Clinique GOTM now offers in-home audiology services, which are particularly useful if you suffer from tinnitus. Our audiologists will travel to your home or workplace in Montreal, Laval, Longueuil, the South Shore, and the North Shore.
Tinnitus affects many people and can greatly hinder their quality of life. However, there are ways to deal with tinnitus. First and foremost, you need to consult an audiologist, a professional hearing specialist.
What is tinnitus?
An individual is affected by tinnitus when they hear a sound when no external stimulus causes it. This audible interference varies from one person to another: buzzing, hissing, ringing, etc. The sound is generally constant and can be heard in one or both ears.
Tinnitus can be a temporary condition, caused by a loud sound or music on full blast, or it can become a chronic issue.
Keep in mind that chronic tinnitus is a problem that will not go away. However, there are techniques that can help you reduce your perception of tinnitus and limit its effects on your daily life. First, you need to find the causes of your tinnitus by consulting a qualified audiologist.
The causes of tinnitus
Chronic tinnitus is not a disease, merely the symptom of a hearing problem. It can be caused by a variety of factors, such as:
- A prolonged exposure to noise, whether for work or leisure
- Obstruction of the auditory canal
- Infections affecting the auditory system, such as otitis
- Certain health problems
- Certain medications
- An injury
Because aging is a major cause of hearing impairment, senior citizens are more at risk of suffering from tinnitus. People who are often exposed to loud noises as part of their job are also at risk, such as construction workers, those in the music industry, manufacturing plant workers, or anyone else who works in noisy environments such as restaurants, clubs, etc.
When should you consult a professional?
If you suffer from chronic tinnitus that affects your daily life, you should think about consulting a professional.
Tinnitus can quickly become annoying and impair your ability to focus. It can also increase your risk of depression.
Thankfully, tinnitus can be alleviated with the help of qualified professionals. They can help you with techniques that reduce your perception of tinnitus and limit its impact on your life.
How an audiologist can help
An audiologist is a hearing and communications specialist. In Quebec, audiologists are members of the Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec. They can be consulted for any kind of hearing problem, including deafness and even vestibular disorders (vertigo). Audiologists can also provide excellent advice to anyone who needs hearing aids.
In the case of tinnitus, consulting an audiologist will help you assess the causes of your problem. In some cases, an audiologist can refer you to an ENT specialist who can find out if your tinnitus is caused by a medical condition.
When tinnitus is caused by hearing damage, an audiologist will be able to recommend strategies tailored to their client’s needs and lifestyle habits. One example is the “sound enrichment” technique, whereby the individual uses background noise in their environment to reduce their perception of tinnitus.
A hearing aid can also help. In these cases, an audiologist will recommend a hearing test and help their client in the choice of their hearing aid.
Tinnitus is a common problem that must be addressed by a hearing specialist before it has a negative impact on your daily life. Audiologists are there for you and can recommend strategies that will help you cope with this problem.