Tinnitus is the perception of a sound that has no external source. Some of the more common sounds reported are: ringing, humming, buzzing, and cricket-like. Initially, you will complete a diagnostic hearing evaluation. Next, tinnitus will be assessed and measured when possible. You will be asked to match the pitch and volume of your tinnitus. Once matched, we can then determine if masking would allow for inhibition. Inhibition is something that restrains, blocks or suppresses. Tinnitus test results will be discussed and determine if treatment options or management techniques can be completed through audiology or through another specialty (primary care physician, Neurologist, Cardiologist, Otolaryngologist, Psychiatrist).
You can try sound soothing devices found in your local electronics department or purchased through our practice. These devices produce sounds such as: waves crashing on the shoreline, rain in the rain forest, birds chirping in the morning time, etc which are helpful for distracting and reducing stress levels caused by tinnitus.