Please find below our most commonly asked questions regarding tinnitus and our tinnitus services. If you do not find what you are looking for we are always happy to answer your questions. Please call us or use the contact form on the left of this page to get in touch.
I’ve been told there’s nothing that can be done about my tinnitus. Can you help me?
Almost all tinnitus is treatable. It is very rare to have tinnitus that cannot at least be significantly improved. In the past, it was thought that tinnitus was permanent and that patients had to ‘learn to live with it’, but new research shows this is not true. It has taken time for this message to reach health professionals, so even if you have been told previously that your tinnitus cannot be helped, we recommend you see one of our tinnitus specialists.
Can I wear hearing aids if I have tinnitus?
Yes. In fact, hearing aids often improve tinnitus and can be an important part of treatment. This is because one of the main causes of tinnitus is hearing loss. Treating the hearing loss with hearing aids can dramatically improve tinnitus.
Do I need a referral from a doctor for a tinnitus assessment?
No, you do not need a referral from a doctor to see an audiologist for a tinnitus assessment. We will ask for your doctor’s details at the appointment, but this is just so we can send them a copy of your test results. If you do not want us to contact your doctor please just let us know.
Are there any rebates available for tinnitus assessments?
Yes, if you are referred by your GP to us on a complex care plan or an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon or Neurologist has referred you to us there are some Medicare rebates available. Please be aware that the cost of seeing your GP or an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon can be more expensive than the amount Medicare will rebate, so unless you already have one of these referrals we do not suggest you get one.
If you are a member of a private health fund, you may be eligible for a rebate on an assessment or on treatment equipment. Please contact your health fund directly to see if you qualify for any rebates.
Regardless of which health fund you are with, you can still see Hearing and Audiology, and as long as your insurance covers hearing assessments or treatment equipment, you are eligible for that rebate.
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