Tinnitus is the term for noises, which are heard in the ears or in the head. It may be described as a buzzing, ringing, whistling, hissing and or many other sounds. Tinnitus is a natural phenomenon experienced by 90 percent or more of the general population.
Hyperacusis is the term for when people experience an increased sensitivity to loud sounds. They typically find that moderate sounds are uncomfortably loud.
"There are two parts to hearing. There is volume- I can hear that you are saying something, and then there is clarity- I understand what you are saying. The majority of people with hearing loss can hear just fine. It's the clarity, the understanding and the understanding in background noise that we really need to work on." - Dr. Maresca
Hearing loss happens so slowly, most people do not even realize that they have hearing loss. The American Academy of Audiology recommends that you have your hearing tested every year. "Communication is the key to life and keeping relationships strong."
Welcome to the practice of
Dr. Elena L. Maresca. Specializing in Hearing, Hearing Aids, Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Management. With sixteen years of experience, we are committed to excellence in patient care. Providing patients with the latest technological advances and management of all hearing disorders.
Click here to take Oticon's online hearing test
Click here to read more about musician plugs, digitally enhanced ear buds and in the ear monitoring systems
I suffered from tinnitus for 25 years & hyperacusis for 20. I suffered from the ringing, the sensitivity, the pain, the anxiety for years & it was awful. That is until I started treatment with Dr. Maresca. For the first time she gave me hope that I could feel better & get my life back. No more avoiding social situations, parties & weddings where there would be music, movies, driving with the car windows down or using the car radio, complaining if my friends & family were being 'too noisy'. My whole life had been adjusted so that I would not be in pain & that my tinnitus would get worse. I created a silent world where I turned within & resigned myself to the fact that I would have to live that way forever.
When I heard about Dr. Maresca & the Tinnitus/Hyperacusis Management program my friends & family urged me to try it but I was still skeptical. How could ringing & sensitivity that had been there for over 20 years ever get better? In just one visit with Dr. Maresca I was so pleased & for the first time, hopeful. She was empathetic & showed me that she understood all of my problems. Her talks with me were informative & I really learned a lot about what had been happening in my ears & how it would be treated. She gave me goals & also the confidence to believe that I would reach them.
I have only been in treatment for a few months now but the change has been extraordinary. My tinnitus is an afterthought even though I am still working on it but the sensitivity in my ears is almost all gone. It's like someone turned down the volume on the world to a level that is finally comfortable for me but of course the change has come from the Tinnitus/Hyperacusis Management Program. I am able to go places & do things that I have not done for years. My friends & family have noticed a positive change & now when we're all watching a movie I'M the one asking THEM to turn it up! I look forward to my life now with hope instead of anxiety & I look forward to all of the things I will be able to do now that my hearing is no longer the issue it once was.
If you know the suffering of which I speak, don't hesitate to make an appointment with Dr. Maresca to learn more about TRT & how it can improve your life. She is professional & friendly, her office staff is wonderful & if you're anything like me, I can promise you your life will never be the same."
- Kristi F.
Tinnitus Support Group Meeting
Panera Bread in Port Jefferson Station