Tinnitus and TMJ Clinic
WHAT IS TINNITUS?
Tinnitus is a common problem for millions of people; epidemiologic studies have reported its prevalence to range from 8% to 25.3% of the US population. Population-based studies conducted in other nations have found a similar prevalence of tinnitus, ranging from 4.6% to 30% with 2-3% suffering from significant and disabling tinnitus.
- Patients describe a sound as ringing squealing, hissing buzzing, or humming
- Can be unilateral or bilateral or central
- An internal perception of sound while hyperacusis is perceived as an external sound causing sound disorder
- Intermittent in nature or some perceive as permanently present
- Perception can increase and decrease with emotional or physical influences.·
(Reference Audiologists: Kaush Troy, Audire Hearing, and Myriam Westcott, DWM Audiology)
The Mayo clinic states: the “phantom noise may vary in pitch from a low roar to a high squeal, and you may hear it in one or both ears. In some cases, the sound can be so loud it can interfere with your ability to concentrate or hear external sound. Tinnitus may be present all the time, or it may come and go.”( https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156)
OUR APPROACH TO TINNITUS
Following assessment by an audiologist or ENT Consultant
We take a detailed history of your condition to ascertain factors contributing to tinnitus and hyperacusis
We evaluate the contribution of:
- your neck
- the temperomandibular joint region
- neural sensitisation with neural tapping strategies
- sympathetic nervous system
- food sensitivities
- lifestyle pressures
Please read blogs on:
Tinnitus: An Introduction - Series from Tinnitus Australia
Soundfair, an initiative of Tinnitus Australia has recently organised four educational videos on tinnitus and hyperacusis to enhance awareness and equip people living with tinnitus and their inner circle of family and friends.
The videos commence with an introduction to tinnitus progressing to assessment, general treatment and management strategies.
The video features world-leading Audiologist Myriam Westcott, Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Assoc. Clinical Professor, Dr Peter Selvaratnam, AM and Psychologist Dr Margaret Osborne who provide a multidisciplinary approach to tinnitus and hyperacusis.