Do you ever experience sounds such as ringing, buzzing, roaring, or humming in your head?
These sounds are known as tinnitus and almost everyone experiences these sounds from time to time, however, when they do not go away they can become bothersome. Just like hearing loss and diabetes, tinnitus is typically a chronic condition. So while it is true that tinnitus cannot be cured, it can be managed through education and training. At The Audiology METHOD we use evidence-based individual and group rehabilitation to help you take control of your tinnitus so it stops controlling you.
What should you expect during your tinnitus evaluation?
- Reviewing your detailed case history
- Completing questionnaires evaluating your reaction to your tinnitus
- Tinnitus is the #1 symptom of hearing loss. A baseline hearing evaluation will be performed
- Tests to match the pitch and loudness of your tinnitus.
- Measures of your eardrum function, outer hair cell function, and acoustic reflexes as needed
- Hearing test of additional high pitches, as needed
How do we help you manage your tinnitus?
If you have hearing loss, treating your hearing loss will be recommended as part of your tinnitus management plan. Period. It is like having a broken arm. If you go to the doctor and get medication for your broken arm it may feel a little better for a period of time but you still have a broken arm. We must treat the hearing loss so that we can begin to successfully manage the tinnitus.
Everyone reacts to tinnitus differently which means everyone needs an individualized treatment plan tailored specifically to them. Some patients, just upon being educated on tinnitus, find relief. Others find more targeted strategies such as environmental distractors, sound therapy, group rehabilitation, and cognitive behavioral therapy beneficial. Many patients benefit from a combination of several of these strategies. Occasionally tinnitus can be treated medically and when this is discovered during the evaluation, a medical referral is given.