Approach: With over 30 years experience in the field of Audiology we have been specializing in the treatment of Misophonia, Tinnitus, Hyperacusis and Hearing Loss since 2006. Our approach for Misophonia is to complete an extensive diagnostic evaluation and Case History. We approach each case uniquely based on the patient’s individual needs. We encourage a combination of Sound Therapy and counseling to retrain negative reactions associated to triggers. We strongly believe in a collaborative approach with other medical providers to assure that the patient receives a clear diagnosis and treatment plan. Our focus is to change the quality of your life so that you can live your best life with Misophonia.
Credentials: Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA
I traveled from Nebraska to come here, in an attempt to find a solution for my Misophonia. Daily sounds prevented me from eating dinner with my family, working easily at a job, and caused me to isolate myself because of the physical and emotional pain that came as a result. This place gave me the only solution that's EVER helped and I can actually rejoin my life again! Being able to eat with my husband or things like that, are the irreplaceable moments of quality time that you take for granted, and I won't ever again. Thank you Colorado Tinnitus and Hearing Center, for changing my life.
I was distraught for my teenage daughter and her Misophonia. I researched and researched until I came across this place on the internet. There was hope finally. These wonderful people changed our lives by listening to us, and finally giving my daughter a diagnosis of Misophonia. My daughter now has little ear pieces that fit into her ear that play white noise so that my daughter can actually enjoy life again instead of worrying about her triggers. Her triggers were my husbands breathing, babies crying, and many other things. Dr. Patty was awesome and completely worked with us financially, emotionally, and gave us a ton of resources for Misophonia. I can NEVER repay these woman for changing our lives but most importantly for changing my daughters live, where she feels life is worth living again. Shout out to receptionist Amy for calming all my fears about a long drive to Denver and for helping me through this process. Thank you ladies again for changing our world.
Approach: We treat Misophonia with a three phase approach:
Protect the patient from trigger sounds using sound generation.
Reduce or eliminate central gain of trigger sounds.
Rethink the trigger sounds and create new neural networks to reduce or eliminate the negative reactions of the limbic system to trigger sounds
Dr. Land is always searching professional literature for the most current research and information regarding Misophonia, hyperacusis and other sound sensitivities. She is focused on finding the best therapies to help her patients live easier, more engaged lives.
Testimonial #1: It has been hard work and a commitment, but overcoming most of my misophonia has given me my life and hope back. The sound generators, combined with counseling, have given me the tools to cope successfully and function in everyday society without issue. Things that once paralyzed me are now merely background sounds I often don’t notice. Fifteen years of misophonia — I thought I would never be free, and now I am!
Testimonial #2: Two years ago I was extremely limited and handicapped regarding daily activates. I had severe migraines and was diagnosed with severe hyperacusis. I had two hearing tests at other facilities, which were painful, causes excessive anxiety, exhausting, and caused migraines. Dr. Paula Land’s tests were gentle and I felt safe with her. It only took one year and I had my life back completely! During this past year, the 2nd year, I have thoroughly enjoyed my life! She is a blessing from God. She is worth 6 hours of driving!
Credentials: Aud, CCC-A, F/AAA, ABA, Fellow, TPA
Approach: Neurophysiological model of hearing loss and misophonia; modified behavioral therapy.
We offer many acoustic therapy systems practice such as Desyncra, Levo system, The Listening Program (TLP), as well as behavioral modification therapies. We offer teleaudiology to address tinnitus, hyperacusis, and misophonia.
Credentials: TRT, CH-TM
APPROACH: Dr. Fox-Thomas uses an audiological approach to managing misophonia that includes a combination of counseling (including tenets of cognitive behavioral therapy), sound therapy, and biofeedback. She embraces a person-centered, holistic approach to patient care that recognizes each individual's unique needs and preferences.
TESTIMONIALS: Dr. Fox-Thomas has treated over 100 children and adults with misophonia since 2010. Anecdotal and survey results of her clinical work have been presented regionally and nationally and accepted for presentation at the 2nd International Misophonia Symposium. Although data collection is ongoing, preliminary findings of survey data indicate the majority of survey respondents (61%) reported their misophonia is “better.” They reported less awareness and disturbance of triggers.
Subjective comments included "emotional regulation has somewhat improved with regard to misophonia triggers” and “can take short sessions of triggers.” Scores on the Misophonia Assessment Questionnaire (MAQ) also improved for the majority of respondents. Nearly 80% of the patients who participated in the survey reported using sound therapy. Several patients reported the “breathing exercises” (biofeedback) were helpful. In response to the question, “What was most and/or least helpful about the services you received…?,” patients commonly referred to validation of their condition (e.g., "“Being able to talk to someone who validated what I was feeling was the most helpful thing. I no longer felt alone.”
CREDENTIALS: State-licensed Audiologist (NC, VA, and SC); Certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (CCC-A), Fellow of American Academy of Audiology (FAAA), Certified Healthcoach (CHC), Certified HeartMath Practitioner; Certified Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) practitioner including the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)
UNC Greensboro Speech and Hearing Center offers both online consultations and in-person evaluations as well as follow ups via telecare as needed. Telepractice laws usually require licensure in the state where the patient is located. At present, Dr. Fox-Thomas is licensed in North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina.