Tinnitus is a common condition involving the hearing of noises, ringing, humming, whistling, roaring or buzzing in the absence of external sound. Tinnitus isn’t a disease in itself, but a symptom which can have many different causes.
Causes and Effects of Tinnitus
Tinnitus can develop from a range of different causes including exposure to loud noises, stress, trauma, earwax, hearing loss, problems with the inner ear and some medications. Tinnitus will often fluctuate over time, changing in pitch and severity. Fluctuations in tinnitus may be affected by environmental factors including stress.
Managing your Tinnitus Distress
Professor Tony Paolini is a psychologist and hearing scientist, internationally recognised researcher in the field of hearing who has worked with the developers of the bionic ear including Professor Graeme Clark. He lead the Auditory Clinical Neuroscience Unit during his time working at the Bionic Ear Institute. For over 20 years, he has undertaken significant research to understand how we hear and what happens when things go wrong.
If you suffer from tinnitus distress, please consult the ISN Clinic for management of your condition. At ISN clinic we use predominately cognitive behavioural approaches to help alleviate the distress of tinnitus and help manage oversensitivity to sounds (Hyperacusis).
Tinnitus can cause distress, anxiety, irritability, interference with sleep, poor concentration and depression.
There is currently no cure for tinnitus, however, psychological intervention can be useful in teaching clients to adjust and cope with tinnitus. The latest research indicates that anxiety impacts upon the brain’s noise cancellation systems. Therefore, at the ISN Clinic we focus on the link between tinnitus and anxiety, using psychological techniques to alleviate distress associated with tinnitus utilising evidence based practices.
Book an appointment with Professor Paolini for direct management. Professor Paolini will provide you the initial consultation and assessment (typically 1.5 hours) to provide you strategies to assist alleviate tinnitus distress. This can be followed by subsequent sessions (typically 50 min) as required. Please call to discuss fees.
Please contact ISN Clinic via email or by phone above.