Tinnitus expertise center
Tinnitus expertise center
our steps of care
You can visit the tinnitus expertise center for the treatment of tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Tinnitus is a common complaint. About 2 million Dutch people suffer from tinnitus. Often patients get the message that nothing can be done about tinnitus. And that you have to learn to live with it. Although there is no medical cure for tinnitus, a good treatment is still possible.
The tinnitus expertise center uses a standardized treatment. We employ ENT-surgeons, tinnitus coaches, health care psychologists and hearing care professionals. In many cases, we cannot make the tinnitus disappear completely. But thanks to our combined approach, we can help 90% of people. Hereby the tinnitus decreases to an acceptable level. As a result, a person can usually live very well with the tinnitus.
Our tinnitus treatment comprises the following components:
- Extensive examination by an ENT specialist
- Tinnitus therapy
- Sound Enrichment
- Hearing aid with active noise cancellation
extensive medical examination
An extensive medical examination is performed by the ENT doctor. This consists of:
- ENT examination
- extensive hearing examination
- administering questionnaires to map the severity of tinnitus.
- In some cases a brain scan is necessary
Sometimes a medical causes for the tinnitus can be found. Serious causes for tinnitus can also be ruled out.
Tinnitus can be caused by many different causes:
- Sudden deafness
- Hearing loss due to age or noise
- Closure of the ear canal by, for example, water, earwax or a cotton ball
- Ear infection
- Ear damage from an accident
- High bloodpressure
- Teeth grinding/clamping
- Meniere’s disease
- brain tumor
- Inflammation of the brain or meninges (meningitis)
This allows us to treat people in a targeted manner and reassure them in the event of no abnormalities. This reduces the emphasis on the complaints and the tinnitus eventually disappears into the background.
Hearing aid with active noise cancellation
First of all, the natural sounds from outside are amplified by the hearing aid. This can drown out the tinnitus. It is also possible to have the device itself produce a sound. A very soft sound, which is not heard by bystanders, can be enough to drown out the ringing in the ears. However, not everyone benefits from this. Replacing one’s own ringing by another outside noise is sometimes found to be even more annoying than one’s own ringing in the ears. Unfortunately, a masking device does not always lead to the desired result. So this is used as one of the last options
Prevention of hearing loss
Tinnitus often develops as a result of hearing damage caused by noise. Think of concerts or discotheques. But also working in a noisy environment or listening to loud music through headphones. Unfortunately, the damage that occurs to the hearing organ as a result of noise cannot be reversed. It is therefore very important to prevent this noise damage. Wearing good hearing protection can prevent noise damage in most cases. At KNO Medisch Centrum we have various ways of hearing protection. See the page hearing protection