Tinnitus Evaluation and Management

Tinnitus is the presence of ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling or other sounds in one or both ears that do not stem from an external sound source. This noise can be intermittent or continuous and can also vary in loudness.

Fill out our short Tinnitus Evaluation Quiz below and our hearing care professionals will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Types of Tinnitus

The two main types of tinnitus are subjective and objective tinnitus.

Subjective tinnitus

What it is:
Subjective tinnitus often sounds like ringing, buzzing or a constant tone. These sounds are only heard by the individual and not others.

How common it is:
This type of tinnitus is more common as it accounts for 95% of all tinnitus cases1.

Objective tinnitus

What it is:
Objective tinnitus is audible and identifiable externally. Some individuals experiencing this may report pulsatile tinnitus that is in rhythm with their blood flow or pulse near the ears.

How common it is:
Objective tinnitus is rare and accounts for less than 5% of all tinnitus cases1.

When you come for our Tinnitus Evaluation Management, our audiologists will diagnose your tinnitus type based on your experience.

Causes of Tinnitus

Depending on the type of tinnitus you are experiencing, the cause leading to your tinnitus may differ. These are the common causes of each type of tinnitus (but not limited to the following):

Subjective TinnitusObjective Tinnitus
  • Hearing loss
  • Natural ageing process
  • Ear infections
  • Damage to the ears (e.g. ruptured eardrum)
  • Excessive exposure to loud noises (e.g. from concerts, construction work, gunfire)
  • Emotional distress and anxiety
  • Tension or injuries to the head or neck
  • Medical conditions (e.g. Meniere’s disease, circulatory disorders, diabetes, overactive thyroid)
  • Contraction of the carotid artery
  • Benign intracranial hypertension
  • Jaw joint misalignment
  • Twitching of the ear muscles
  • Subjective Tinnitus
  • Hearing loss
  • Natural ageing process
  • Ear infections
  • Damage to the ears (e.g. ruptured eardrum)
  • Excessive exposure to loud noises (e.g. from concerts, construction work, gunfire)
  • Emotional distress and anxiety
  • Objective Tinnitus
  • Tension or injuries to the head or neck
  • Medical conditions (e.g. Meniere’s disease, circulatory disorders, diabetes, overactive thyroid)
  • Contraction of the carotid artery
  • Benign intracranial hypertension
  • Jaw joint misalignment
  • Twitching of the ear muscles
  • What to Expect During a Tinnitus Evaluation and Management Session at Hearing Partners

    Our Tinnitus Evaluation and Management session is tailored to each individual, so our audiologists will customise the session according to your specific situation. In general, this is the process that you will go through.

    Talk about your tinnitus

    Step 1: Talk about your tinnitus

    Our audiologist will ask the details of your tinnitus and your lifestyle habits and administer questionnaires to find out how the tinnitus has impacted your daily routine.

    Take a hearing test

    Step 2: Take a hearing test

    A hearing test will be conducted to assess your hearing and identify any potential hearing loss that may be linked to your tinnitus.

    Step 3 Learn more about tinnitus

    Step 3: Learn about tinnitus

    Our audiologist will explain your tinnitus in a way that is easy to understand. They will discuss the different types of tinnitus and answer any questions you might have.

    Step 4 Manage tinnitus and find relief

    Step 4: Manage tinnitus and find relief

    During the session, our audiologist will explore various strategies to help you manage your tinnitus effectively. They will work with you to create a personalised plan that meets your needs.

    Step 5 Get extra help

    Step 5: Get extra help

    If necessary, our audiologist may refer you to the relevant partner specialists for further evaluation of your condition.

    Note: Bring your identification card or passport with you when you come in for your appointment.

    Fill Out Our Tinnitus Evaluation Quiz

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    Because of your tinnitus, is it difficult for you to concentrate?(Required)
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    Why Choose Hearing Partners?

    Personalised solutions

    Each individual’s needs and lifestyles are different. Hence, at Hearing Partners, we are dedicated to offering customised solutions that align with your specific situation.

    Caring audiologists

    Our dedicated team of audiologists is driven by a genuine passion for positively impacting your life, enhancing your overall well-being and improving your quality of life.

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    Since Hearing Partners was founded, we have successfully provided hearing solutions to over 15,000 patients, ensuring their satisfaction and well-being.

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    FAQs About Tinnitus

    Are tinnitus and hearing loss linked?

    Tinnitus could be a symptom of hearing loss and it can increase when your hearing deteriorates. In fact, 80% of individuals with this symptom also suffer from hearing loss despite being unaware of it2.

    For example, you may hear noises only in one ear if you are experiencing hearing loss in that same ear. On the other hand, you may hear a hissing or high-pitched ringing if you have difficulties hearing high-frequency sounds.

    When should I see an audiologist for tinnitus?

    ​​You should see an audiologist if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

    • Ringing in the ear(s) for more than a week
    • Poor sleep, inability to concentrate or anxiety resulting from the tinnitus
    • Pain, discharge and/or persistent blockage in the ear
    • Dizziness
    • Tinnitus only in one ear

    Fill out our Tinnitus Evaluation Quiz today and our audiologists will get in touch with you as quickly as possible.

    Note: If your tinnitus is rhythmic with your pulse, you are advised to seek medical attention immediately at A&E.

    Is there a cure for tinnitus?

    No, there is currently no cure for tinnitus. However, there are many ways to manage your tinnitus.

    Can medications help with tinnitus?

    Medications rarely reduce the loudness of tinnitus. Those prescribed for tinnitus usually address concerns such as depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances and others help to promote mental alertness, which in turn can alleviate the impact of tinnitus.

    1UCSF Medical Centre: Tinnitus
    2Statistics retrieved from Audika Australia

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