Barnard Castle | Stockton-on-Tees
Tinnitus can be extremely frustrating, and if allowed to proliferate it can overwhelm our sense of wellbeing and ability to live life to the fullest.
Often people are told nothing can be done, however there are therapies available which can lessen tinnitus perception over time.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the absence of real acoustic sound in the environment, and can be perceived as ringing, whooshing, buzzing, hissing or other sounds unique to the individual heard only by them. Although various theories have been suggested, the exact cause and nature of tinnitus is not fully understood. For a detailed look at tinnitus, read our in-depth article HERE.
Our treatments are evidence based, which means they have been studied, peer reviewed and shown to provide benefit to tinnitus sufferers in controlled studies. Our Audiologists can assess your tinnitus and talk you through which options may work best in your particular case.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (£560)
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (or TRT) is the most well known and established form of tinnitus management, using a combined approach of counselling and sound enrichment to reduce your tinnitus perception. Our Audiologist will discuss your symptoms with you, the nature of your tinnitus and how it’s affecting your life. This is followed by an examination of your ears, a hearing test and a tone match test (a technique to find out the approximate pitch of your tinnitus). After this a plan is made based on your particular needs; this usually involves sound enrichment to draw the brain’s focus away from the tinnitus and counselling over 8 sessions.
Where’s the evidence? Here is a systematic review of evidence related to TRT available via PubMed.
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