Audiological consultation in concussion patients who suffer from tinnitus or hyperacusis.
Tinnitus is perceived sound in the absence of an external stimulus. Tinnitus is more common than you think; about 15% percent of the population have experienced it. The sound of tinnitus varies from person to person and has been described as buzzing, ringing, or hissing. Tinnitus is a common complaint after a concussion and can be potentiated by previous loud noise exposure, family history of tinnitus and stress. Tinnitus can come and go and there exist management techniques to help tune it out.
Hyperacusis is the sensation where the person feels ear pain, annoyance and/or general intolerance to certain types of sound. The sensation can be felt in just one or both ears. Hyperacusis is a common complaint after a concussion. Similar to tinnitus, there are management techniques to help improve this.
Our audiological service is valuable addition to our post-concussion syndrome specialist Toronto team as it offers timely access to integrative audiological assessment and treatment advice.