. This, coupled with one-on-one coaching sessions with a Treble audiologist, provided Randy with a solid foundation to reclaim control over his life.
While therapy was crucial in his journey, Randy stressed the importance of comfort and adaptability in hearing aids. He recommended looking for models that are tailored to individual needs and preferences, and those that are compatible with Bluetooth and smartphones for a seamless experience.
Today, Randy’s life has changed dramatically. His self-care practices have evolved, and he’s come to understand that managing tinnitus is not just about addressing the ears, but also the mind. His resilience and positive attitude, combined with the support and expertise from Treble Health, have allowed him to consider returning to the skies again. The tools and techniques he acquired from Treble Health to tame tinnitus have empowered him to live life on his own terms, and his story serves as a beacon of hope for others navigating similar challenges.
As Randy would advise, “Get with Treble Health, it’s super helpful. I’m continuing to make improvements every day. I feel like Treble literally gave me my life back.” His journey of triumph over tinnitus is a testament to the power of seeking help, embracing innovative solutions, and never giving up on the quest for better health and wellbeing.