By Dr. Meg Kalady


Tinnitus, also known as ringing ears, is often described as sounds other than ringing including a buzzing, chirping, pulsating sound. These sounds have no external source and instead are only heard by the individual experiencing tinnitus causing them much discomfort. While there is no cure for Tinnitus, there are ways to manage the symptoms allowing the suffered to find some relief from the persistent noise. Your first step to managing your tinnitus is to contact us.  We will send you detailed questionnaires about your health and what you are experiencing.  We will then schedule two appointments with our Audiologist, Dr. Meg Kalady.  

Your first appointment will be diagnostic in nature, and consist of a Comprehensive Audiogram, Speech in Noise Testing, Loudness Discomfort Levels, Tympanometry and Acoustic Reflex Testing, Otoacoustic Emissions testing, and a Tinnitus Evaluation.  The second appointment encompasses going over the results of the last appointment, Tinnitus Education and Counseling, and recommendations.  Treatment options are based on the individual’s need.

Treatment Options

Hearing Aids: A large number of those with tinnitus also experience some degree of hearing loss. Treating the hearing loss often reduces the perception of tinnitus for the hearing aid wearer, as they are able to focus on the sounds coming in from the hearing device. Furthermore, many hearing aids now offer advanced tinnitus programs, resulting in a less frustrating experience for those with ringing ears.

Sound Therapy: These devices are used to reduce the contrast between silence and Tinnitus.  Depending on the individual’s need, soothing, background, and/or interesting sounds can be used to lessen the impact of tinnitus.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT): TRT is a practice that introduces habituating the body reactions influenced by tinnitus and habituating the perception of tinnitus signal itself.  The goal is to train the brain to block the tinnitus signal, like the brain blocks sounds like fans or refrigerators. It is a one-on-one training counseling and sound therapy that follows a specific habituation protocol.  TRT is a highly effective (>80% success) method for treating tinnitus and hyperacusis.  Dr Kalady is now certified in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) after intensive training with the authorities and founders of TRT, Drs Pawel and Margaret Jastreboff.

Meg Kalady, Au.D.

Audiologist | Dr. Cliff Approved Provider

Dr. Meg Kalady is from the Philadelphia suburbs and has been practicing audiology for the last 30 years. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, and she received her doctorate in audiology in 2012 from AT Still University.

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Dr. Kalady is amazing! I have been wearing hearing aids for 12 years (since my late 50's) and I have never had such an extensive, thorough examination. In addition to being very professional she is also a very good listener. She "hears" your problems and strives to find the very best fit for your hearing needs. It is amazing the adjustments she can make that improve my hearing and give me confidence. I had resigned myself to accepting that my hearing would be a handicap in social situations, missing a lot of what was being said and unable to be a part of the conversations. With her help I can now be a participant again! I highly recommend Kalady Audiology. She's a gem!

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I have had diminished hearing for several years, but was unable to get a satisfactory answer about improving it. My GP recommended Kalady Audiology to me.  Dr. Kalady  did a thorough job of testing my hearing and spent a more than adequate amount of time to explain the various options. I have been using the hearing aids  for several months now and I have found that,  not only is my hearing better, but I no longer have to "drop out" of conversations because I don't want to constantly interrupt and ask for someone to repeat everything. An  excellent experience at the office and definitely a better quality of life.   I highly recommend her.

I’m so glad I used Kalady Audiology for my hearing needs. Dr. Kalady's ability to be fully aware of what my needs were made me feel comfortable through the whole process. Another very important point I’d like to make is that she uses “Best practices” to fit hearing aids. Whoever is reading this please google “best practices” for fitting of hearing aids. Dr. Kalady is the only audiologist I was able to find who does this. It’s extremely important in my opinion. Thank you so much Dr. Kalady. I’m so glad I used your services!!

I am completely stunned by how well I can hear with my new hearing aids. I never thought I would ever hear this well. I can hear clearly everything that is said on TV [men or women] and at a very low volume. My wife is absolutely thrilled with my ability to hear her and the low volume on the TV. My sports car has a totally different sound than it had with my old aids. My old aids made everything sound loud, but it was hard to understand what was being said. Dr. Kalady is the best!

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