Unsure how to manage tinnitus? If you have this symptom, your first step is to consult with an Audiologist who is known to provide tinnitus consultations and who has experience working with patients who have tinnitus.
As an Audiologist, a full hearing assessment and a full intake of your health history will help determine if your tinnitus comes from an acoustic nature or if there may be another medical cause for its presence. This information will help to determine which rehabilitation options are best suited for your specific situation.
Basically, if the cause of tinnitus is stemming from an acoustic source, we could be recommending anything from professional counselling, the use of environmental tinnitus masking strategies, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and sometimes hearing aids as well. Hearing aids is often the quickest way to help your tinnitus, as they help distract your brain from listening to the tinnitus. Seeing that most people with tinnitus also have hearing loss, hearing aids are a common recommendation.
That said, when there is no acoustic evidence that could account for the tinnitus, we have to look at the health history and see if there is anything physical or medical that could explain why the tinnitus is present. Sometimes it can be as simple as a stressful event in your life that ended up triggering the tinnitus. Other times there are concerns that require medical attention, or perhaps even the help of other health professionals such as Physiotherapists, especially if the cause of the tinnitus seems to be physical (jaw-related problems for example). Sometimes, a combination of multiple rehabilitation solutions is recommended as well.
Regardless of the cause, there is always something that can be recommended to help treat and manage your tinnitus. Your first step is always to consult with an Audiologist for a Complete Hearing Assessment and Tinnitus Consultation.