Re: Objective tinnitus due to high-level SOAE (Thomas G Brennan )

Subject: Re: Objective tinnitus due to high-level SOAE
From:    Thomas G Brennan  <g_brennantg(at)TITAN.SFASU.EDU>
Date:    Sun, 4 Aug 2002 05:45:15 -0500

Martin, this will require a specializing audiologist. The first thing which will need to be done is that variable tone generation equipment will be necessary to see if masking can help in this situation. Being able to alter signal phase may also be useful. Generally, single tinal tinnitus does better with a masker. If it can be determined that masking can indeed help this gentleman, a tinnitus masker can be used. MMM, Starkey, and several other companies make these. However, you cannot generally return them after purchase so it is important to determin usefulness before the fact. Another issue is that the frequency of the tone may change with time and there may eventually be more than a single tone. This largely depends upon the cause of the problem. If I was just to guess, I might suspect something viral in a case like this as an initial start. Tom Tom Brennan, CCC-A/SLP, RHD web page

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