Tinnitus is a perception of sound in the ears or head when no external sound source is present. It may be described as ringing, buzzing, roaring, cricket sound, or other combinations of sounds. Many individuals who suffer from tinnitus also suffer from hyperacusis, or an abnormal sensitivity to sound.
It is common for most people have temporary ringing in their ears that is not problematic. However, when the sound is persistent it is important to see an Audiologist experienced in the clinical diagnosis and treatment of this disorder. The most effective treatment is attained when an individual with tinnitus is treated by an interdisciplinary team, including an Audiologist and a Psychologist.
The most common psychological conditions that co-occur with tinnitus include depression and anxiety. In many cases anxiety and depression predate the tinnitus however psychological symptoms can also result from this condition.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective in treating both the symptoms of tinnitus and associated psychological symptoms. This is achieved through strategies that help reduce negative thinking about the symptoms, and curb the tendency to be hyper-focused on the tinnitus sounds. Other strategies commonly employed include goal setting, problem-solving, stimulus control, and relaxation training. Often a combination of medical and psychological treatments can be most effective in reducing the impact of tinnitus on an individual’s life.
At Salus Hearing Centre we have Audiologists and Psychologists that work together to identify the cause of your tinnitus and ensure that you are coping well with your tinnitus. Call us today to book a tinnitus consultation 905-303-HEAR (4327).
*** NEW: Tinnitus Management Group ***
We are excited to announce that we are currently accepting referrals for our new Tinnitus Management Program.
York Region CBT and Salus Hearing Centre have joined together to develop this unique program. Our multi-disciplinary approach combines the clinical expertise of Psychologist Dr. Amanda Beaman and Doctor of Audiology Sabrina DeToma, into a 6-week program.
We have incorporated the latest evidence from both fields into our program which is geared towards helping patients manage the symptoms of tinnitus more effectively. The program incorporates Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness–based approaches, which have both been found to improve the quality of life of people suffering with tinnitus.
Space is limited. For more information and to register for the next group program please visit: