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
Whilst clients will engage predominantly with one therapist, tinnitus cases will be reviewed by the psychology team, including Professor Tony Paolini. Professor 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.
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.
No Fee Tinnitus clinic
ISN Clinic offers a free tinnitus clinic option though our community clinic where supervised Provisional Psychologists can assist you with managing your tinnitus distress. All our Provisional Psychologists are registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Our Provisional Psychologists meet with their clinical supervisors to manage your case. Professor Paolini will be involved as part of the broader clinical management team for tinnitus. The supervising Clinical Psychologists are very experienced academics who are in tune with the latest in evidence based approachers, training the next generation of Clinical Psychologists. ISN also offer their Provisional Psychologists specific skills to help manage tinnitus distress and Hyperacusis.
Low Cost Option
Initial Cost + Subsequent Sessions free
Book an initial appointment with Professor Paolini together with a Provisional Psychologist. Professor Paolini will provide you the initial consultation and assessment. Subsequent sessions will be undertaken in our free tinnitus clinic by the Provisional Psychologist (under supervision of a Clinical Psychologist) to assist you with managing your tinnitus distress.
Full Fee Paid Clinic Option
Book an appointment with Professor Paolini for direct management, please call to discuss fees.
Please contact ISN Clinic via email or by phone above.