Do I need tinnitus therapy?
While most individuals are told by general practitioners or healthcare professionals to ignore their own tinnitus, it is recommended for you to visit an audiologist or specialist doctor if:
- Your tinnitus is regular or constant
- Your tinnitus is getting louder or worse
- Your tinnitus affects your mood, sleep, concentration or daily activities
- Your tinnitus appeared after a head injury
- You experience on and off hearing loss, muscle weakness in your face or vertigo along with your tinnitus
- Your tinnitus is a beating sound and has the same pattern as your pulse
Our Tinnitus Services
Treating tinnitus in Singapore usually starts with an assessment. Our tinnitus assessment will comprise of a hearing assessment to check for any signs of ear damage. After which, you we will conduct a few tests to try to match the sounds of your tinnitus to understand what your tinnitus sounds like. We will also do a questionnaire to see how your tinnitus impacts you and determine the best treatment approach you should take.
As tinnitus assessment requires counselling than a typical hearing test, please schedule at least an hour for each assessment.
Hyperacusis in Singapore
Hyperacusis is the condition whereby normal everyday sounds causes distress and discomfort to a person.
In most cases, the sufferer’s cochlea or hearing organ is functioning normally however has the perception that his or her ears are permanently damaged. Instead, it is the abnormal response of the auditory pathway to sound that causes a person to be intolerant to sounds.Read More
Hyperacusis & Mysophonia Management Services
Most patients find it useful when we go through the various mechanisms of how changes in the auditory system can lead to decreased sound tolerance. We also teach patients about safe levels of sound. Usually when patients understand that not all types of uncomfortable sounds lead to damage in their hearing their symptoms are alleviated.
In some cases, patients find themselves misunderstood by family members. We do involve family in our counselling sessions as to help them understand that patients do not consciously cause their sound sensitivity. Involving the family in the treatment process is generally beneficial to both patients and family.
Positive Association & Desensitization
Desensitization should always be practiced in a controlled manner under the guidance of a trained audiologist. Forcing a patient to endure the offending sounds for as long as possible may exacerbate the condition. Desensitization is usually practiced with positive association. The offending sound is mixed in a small degree with pleasant sounds such as music and gently introduced to the patient. The goal eventually is to slowly reduce the pleasant sounds in the mixed sounds as the patient’s reactions improves.