Tinnitus + Hyperacusis
Treatment and Investigations
Although it is often said that there is no cure for tinnitus, there is hope. There are many proven interventions that can help to reduce symptoms and severity and help patients to lead a normal life. Treatment may involve counselling and mindfulness training, hearing aids, diet and lifestyle changes, sound therapy and in very rare cases surgery may be used. Treatment for hyperacusis uses sound therapy and is very similar to the treatment used for tinnitus.
It is important to undertake a full hearing assessment if you are suffering from tinnitus or hyperacusis. This will allow your audiologist to determine a possible source and to develop a treatment approach. They will also be able to grade the severity of your tinnitus through the use of scientifically-based questionnaires, which can assist with measuring any improvement after interventions. They are then able to connect you with further treatment options and resources if you require it or provide audiological interventions.
You should seek assessment with an audiologist if your tinnitus is:
– A new development
– Changing in volume or pitch
– Worse in one ear
– In combination with balance issues or ear pain
– A low-pitched roaring sound
– Severe and interrupting normal life
– Disrupting your sleep
– Causing you concern