Tinnitus is the perception of sound within the ear(s) or head in the absence of corresponding external sound. Many people describe tinnitus as a buzzing, ringing, or hissing sound that is constant or happens in short spurts. It is a symptom that can result from a wide range of underlying causes, but most often hearing loss.
The outcome of experiencing tinnitus and/or hearing loss is often associated with feelings of embarrassment, irritability, stress, depression, low self-esteem, frustration, impaired memory and isolation, just to name a few. Tinnitus can also affect a person’s concentration and sleep patterns negatively affecting one’s physical and psychological wellbeing.
There are those of us who experience tinnitus and those of us who suffer from tinnitus. This distinction is of great importance and should be diagnosed by a certified Audiologist. An audiologist will also be able to provide tinnitus counselling and management strategies. Hearing Loss and Tinnitus can be devastating to one’s overall wellbeing and if suspected should not be ignored. There is help available.
If you have tinnitus there are many effective management strategies that can be used individually or in combination. Your Audiologist can provide you with the information you need to help you to manage your tinnitus.
A tinnitus evaluation determines whether someone is experiencing tinnitus or suffering from the effects of tinnitus. Included in the evaluation are the following;
It is important to complete a full tinnitus evaluation to identify possible causes, stresses or triggers which affect one’s perception of tinnitus. At Hearing Institute Atlantic we provide a patient centered approach to managing tinnitus including today’s leading technology, sound devices and counselling support. We will individually craft a plan of intervention to alleviate the negative affects of tinnitus, with a goal to support positive mental health and overall wellness.