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What To Anticipate From A Tinnitus Test From An Audiologist

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Dealing with tinnitus on a regular basis can be stressful and often impede your ability to fully engage in your various activities. Once your tinnitus has reached the point where it is negatively impacting your life, then it is time to undergo a tinnitus test from an audiologist.

When you are looking to have your tinnitus tested and treated, Hearing & Balance Doctors can provide you with the in-depth testing you need to manage your tinnitus.

Review Tinnitus Symptoms With Our Audiologists

If you have never met with one of our doctors of audiology before, we will need you to fill out some paperwork. This paperwork will cover things such as your medical history, insurance company, and contact information.

Depending on your existing medical history, it may help our audiologists determine potential sources of your tinnitus. Some of the potential medical causes of your tinnitus that our audiologist may review with you can be:

  • Meniere’s disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Earwax blockage

Our audiologists may also perform a balance evaluation to see if an issue with your balance may be triggering your tinnitus symptoms.

Have An Audiological Exam

Hearing loss and tinnitus are often strongly connected symptoms. Some researchers have suggested that tinnitus is a natural response of the brain to fill in the loss of sound with internally-generated noise. However, hearing loss is not always present in those with tinnitus.

To rule out hearing loss as the source of your tinnitus, our audiologists will have you take an audiological exam. The exam is actually a series of tests. Generally, the tests you will have are:

  • Air conduction test
  • Bone conduction exam
  • Tympanometry
  • Speech understanding and detection

If it should turn out that you have hearing loss as well as tinnitus, our doctors of audiology can offer you solutions to deal with both issues.

Find Correct Tinnitus Treatment For Your Needs

There are multiple solutions our doctors of audiology can offer you to treat and manage your tinnitus after your tinnitus test is completed. A few of the most common tinnitus treatment options are:

  • Progressive tinnitus management plan – For those with moderate-to-severe tinnitus, our audiologists can design a treatment plan to manage and care for your tinnitus.
  • Hearing aids – Even if you don’t have hearing loss, you can use hearing aids as a wearable sound generator, soothing away your tinnitus. If you do have hearing loss, there are many modern hearing aids which assist with hearing loss as well as come with tinnitus support features.
  • Sound masker – If you prefer not to use tinnitus management devices during the day, our hearing specialists can provide sound masking options which you can use at night to cover up your tinnitus.
  • Tinnitus retraining therapy – To help train your brain to recognize and ignore your tinnitus, our audiologists can help you with tinnitus retraining therapy.

Tinnitus doesn’t have to be something you just learn to live with every day. Contact us and start managing your tinnitus today.

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