First, What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a medical condition characterized by persistent ringing in one or both ears which can only be heard by the affected individual. It has also been described as whistling, hissing, buzzing, or pulsing in the ear. These sounds may come and go; however, most sufferers experience symptoms 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The effects range from slight annoyance to severe disruption of everyday life. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that over 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus.

Hyperacusis is when some sounds which are of normal loudness to others, are perceived as very loud or annoying.

Tinnitus is associated with hearing loss. Commonly, tinnitus is a result of auditory deprivation, though it can also be caused by other conditions which may require medical evaluation. It is important to understand that in NYS, a hearing aid dispenser is not licensed to treat or manage tinnitus. The only qualified professional to evaluate and offer treatment for tinnitus is an audiologist or physician/medical practitioner. Obtaining a correct diagnosis for the cause of your condition is essential for determining the proper course of tinnitus treatment.

Tinnitus Evaluation at CV Audiology

To ensure your visit with us at Champlain Valley Audiology is as thorough and time-effective as possible, we encourage you to download, print, and fill out our Tinnitus Patient Form at the time you schedule an appointment for a tinnitus evaluation and to bring this form in with you.

Prepare For Your Appointment

When you schedule an appointment with us, please be aware that we will need a variety of basic information from you. This information will include your signs and symptoms, your medical history, and any medications that you are currently taking. Please be prepared to share this information with us so that we can move forward quickly and easily with your evaluation and diagnosis.

Questions We May Ask

  • When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
  • Do you have a known hearing loss condition?
  • What does the noise you hear sound like?
  • Do you hear it in one or both ears?
  • Is the sound continuous or does it come and go?
  • Is the sound worse during the day or night, or is it the same all day long?
  • How loud is the noise?
  • How much does the noise bother you?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
  • Have you been exposed to loud noises recently?
  • Have you ever had an ear disease or head injury?

Process for Being Seen in the Tinnitus Clinic

Step 1: Schedule a Tinnitus/Hyperacusis Evaluation

A thorough tinnitus and hearing exam will be conducted. During this process, Dr. Macner will determine if you have the type of tinnitus which appears to be responsive to sound therapy treatment. Additionally, Dr. Macner will determine if any medical tinnitus evaluation is needed. If so, we will arrange this appointment with an otolaryngologist, otoneurologist, or primary care practitioner after discussing this recommendation with you.

If there is anyone you would like to hear the test results and initial recommendations, you are encouraged to bring this person with you to this appointment.

Step 2: Return for Tinnitus/Hyperacusis Treatment Plan Appointment

A significant amount of information will be discussed at this appointment. A treatment plan will be determined. If there is anyone you would like to be part of this treatment planning, you are encouraged to bring this person with you to this appointment.

Following correct diagnosis, Dr. Macner will discuss all treatment options available for both daytime and nighttime tinnitus disturbance. We do our best to verify your health care insurance benefits for all treatment or management options as a courtesy to you.

We invite you to contact us for information on how to receive an evaluation for you or your loved one.