Tinnitus Treatment Perth
Specialists for Tinnitus Treatment
Anyone suffering from the condition knows that tinnitus is more than just a random ringing in the ears – it’s a disruptive sensation that can affect your quality of life or be a sign of something far more pressing. Whether you suffered an injury, were exposed to loud noises, or your ear ringing seemingly started out of thin air, it’s important to get proper, timely treatment.
Tinnitus treatment depends on the cause of the tinnitus. The good news is that in some cases, the root cause can be easily addressed by an audiologist. In other instances, you may be referred to another provider for more robust treatment.
Almost all ear ringing can be effectively treated and improved. Even if you’ve been told in the past that nothing can be done to help, consider visiting our expert team at Hearing and Audiology. Our staff is well-versed in the latest treatments, many of which have emerged over the last 10 years.
One of our local hearing specialists will assess you using state of the art diagnostic tools. As we determine the cause of your ear ringing and craft a treatment plan especially for you, we keep customer comfort and satisfaction a top priority. Call us on (08) 9388 8003 to schedule an appointment at one of our many locations across Western Australia.
Is tinnitus treatment worthwhile?
There’s absolutely no reason for you to have to put up with the buzzing, ringing, or hissing sounds in your ears. With modern developments in hearing care, it is highly unlikely that you can’t be helped in some way.
Beyond general annoyance, tinnitus can also be a sign of something more detrimental to your health. Leaving it unchecked or undiagnosed could lead to worsening conditions over time or allow the root cause to spiral into something more problematic. Consider that some of the most common causes of ear ringing include:
- Prolonged exposure to loud noises
- Chronic ear infections
- Overall hearing loss
- Ear canal blockages
- Underlying cardiovascular issues
- Hormone or thyroid irregularities
What Perth tinnitus treatments are available?
Since the causes for ear ringing can vary, the treatments (and who can provide them) will vary, too. Some causes, such as wax blocking the eardrum, can be treated by an audiologist. If the cause is medical, such as a heart or circulation issue, you will be referred on to a GP for treatment.
In cases where the cause is more complex, tinnitus treatment can focus on managing or reducing symptoms to reduce or eliminate it’s disruption in your daily life. If general hearing loss is contributing to your ear ringing, an audiologist may recommend treating it in parallel to your existing condition.
Treatments offered by the team at Hearing and Audiology throughout Western Australia include:
- Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT): Helps the body adjust to its reactions and perceptions of ear ringing. TRT consists of two basic components: one-on-one counselling for auditory retraining and regular sound therapy using sound generators.
- Neuromonics: Uses acoustic stimuli and music to relax the limbic system and retrain neural pathways. The process typically involves a sound generator with customized programming and counseling.
- Sound Generators: Induces better sleep and ear ringing relief by producing sounds that counter and/or combat tinnitus. These are off-the-shelf devices designed by sleep and sound experts.
- Lyric: Lyric sits deep within the ear canal worn 24/7 delivering high quality sound that reduces tinnitus perception. Various hearing aid products are available through consultation with an audiologist.
- Ear level devices: Devices worn at ear level provide sound where hearing is affected with masking options.
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: New treatment designed to reduce neural pathways and reduce perception.
How long does Perth tinnitus treatment take?
There’s no set answer to this since every person’s body and responsiveness to treatment will be different. The cause of the ear ringing can also come into play. If you have an underlying heart condition, like high blood pressure, that’s contributing to ear ringing, then your treatment and recovery could take longer as both issues are addressed in tandem.
In general, the biggest changes to your tinnitus perception when undertaking the therapy occur in the first 1 to 6 weeks. When being treated with TRT, you can expect to experience results (and relief!) within 12 to 24 months. When recommended a sound generator or similar device, you’ll probably use it daily at set times, often before going to sleep. Treatment for broader hearing loss can also vary, but the use of a hearing aid can drastically improve outcomes and are worn daily.
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How much does tinnitus treatment cost in Perth?
Each approach to treating ear ringing comes with its own plan, procedures, equipment, and approach. These all contribute to the varied costs of treatment. You can ask your provider for more exact costs once you have an initial evaluation and diagnosis. However, the table below provides an overview of general expenses per treatment.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)
Some hearing conditions qualify for a government subsidy please contact our office for further details. This means zero out of pocket expenses for you while addressing, and likely eliminating, your ear ringing. These are outlined in the Hearing Services Administration Act 1997 and include specific groups of veterans, youth, indigenous populations, and disabled persons and their dependents. Just be sure to confirm eligibility with your provider.
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How to choose the right audiologist
It can seem daunting to decide to tackle ear ringing, and many people don’t know where to start. Booking a consultation with a trained and accredited audiologist can kick off your care plan the right way. When you call to make an appointment, ask what is included in the initial meeting. You should be working with someone who can evaluate your hearing and offer a diagnosis with an action plan.
You can also look up reviews for an audiology practice online to see what other customers have to say about their experience. Look for a clinic that has a shining reputation in customer service and satisfaction. Even when it comes to health, you are a customer and deserve the best.
Also take a look at the provider’s website. Do they offer products or a variety of treatment modalities that show they are well-versed in hearing loss services and hearing aids? Do they mention working with other GP or medical providers to refer patients who need dual care? Feel free to also ask these questions when you call to make an appointment. This way, you can take advantage of a complete care plan and have peace of mind that your hearing is in good hands.
Call Hearing and Audiology for help with your tinnitus treatment
Have questions about how to put an end to your troubles? The team at Hearing and Audiology has been helping customers throughout Western Australia with state of the art hearing solutions since 1985. We’re experts in tinnitus rehabilitation and treatment along with hearing loss, hyperacusis, hearing aid fittings, and supporting audiology services.
We know how important proper hearing is to quality of life. That’s why we’re focused on customer satisfaction and the highest standards of care. Completely independently (and family) operated with no commission-based brand affiliations, we put your hearing needs first and foremost – every time.