Tinnitus Assessment: What to Expect
Purpose: Determine the health of the outer, middle, and inner ear system through a thorough diagnostic hearing examination.
We use an otoscope to visualize your outer ear and ear canal and remove any wax, if necessary. You can see inside your own ear, too!
What we like to call the “boring beeps”. It’s a standard measurement to identify the type (conductive, sensorineural, or mixed), shape, and degree of your hearing loss (normal, mild, moderate, severe, and profound or a mixture of several based on frequency). Don’t worry, we’ll pick a stimulus so you can separate our exam sounds from your tinnitus.
A variety of speech measurements to assess your speech understanding abilities in quiet and in noise at various volumes.
Depending on your history and various exam scores, it may be necessary to measure your eardrum movement and acoustic reflex pathways.
Depending on your needs, a full tinnitus measurement may be performed. We will pitch and loudness match your tinnitus and determine your brain’s reaction to certain stimuli.
Based on your test results and your tinnitus perception, we will discuss options that are appropriate for you. Counseling for tinnitus can vary significantly based on each individual’s needs. You are as much a part of this decision as we are. We will learn more about your lifestyle, desires, and preferences and make recommendations to get you back to living your best life. Tinnitus is typically a chronic condition but it CAN be managed through a variety of techniques. We will teach you about your options- there is hope! We will also make any appropriate referrals to other healthcare partners, if necessary.