Tinnitus

Tinnitus, while perceived in the ear, actually occurs in the brain. When the delicate hair cells inside the cochlea are damaged or over–stimulated, the result is tinnitus. To date, there is no cure for this condition. The number of people affected is growing fast and statistics show that one in five people suffer from tinnitus.

Although tinnitus is often described as ‘ringing in the ears’, the variety of sounds and combinations that people perceive are as widespread as the condition. The onset and cause is as varied as the sounds people hear. Regardless of how it began and what it sounds like, tinnitus can range from a bothersome condition to a debilitating one, impacting not only the day–to–day lives of the individuals affected, but their families and loved ones as well.

In general, there are three ways to describe a patient’s personal perception of the tinnitus sound:

Tonal Tinnitus: The perception of near-continuous sound (or overlapping sounds) with well-defined frequencies. The perceived volume of the tinnitus often fluctuates. Tonal tinnitus is generally associated with subjective tinnitus.

Pulsatile Tinnitus: The perception of pulsing sounds, often in-beat with the patient’s heartbeat. Pulsatile tinnitus is often associated with objective and somatic tinnitus.

Musical Tinnitus: The perception of music or singing, sometimes the same tune on a constant loop. Also known as Musical Ear Syndrome, Musical Tinnitus is very rare.

Hearing Solutions Tinnitus Evaluation:

  1. Tinnitus loudness matching
  2. Tinnitus Pitch matching
  3. Tinnitus education/counseling
  4. Loudness discomfort level
  5. Minimum masking level

Tinnitus evaluation is done to determine the pitch, loudness of the tinnitus and the minimum level to match the tinnitus. The evaluation process assists in determining the best approach to manage tinnitus. Several approaches to manage tinnitus include:

  1. Counseling
  2. Habituation and Tinnitus Retraining therapy
  3. Hearing aid and tinnitus instruments
  4. Maskers and home masking devices
  5. Stress management
  6. Support and education groups.

There is presently no known cure for tinnitus. However, there are very good, well-established tools and treatments that can significantly reduce the perceived burden of tinnitus. With perseverance and support from trained healthcare professionals, these options can help tinnitus patients — even those with with severe cases of the condition.

There are many, many claims about different products, treatments, services and dietary practices, and their impact on tinnitus. However, very few of these claims have been scientifically proven — or even tested in a clinical setting.

To help patients achieve the best possible treatment, Hearing Solutions only promotes healthcare practices and management tools that have been sufficiently scientifically-validated effective and safe for tinnitus.