Beth Alberto, Au.D.

“Most of my tinnitus patients come to me in tears. They are desperate. I can help them, though – help them keep their jobs, be good parents, regain their lives – with Neuromonics devices.”

So many audiologists and patients believe that nothing can be done about tinnitus. But they are wrong. That’s what Beth Alberto, Au.D, found out for herself.

Alberto, of Hearing Care of Summerville, S.C. (http://www.lifeisworthhearing.com), began experiencing tinnitus many years ago during a two-year chemotherapy regimen for breast cancer. Because she is an audiologist, Alberto knew there had to be something out there to minimize the ringing in the ears she was hearing – but what?

She did her homework and research, and learned a great deal about tinnitus and what existed at the time for relief. At Emory University, she took a course on Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), which piqued her interest in tinnitus treatment even more. Then, in 2000, she was one of the early audiologists to begin working with the Neuromonics line of products. She has been working with them ever since because they work.

“Most of my tinnitus patients come to me in tears. They are desperate. I can help them, though – help them keep their jobs, be good parents, regain their lives – with Neuromonics devices.”

Since she discovered Neuromonics, Alberto has treated many tinnitus sufferers and enjoys many success stories. But one of her recent success stories is particularly meaningful. The woman, in her mid-sixties, arrived at Alberto’s office, in poor physical shape, visibly upset and desperate.

“Because she had other health issues – physical and psychological – she was only being treated as a mentally ill patient,” says Alberto. “No one really believed she had tinnitus. They thought she was crazy.”

During the patient’s initial assessment, Alberto determined just how extreme her tinnitus level was: She had a TRQ of 97. (The Tinnitus Reaction Questionnaire, or TRQ, is a self-report questionnaire that evaluates tinnitus distress.)

Between the tinnitus and her physical pain, the patient became physically ill.

The dire situation this patient faced lead Alberto to believe she might even be suicidal.

“I told her I believed her with her tinnitus. So I fitted her with a Neuromonics Sanctuary device on her that morning,” Alberto recalls. “The intent was to provide an ‘escape mechanism’ – some immediate relief while I did a full-fledged assessment to fit her with the Oasis. But she relaxed immediately with the Sanctuary. She had peace at last.”

In concert with the Neuromonics tinnitus treatment, Alberto had the woman work with a psychologist with whom Alberto partners for some of her patient’s treatments. With these combined therapies, the patient continued to find peace. In just two months, her TRQ dropped into the 30s.

Unfortunately, Alberto’s patient succumbed to her other physical afflictions and died six months after starting her Neuromonics therapy. Her husband thanked Alberto, let her know that the patient passed away listening to the sounds of the Sanctuary, and assured Alberto though that those last months were some of the most peaceful months his wife had experienced in years – all thanks to the Neuromonics device.

“What I tell a tinnitus sufferer is this: Know is that there are people out there who believe you,” says Alberto. “Don’t let anyone tell you that you are making up the sounds you hear. You’re not. And you don’t have to suffer.”