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What Is Tinnitus

Simply tinnitus is a ringing, roaring, clicking or hissing sound in your ears. It can occur normally when you are under stress, dehydrated or had too much to drink. But it is not normal to hear it all the time. It is a common complaint affecting 30% of adults [1] Tinnitus testing and treatment is conducted at The Tinnitus and Hearing Clinic located in Petone, Wellington

Recently The American Academy of Otolaryngology -Heard and Neck Surgery published new clinical practice guidelines. The link is below.

Long story short- treatment is available.

Causes of tinnitus include:

  • hearing loss
  • exposure to loud noise
  • medicines you may be taking for a different problem. Click here for a list of medications known to cause hearing loss and tinnitus.
  • Allergies
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Tumours
  • heart and vascular problems
  • Problems with your jaw and neck.

If you:

  • hear this sound often or all the time
  • it bothers you
  • It interferes with your hearing
  • it interferes with your sleep
  • Reduces your ability to concentrate

You might want to have it investigated.

Some of the treatments that we offer:

  • Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
  • Habituation Therapy
  • Tinnitus Masking
  • Hearing aid fittings
  • Tinnitus Counselling
  • Review of Medications for ototoxicity ("ear poisoning")

Dr. Seerup is a professional member of the American Tinnitus Association. She is up to date on the lasted research and treatment options in this complicated area.

1Herdman, s & Demorest, M (1998) Adjustment to hearing impairment II: audiological and demographic correlates. Journal of Speech Language & Hearing Research, 41, 123-136