Before treating Tinnitus              

Before your hearing care provider can treat your Tinnitus, they’ll want you to complete a hearing assessment to find out what may be causing it in the first place. Your Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist will also want to know if you have any level of hearing loss.

It’s a fact that most people with Tinnitus also have some degree of hearing loss.

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Your hearing healthcare practitioner will want to know things like… 

  • How long have you been experiencing Tinnitus symptoms?
  • Is it constant?
  • How loud or severe is it?
  • Is it worse at certain times of the day or during certain activities?
  • What kind of sound is it?
  • How irritating is it and does it affect your day to day activities?
  • Does the sound change?

Answers to questions like these will help your Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist better evaluate your condition. They will also ask you about your medical history and about any medications you may be taking, as these can contribute to your Tinnitus symptoms.

If your hearing care professional can pinpoint a specific cause attributed to an external activity or medication, treatment may consist of eliminating or reducing that activity or treating any underlying medical conditions first as means of managing your Tinnitus.

Your Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist may need to refer you to an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Specialist or your family doctor for further assessment.

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How to manage Tinnitus treatment?

Speak with your Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Practitioner about your treatment options.

Hearing Aids

If you have Tinnitus and are diagnosed with hearing loss, hearing aids can help you manage annoying symptoms.

Many hearing aid models are equipped with Tinnitus therapy features that include a built-in masker, producing sounds that suppress symptoms.

Masking Devices

Tinnitus masking devices are worn in the ear like hearing aids. They produce low-level white noise that suppresses symptoms by literally distracting the brain from the sounds of Tinnitus, much like hearing aids do with built-in masking features.

White noise machines

These machines produce a variety of sounds and can be used at night to help minimise the sounds of Tinnitus. When it’s most quiet, Tinnitus symptoms can feel more intense. Some machines come with pillow speakers to help you sleep.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helps you identify and change any negative thinking towards Tinnitus, which can influence your perception of your symptoms and its effects on your life. Stress and anxiety often intensify Tinnitus symptoms.

According to the Canadian Academy of Audiology, “CBT has been shown to be very effective in reducing tinnitus distress.”

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Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is a Tinnitus management protocol that combines sound therapy with educational counselling. The goal of a TRT program is to minimise your awareness of your Tinnitus symptoms in the hopes that you’ll retrain the neural networks of your brain that are responsible for Tinnitus detection.

Tinnitus treatment optionsTRT is recognised and covered by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC).

Progressive Tinnitus Management (PTM)

PTM is dubbed a ‘stepped care’ approach. Progressive Tinnitus Management recognises that each person won’t need the same level of care to manage their Tinnitus and that some patients may need more than just a hearing evaluation and/or hearing aids.

Some patients may need ‘Skills Education,’ which is provided by a hearing care professional and a psychologist who uses CBT as a foundation for coping strategies.

Hearing Solutions can help you manage your Tinnitus

Hearing Solutions’ Audiology professionals can help by providing free hearing tests to assess and help diagnose your Tinnitus. They’ll also provide their expert advice on how you can manage your Tinnitus.

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