tinnitus test

Published: 10th October 2011
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A patient is made to choose a specific group of tones with a scale range of a specific frequency. With this, the audiologist is able to determine if a patient has tinnitus based on the selections made, as choices made are sounds similar to screeches. Patients who have selected high pitched tones (or a pitch of higher than 3,500 Hz) are most likely suffering from tinnitus. ??
  • Tinnitus Masking- this kind of test uses a series of noises aimed to mask the sound of tinnitus. When a person hears the external noises, the tinnitus slowly recedes. By measuring the pitch and the gradual increase of the volume allows tinnitus to be diagnosed. ??

  • Tinnitus Loudness Test- similar to the tinnitus masking, this kind of testing makes use of ear phones and the different external noises to match the tinnitus sounds. However, this would not mask the tinnitus but would rather match its volume. By using the Visual Analog Scale, the perceived sound from tinnitus will come to its loudest when the range reaches the scale of 10. A range of zero (0) indicates negativity of results.

  • If you are wary to seek the help of an audiologist, try doing some tests that can be done in the comfort of your own home.

    • Listen to running water- try standing in the shower or in the sink area and turn the water at full blast and try to listen if you can hear clearly the gushing of the water and the tinnitus at a significantly reduced level. Most people with tinnitus have difficulty in hearing their tinnitus when hearing the sound of flowing water, this also creates a calm ambience that can help us relax and focus. ??

    • Listen to a variety of classical music- creating a calm environment and having soft music in the background can mask the sound of tinnitus. Once we identify the great "masks" and prove a positive reduction of the noises that we hear, we are most probably suffering from tinnitus.

    If the doctor can hear the ringing, can you imagine what it sounds like to the patient? Some individuals have tinnitus for long, painful periods of time and if their doctor was unable to find a cause and unsure of a treatment, there are other remedies available now.

    Tinnitus has been treated quite successfully through homeopathic remedy options, like the use of herbal remedies, acupuncture & acupressure, hypnosis as well as chiropractic.

    Tinnitus can occur for many different reasons. There are various tests that can be used to try to find the underlying cause. Certain tests can also be used to provide more information about the condition. This article will discuss everything you need to know about tinnitus testing.

    • Audiogram

    One of the first things that can be done to test for tinnitus is an audiogram. This test is designed to measure how well you recognize speed sounds. It also tests your overall ability to hear, ie measuring your amount of hearing loss.

    • X-Rays

    Tinnitus testing can also come in the form of an x-ray. Sometimes, areas in the ear aren't physically structured correctly. This can cause symptoms of tinnitus. The x-ray will help determine if this is the cause. In addition to an x-ray, a CT scan or MRI can also prove useful.

    • Pitch

    In most cases, people with tinnitus hear high-frequency tones.

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