Tinnitus Management

The Ear & Audiology Clinic

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a condition characterized by the perception of noise or ringing in the ears, where there is no external sound source. People with tinnitus may hear various sounds, such as ringing, buzzing, hissing, clicking, or roaring. These sounds can be constant or intermittent and may vary in intensity and do require proper Tinnitus Management through professionals.

Tinnitus is not a disease itself but rather a symptom of an underlying issue. It can be associated with a variety of causes, including:

  • Age-related hearing loss:

    As people age, the sensitivity of the hearing cells in the inner ear can diminish, leading to tinnitus.

  • Exposure to loud noises:

    Prolonged exposure to loud noises, such as those in certain occupations or from recreational activities like concerts or shooting ranges, can damage the auditory system and contribute to tinnitus.

  • Earwax blockage:

    Accumulation of earwax can cause hearing loss and, in some cases, tinnitus.

  • Ear or sinus infections:

    Infections affecting the ear or sinuses can sometimes result in tinnitus.

  • Certain medications:

    Some medications, particularly those that are ototoxic (harmful to the ear), can cause tinnitus as a side effect.

  • Head or neck injuries:

    Trauma to the head or neck can impact the auditory system and lead to tinnitus.

  • Medical conditions:

    Certain health conditions, such as Meniere's disease, high blood pressure, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, may be associated with tinnitus.

  • Stress and fatigue:

    Emotional stress and fatigue can exacerbate existing tinnitus or contribute to its onset.

It’s important to note that while tinnitus itself is not a disease, it can significantly affect a person’s quality of life. If you experience persistent or bothersome tinnitus, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional, such as an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist or an Audiologist, to determine the underlying cause and explore potential treatment options.

How Can The Ear And Audiology Clinic Help With Tinnitus Management?

The Ear & Audiology Clinic plays a crucial role in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of tinnitus. Our Audiologists, who specialize in hearing and balance disorders, are often involved in helping individuals with tinnitus. Here are ways in which the ear and audiology clinic can assist with tinnitus management:

Evaluation and Diagnosis:

  • Audiological Assessment:

    Audiologists conduct a comprehensive hearing evaluation to assess the individual's hearing function and determine if there is any hearing loss associated with tinnitus.

  • Tinnitus Pitch and Loudness Matching:

    Audiologists use specialized tests to identify the pitch and loudness of the perceived tinnitus sounds, providing valuable information for treatment planning.

  • Educational Counseling:

    Audiologists provide education about tinnitus, helping individuals understand the condition, its potential causes, and the mechanisms involved.

    Counseling sessions may include discussions on the impact of tinnitus on daily life, coping strategies, and stress management.

  • Medication Management:

    In some cases, medications may be prescribed to alleviate symptoms associated with tinnitus, such as anxiety or insomnia. This is typically done in consultation with a healthcare provider.

  • Follow-up and Support:

    Regular follow-up appointments allow audiologists to monitor progress, make adjustments to treatment plans, and provide ongoing support to individuals dealing with tinnitus.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):

    Audiologists may collaborate with mental health professionals to provide CBT for tinnitus. This therapeutic approach addresses the emotional and psychological aspects of tinnitus, helping individuals change negative thought patterns and reactions.

  • Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT):

    TRT is a specialized form of therapy that combines sound therapy and counselling to help individuals habituate to the perception of tinnitus over time.

  • Sound Therapy:

    Sound therapy involves the use of external sounds to mask or reduce the perception of tinnitus. This can include white noise, nature sounds, or customized soundscapes.

    Hearing aids with built-in sound generators may be recommended for individuals with hearing loss and tinnitus.

  • Management of Underlying Conditions:

    If tinnitus is associated with an underlying medical condition, the ear and audiology clinic may work in conjunction with other healthcare specialists to address the root cause.

It’s important to consult with healthcare professionals, including audiologists, to determine the most suitable approach for tinnitus management based on individual needs and circumstances. Tinnitus management is often multifaceted, and a personalized treatment plan may involve a combination of these strategies.

Our Services

By offering these services, we significantly contribute to the overall well-being of Ontario residents, fostering a healthier and more connected community. It’s essential for residents to be proactive about their hearing health and seek professional assistance when needed.

Our Client’s Travel from the cities of Toronto, Scarborough, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Port Perry, Port Hope, Uxbridge, and Scugog To Receive Tinnitus Management From Our Registered Audiologist.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tinnitus Management

A trial with hearing aids can be the best first step for tinnitus when hearing loss is present. The hearing aids can also be programmed to provide sound therapy for tinnitus. Your audiologist will provide counselling and will recommend other steps of the program if the hearing aids do not provide the desired benefit.

Although there is no cure for tinnitus, researchers have discovered several treatments that may give you some relief. Not every treatment works for everyone, so you may need to try several to find the ones that help.