Tinnitus Assesment at Communikare Hearing Aid Centre

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Tinnitus Assesment at Communikare Hearing Aid Centre

A tinnitus assessment is the second component of audiologists comprehensive tinnitus
evaluation, following a conventional hearing assessment. This overview focuses on
specialised tinnitus tests that exceed a standard audiological hearing evaluation in order to
acquire a clear and comprehensive clinical picture of the tinnitus patient.

How does Communikare do tinnitus assessment?

After an initial hearing test, a specific assessment for tinnitus includes subjective
measurements, objective measurements, and psychoanalytic questionnaires. These are used
to measure tinnitus symptoms and figure out how they affect the quality of life of the person
with tinnitus. This step also helps audiologists divide tinnitus into subjective vs. objective
(pulsatile) tinnitus, primary vs. secondary tinnitus, acute vs. chronic tinnitus, and
bothersome vs. non-bothersome tinnitus.
Tinnitus is often caused by hearing problems like hearing loss and hyperacusis, but it can
also be caused by non-hearing problems like stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

Symptoms of Quantifying Tinnitus

Subjective measurement: Tinnitus Questionnaires

  • A tinnitus assessment protocol has tools and questionnaires to measure how the
    person with tinnitus reacts to it and how much it bothers them.
  • The Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI), and
    Tinnitus and Hearing Survey (THS) are three tools that can be used to assess tinnitus
    from the patient’s point of view.
  • The THI, TFI, and THS measure and scale the severity and negative effects of tinnitus
    on the patient. These tinnitus assessment tools are also used to track how well
    treatment and management of tinnitus is working.

Objective measurement: Specific Tinnitus Assessment

  • In the second step of tinnitus assessment audiology, the patient’s perceived pitch,
    loudness, and ability to be covered up by other sounds are better defined.
  • Psychoacoustic measures for these important signs of tinnitus include matching pitch
    and loudness, testing the minimum masking level, and testing residual inhibition.
  • Tinnitus pitch and loudness matching is important when prescribing amplification
    for this group.
  • Research shows that tinnitus patients benefit more from hearing aids when their
    psychoacoustic characteristics fall within the frequency bandwidth of the device.

Psychoanalytical questionnaires pertaining to mental health

  • In the final step of a tinnitus evaluation, psychoanalytical questionnaires help
    identify any emotional distress experienced by patients with tinnitus symptoms.
  • Depression, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder are
    among the most prevalent mental health issues connected with annoying tinnitus.
  • Understanding a tinnitus patient’s psychological well-being in more depth is
    essential for designing the most effective tinnitus care approach and enhancing the
    patient’s quality of life.

The therapeutic efficacy of counseling for patients with tinnitus is well-established and is
one of the most essential components of audiological therapies, according to Communikare.

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