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TINNITUS ASSESSMENT

Tinnitus usually starts out as a harmless buzzing sound. Perhaps you only hear it once in awhile, but too often it grows into something unbearable. It can keep you from focusing at work, home, and even prevent you from enjoying a good night’s sleep.

What is Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the perception of noise or sounds in the head or ears in the absence of an actual stimulus. In other words, you hear sounds that aren’t there. Tinnitus is associated with many different medical pathologies, ranging in severity from hearing loss and acoustic trauma to closed head injury, disease processes, etc.

What Treatments Do We Offer

Since the cause of tinnitus can vary from person to person, you’ll be provided with all appropriate treatment options for your individual tinnitus issues at the time of the evaluation.

We only offer treatment options that have strong research demonstrating clinical effectiveness over the placebo effect. In short, our clinic will provide you with solutions that have proven effective at managing tinnitus. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (using ear-level sound equipment of various types) is one potential option available. Other possible approaches include Environmental Sound Sculpting, Tinnitus Hearing Aids, Tinnitus Sound Devices. We also can help to adapt iPods, iPads, and iPhones to stream sound therapy into ear-level units.

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What to Expect in a Tinnitus Evaluation

A specially-trained Doctor of Audiology will evaluate your medical history, symptoms, collect some information on the severity of the tinnitus and how you are affected by it. They will perform a thorough tinnitus evaluation in the sound booth including hearing, middle ear function, and otoacoustic emissions testing.

The assessment will take approximately 120 minutes to allow ample time for an explanation of the results and discussion of the options for treatment.

Who to Bring

It’s recommended you bring a friend or family member to the appointments, who can help with listening and remembering what we discuss. Tinnitus patients are often sleep deprived, anxious, and overwhelmed. This fatigue can significantly impair their memory.

The Testing Assessment

You will be asked to complete a sound-treated booth evaluation including auditory thresholds, tinnitus matching evaluation for pitch and volume, LDL (loudness discomfort test), and possibly other criteria.

You will be tested using tympanometry to assess middle ear function and eardrum health. You may be tested using Otoacoustic Emissions equipment to check the cochlear cell function. We may also include other tests as deemed necessary to assess the function of the outer, middle, and inner auditory systems.

The tinnitus will be masked using narrowband noise to determine its tractability and potential value in particular treatment program options. The testing is comfortable and will not cause any pain.

What to Bring

Please bring current insurance information, a list of current medications, any previous hearing tests or auditory test results.

Why wait? You don’t have to live with hearing loss.

Why wait? You don’t have to live with hearing loss.

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