What is tinnitus?

Are you hearing ringing, whistling, hissing, buzzing, or pulsing sounds?

Tinnitus is the name given to the sensation of noises in the head and or ears. Tinnitus can begin at any age. Although it does not mean that you have hearing loss, many people with hearing loss complain about tinnitus. According to the Tinnitus Association of Canada, there are more than 360,000 Canadians that suffer from this condition. Within that group, 150,000 report that these noises seriously impair their enjoyment of life.

Tinnitus is a symptom, NOT a disease.  The most common causes of tinnitus are a blow to the head, infection, noise exposure, prescription drugs, too much ear wax, whiplash injury, any kind of emotional/physical stress, or in many cases there is no known cause.

Can tinnitus be cured?

While there are many researchers working hard to find a cure, there is no known cure for tinnitus. Even though there is no cure for tinnitus, it does not mean there is no help or no hope – you are not doomed!

How we can help!

Our Doctors of Audiology, Paige Pierozynski and Bernice McKenzie have extensive training and years of experience with evaluating and managing tinnitus.  It is their belief that most people with tinnitus have needs that are not being addressed in a proper manner.  We understand that everyone’s tinnitus is unique and every individual reacts to having tinnitus in a different way.  Here at The Hearing & Dizziness Clinic we practice flexibility and treat each person and their tinnitus as an individual.  We have the tools to provide the necessary education, counseling, sound/acoustic therapy to each individual and will monitor and evaluate your progress towards managing your tinnitus.

Comprehensive Tinnitus Management Program

The tinnitus evaluations are a 2 hour appointment and will consist of:

  • Detailed case history including standardized questionnaires
  • Otoscopic examination
  • Diagnostic hearing assessment
    – Pure tone air and bone conduction testing
    – Tympanometry and Acoustic Reflex testing
    – Word Discrimination (in quiet and in background noise)
  • Tinnitus Pitch / Loudness Matching
  • White Noise Threshold
  • Minimum Masking Levels
  • Residual Inhibition

Once the evaluation has been completed, we will review your test results and provide in-depth tinnitus counseling and education.  Based on your case history and test results, our tinnitus management recommendations will be made.

To schedule a tinnitus evaluation with our Doctors of Audiology, please contact our clinic.