What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus affects approximately 20% of the general population and will more than likely affect every one of us at some stage of our lives. It’s commonly referred to as ‘ringing in the ears’ but what actually is this auditory condition?
Tinnitus is best described as an auditory perception without any relation to external sound.
While there is no cure for tinnitus, it can be greatly reduced and managed with the right help.
Everyone’s experience and level of discomfort with tinnitus varies, which is why it’s so important that your audiologist performs a hearing test and tinnitus assessment so they can correctly determine the best form of treatment and management for you.
What causes Tinnitus?
There are many potential causes for tinnitus, which makes each case and patient completely unique. Some causes include an undiagnosed medical problem, exposure to loud noise, ear problems, viral infections, certain drugs and hearing loss.
While a large percentage of tinnitus sufferers also experience hearing loss, it is not solely an auditory issue. Tinnitus is a combination of audiological, neurological and psychological factors, which is why Attune takes a holistic approach to treatment and management.
You don’t have to feel isolated and frustrated, we have a solution to help you.
Do I need treatment?
If you experience any of the following, you may be require a tinnitus assessment and appropriate treatment.
- Tinnitus with or without associated hearing loss.
- Experiencing sleep disturbance due to tinnitus.
- Finding it hard to relax due to tinnitus.
- Feel your tinnitus is out of control.
- Feel your tinnitus is interfering with your ability to hear.
- Sensitive to moderate or loud sounds.
- Tinnitus is still disturbing after hearing aid fitting.
What is the treatment?
Your Attune audiologist will start by understanding exactly what you are experiencing and the severity of your tinnitus. This will allow them to find the best possible solution for you.
Tinnitus and Hearing Assessment by Attune Audiologist.
Explanation of the auditory and neurological pathways relevant in understanding tinnitus.
Appropriate tinnitus management model as recommended by your audiologist.
Some of the ways we help to treat and manage tinnitus include:
- Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
- Cognitive Behaviour therapy
- Hearing Aids
- Noise/Sound Generators
- Drug Treatment
Treatment and Management
We take a holistic approach to treatment and management by addressing the neurological, psychological and audiological aspects of the condition.
- Management is customised to your individual tinnitus and hearing profile.
- Treatment is comprehensive and non-invasive.
- Treatment is aimed at retraining reversing the connections between the auditory,
- limbic and autonomic nervous system to achieve change.
Your Attune audiologist will be managing every step of your treatment so you never have to worry about feeling confused or alone with your tinnitus again.
What are the next steps?…
- Contact your local Attune Hearing clinic and make an appointment with a qualified audiologist and tinnitus specialist. At this appointment, they will perform a comprehensive hearing test and tinnitus assessment.
- Once your audiologist has your results, they will sit down with you and explain what could be causing or contributing to your tinnitus.
- You will then be recommended a tailored treatment and management plan to start taking control of your tinnitus.