Tinnitus is an internal signal perceived by the hearer, without any external sound stimulus. In 80% of cases, it exists together with hearing loss- from mild to severe.
Audiologists assist in the management of tinnitus through diagnosis, information-sharing, counselling and fitting of instruments. These instruments may be used for sound stimulus AND hearing loss combined, or for tinnitus alone (via devices with exclusive sound stimuli). These help to retrain the brain to reduce the annoyance of tinnitus.
Scientifically robust, provable management for tinnitus is via sound therapy- found in most hearing devices at this time, and counselling. Many other therapies for tinnitus can be helpful to the individual, through relaxation. However, there are currently no other techniques that show consistently positive results in studies. Many other research studies are underway.