New to tinnitus or first time looking for help?

Tinnitus

If you have developed a constant ringing, hissing, buzzing or other sound in the ears, you have options.

Where can I go for help?

You can see your doctor, an ENT (ear nose and throat) specialist or a hearing clinic that deals with tinnitus. Who you see may depend on your situation.

  • If your tinnitus has a pulsing quality to it, you should ask your doctor or ENT about it
  • If it has been more than a week, you can see your doctor (especially if there are other symptoms like dizziness) and, in addition, a hearing clinic. Some people live with tinnitus for years before seeking help.

 

  • Do you know how it started?
  • It may have been a noise exposure, or you may have worked in a noisy environment for many years; if so, consider a hearing clinic that provides tinnitus services
  • Some medications have tinnitus as a side effect (either during use or when you stop using it); ask your doctor about this and see what they advise
  • If you were involved in a car accident, had a head or neck injury or an invasive dental procedure right before the noise started, you will want to address these physical issues with your doctor or other healthcare provider involved in your care
  • Other causes can be discussed with your doctor

 

If you are new to tinnitus, you can also find basic facts and information about it via:

https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/

https://www.ata.org/

Sound Options Working with HearingLife Canada

When tinnitus sufferers are told to learn to live with it, part of the solution to this is to give people access to options for treating or managing their tinnitus.  We are proud to announce that with our new partnership with HearingLife Canada starting this month, we are now able to make tinnitus treatments available to more tinnitus sufferers than ever before.  Sound Options will not only be available at more locations in different regions across Canada, but will also put a tinnitus treatment in reach for many more Canadians.  We are excited to now work with the great hearing healthcare professionals at HearingLife Canada at all of its locations.

Where you can find Sound Options Tinnitus Treatments

Here is a little information about HearingLife Canada:

“We are Canada’s largest group of hearing centres with over 200 locations across the country. We give you access to the most advanced hearing aid technology, expert clinical support and the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment. Rest assured that all of our clinics are staffed by highly trained and certified healthcare professionals ready to give you expert care and on-the-spot results.”

 

Sound Options will continue seeking out partners across North America to increase access to affordable tinnitus treatments.

If you are looking for a clinic in your area, take a look here or contact us if you cannot find one.

Canadian Audiologist Article

We’ve recently written an article for the Canadian Audiologist talking about tinnitus, the importance of educating others about this condition, and what we are doing to help.

You can read the article here

 

 

Canadian Audiologist is the official publication of the Canadian Academy of Audiology. It publishes articles relevant to hearing and hearing-related conditions every quarter.  You can check out this publication here.

Suffering Musicians

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When you think of a rock star, there are many things that come to mind, but tinnitus is not usually one of them. Unfortunately, many musicians suffer from tinnitus because of years of exposure to loud sounds: concerts, practice, and just listening to music. For some, hearing protection does not feel practical, and for others it is something they think about when it is too late. Because hearing loss is the most common cause of tinnitus, it is easy to see how artists that are exposed to so much noise can develop tinnitus if they do not take precautions. The effect this has on musicians spans generations: from Chris Martin of Coldplay to Neil Young, a whole range of famous artists live with chronic ringing in the ears.

In 2013, various artists got together to work on an album (I Am The One in Ten) to raise awareness for a condition that affects around 10% of the population. Their efforts may not only help with shifting attention to tinnitus, but may also contribute to knowledge of preventative measures (e.g., hearing protection) for tinnitus sufferers.

While most suffering from tinnitus do not have the kind of resources Chris Martin may have, it just goes to show how difficult it has been for tinnitus sufferers to find ways to manage their tinnitus.

Partnering Audiology Clinics

 

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We are excited to inform you that there are several clinics that are working with us or will be starting to work with us in the coming weeks. What this means is that tinnitus sufferers will have the option to come in to a clinic in person to have their hearing and tinnitus assessed and to then obtain our sound therapy from participating audiologists.  If you want to find out more about obtaining your own customized sound therapy through a partnering clinic, you can contact us.  We will also be listing partners and their locations for your convenience.  If you have any other questions about your tinnitus treatment options, please let us know!