Our Tinnitus Program
The goal of our program is to evaluate and help you habituate your tinnitus so it will no longer affect your daily life in a negative way.
The first step toward combating tinnitus is a hearing evaluation. This can either be done here at our office, or provided by another audiologist you have seen in the past 6 months. After your hearing results are reviewed, our audiologist will determine if you are a candidate for our program. If approved as a candidate, initial counseling will be provided and a future appointment will be scheduled to discuss potential treatments and solutions.
During your second appointment, our audiologist will walk you through the various options available. If you decide to pursue treatment, we will discuss the best options and create a habituation plan. The first step in habituation is to make it so your tinnitus is not the primary sound you hear. Therefore, solutions will vary greatly depending on the patient and their specific concerns.
1. What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present. While it is commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears,” tinnitus can manifest many different perceptions of sound, including buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, and clicking. Tinnitus can be both an acute (temporary) condition or a chronic (ongoing) health malady.
2. What causes tinnitus?
Tinnitus is not a disease in-and-of itself, but rather a symptom of some other underlying health condition. In most cases, tinnitus is a sensorineural reaction in the brain to damage the in auditory system.
While tinnitus is often associated with hearing loss, there are roughly 200 different health disorders that can generate tinnitus as a symptom. Below is a list of some of the most common catalysts for tinnitus:
Head and Neck Trauma
Ototoxic drugs such as certain antibiotics, cancer medications,
and anti-inflammatory drugs
3. What type of testing is used to determine tinnitus?
There are a number of ways tinnitus is tested. We first look at a hearing test to determine if there is a clear marker for hearing loss related to hair-cell damage. DPOAEs are then preformed in order to show us the extent of the damage. Tinnitus matching is also used to characterize the tone and pitch of the sound you are hearing.
4. How is tinnitus treated?
Some types of tinnitus require a long-term solutions, and others can be resolved relatively quickly. Treatment at our office is accomplished through many different routes including sound therapy, hearing aids, masking, behavioral therapies, and general wellness counseling