Step 1: Evaluating your tinnitus
A tinnitus evaluation determines the presence and severity of a person’s tinnitus and the appropriate tinnitus treatment options and management strategies. A comprehensive hearing assessment is needed before a tinnitus evaluation can take place. The following components are included in a tinnitus evaluation:
- Extensive Case History
- Tinnitus Questionnaire(s)
- Tinnitus Pitch Matching (when necessary)
- Tinnitus Loudness Matching (when necessary)
- Recommendations and counselling
Step 2: Managing your tinnitus
Although there is no cure for tinnitus, it can often be successfully managed by one of, or a combination of, the treatment options below:
- Even if your hearing is normal, the use of hearing aids can dramatically improve your perception of your tinnitus. Amplifying environmental sounds allows your brain to redirect it's attention towards other important sounds and away from the sound of your bothersome tinnitus.
- Widex Zen Therapy
- This technology uses fractal tones via hearing aids to reduce tinnitus awareness, promote relaxation, and break the tinnitus-stress cycle.
- Several programming options are available ensuring individual needs are met.
- Sound Therapy
- By use of a sound machine, tinnitus sufferers can avoid silence and mask the sound of their bothersome tinnitus. Sound machines typically offer a variety of nature sounds and can be used with a pillow speaker for tinnitus management during sleep.
- Counselling and Education
- Your certified audiologist will educate you on the auditory system, the results of your assessment and how it relates to your particular tinnitus. Following the appropriate medical clearance, counselling will focus on reassurance, de-emphasizing irrational and maladaptive thoughts and habituation through the various treatment and management options.
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