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What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus can present as ringing, whistling, clicking or buzzing noises in the ear or head.

Tinnitus and Decreased Sound Tolerance Clinic

Audiology and Otolaryngology cooperatively began the Tinnitus Clinic in 1989. The main goal of this clinic is to offer help and support to those suffering from tinnitus. It is not a diagnostic clinic. The program has evolved as the theories regarding tinnitus change.

When you first come to the clinic, an audiologist will perform a hearing test and a tinnitus evaluation. This evaluation involves assessing the psycho-acoustical characteristics of the tinnitus and the impact of the tinnitus on your life. We provide constructive suggestions on how to best cope with tinnitus. This may vary somewhat from person to person.

Sound Therapy

Those experiencing tinnitus are often advised to engage in some form of sound therapy. This involves using a form of soft, pleasant, neutral sound to help cope with the tinnitus in a specific way – for example, the sound may be used for ‘masking relief’ or it may often be used in the context of “Tinnitus Retraining Therapy” (TRT).

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)

Typically, TRT involves the use of sound therapy as well as the teaching and demystification of tinnitus. This helps to reduce the impact of tinnitus. Hearing aids may be suggested if a hearing loss is present.

Multidisciplinary Clinic

The Audiologist may refer to other health professionals as required, such as the ENT associated with the Clinic, or a psychologist.

If you would like more information on tinnitus or if you wish to refer a patient (physician referral required), please contact:

Audiology – Tinnitus Clinic
The Ottawa Hospital – General Campus
Module O, 2nd floor
Ottawa ON K1H 8L6
Tel. : 613-737-8254
Fax. : 613-739-6164