What is a Tinnitus test?

Tinnitus is a disorder that causes ringing or other disruptions in one or both ears. Tinnitus is a condition in which you hear a noise that is not caused by an external sound, and it is usually invisible to others. Tinnitus is a relatively common condition. It affects 15% to 20% of the population, with the elderly being the most affected.

Tinnitus is frequently caused by an underlying illness, such as aging-related hearing loss, an ear injury, or a circulatory system problem. Tinnitus improves with treatment of the actual reason or with additional treatments that mask the Tinnitus by reducing or covering the noise.

Why the Tinnitus test?

While there is no definite technique to detect Tinnitus, our audiologists conduct tests to diagnose the condition and determine the best treatment options. If your Tinnitus worsens or changes, this may indicate an underlying problem that requires treatment. Your doctor may instruct you to move your eyes, tighten your jaw, or move your neck, arms, and legs. Depending on the probable source of your Tinnitus, you may require imaging tests such as CT or MRI scans. Our audiologists perform various tests to diagnose Tinnitus and help you get the right hearing aid for the same. Consult us now to book your test!

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Our audiologists have access to tools and clinical procedures that may assist in evaluating and diagnosing Tinnitus.

Pitch matching

The goal of pitch-matching procedures is to get a pitch match between the Tinnitus and a sound provided by the experimenter from the subject. The matching sound in the most common procedure is tonal; it is presented to the ear contralateral to the one where the patient believes the Tinnitus is located. It is interrupted at a regular rate and adjusted by our audiologists based on the patient’s responses.


Masking, the second essential approach for predicting the spectral location of Tinnitus, appears to be devoid of some of the issues that plagued pitch-matching. Masking involves sweeping a narrowband stimulus over the spectrum in sequential steps and adjusting the intensity at each step until the Tinnitus is just masked. The tinnitus locus is determined by the spectral position where the least masker intensity is required. This approach is appealing because it looks to be more accurate than pitch-matching and avoids some of the issues associated with pitch-matching.

Loudness match test

A loudness match test is used to determine the loudness of a sound, which can range from a whisper to a roar. Soft noises are more common than loud sounds in people’s lives. An averaged loudness function, which converts the sensation level (SL) of Tinnitus into an estimate of the effective loudness level, was designed to adjust for the influence of recruitment when a balance test determines the loudness of Tinnitus in an ear with sensorineural hearing loss.

Tinnitus retraining therapy

A behavioral treatment approach improves how you think and feel about your symptoms to help you live with Tinnitus. Our Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) is a specialized treatment for Tinnitus that is usually provided by our audiologist. TRT is a combination of professional therapy and sound masking. In this process, you will wear a device in your ear to assist your tinnitus sensations while simultaneously receiving directive psychotherapy. TRT may help you become less aware of Tinnitus and less upset by your symptoms over time.

Visual Analogue scale

The visual analogue scale (VAS) is one of the most widely used assessing chronic pain. In tinnitus patients, we ask them to rate their Tinnitus on a scale of 0 to 10, using a suitable ruler. The evaluation must be done in terms of volume and disturbance. Perceived loudness is measured using a visual analogue scale. Tinnitus is frequently felt as being much louder than the decibel level that corresponds to it. Our certified audiologist performs the test to help us diagnose the severity of Tinnitus in patients. 

Our Solution: Smart hearing aids

Hearing aids can minimize your awareness of Tinnitus while wearing them, which is frequent if you have hearing loss and Tinnitus. They boost the volume of the noises you want to hear, helping to divert your attention away from the undesired ones.

Tinnitus might be a sign of another health problem, such as high blood pressure or a concussion. Hence, treating the underlying medical problem may be able to help you get rid of your Tinnitus. However, our hearing aids have helped several people manage Tinnitus and lead a normal life. Call now or consult us to get the right hearing device for Tinnitus!