An Audiologist Can Help

Who is an audiologist?

Audiology is a highly recognized profession and has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Careers in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Audiologists (Au-di-ol-o-gists) are the primary health-care professionals to evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children.

Most audiologists earn a doctor of audiology (AuD) degree, but, there are also other doctoral degrees that audiologists can obtain (i.e., PhD, ScD, etc) from accredited universities with special training in the prevention identification, assessment, and treatment of hearing disorders. Audiologists must be licensed in most states. Audiologists work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, private practice, ENT offices, universities, K-12 schools, government, military, and VA hospitals.

Source: “What is an Audiologist” American Academy of Audiology

Why see a TPA audiologist for a tinnitus problem?

A Tinnitus Practitioners Association certified audiologist is an audiologist who has specific education and training in providing tinnitus and hyperacusis evaluations, treatment and/or management. There are two types of TPA accreditation; Associate Member and Fellow Member. Associate Members are qualified to evaluate tinnitus complaints. Following an evaluation, the audiologist will explain your results and make recommendations which may include referral to a Fellow Member, medical, or associated healthcare professional. Fellow members have additional education and training and are able to work with patients that have complex problems associated with tinnitus and hyperacusis.

The goals of the TPA audiologist will be:

  • To establish an accurate tinnitus diagnosis, maintain hearing and communication abilities
  • To exclude medical disorders of the ear and hearing
  • To provide comprehensive hearing and tinnitus rehabilitative services

What can I expect?

Initial Screening
The evaluation process begins with the first conversation you have with the clinic. You may be asked a few screening questions which help the clinic to determine the most efficient course of action for you. The clinic will be able to answer your questions regarding the evaluation procedures, time and costs involved with setting the Initial Evaluation appointment.

Initial Evaluation
The purpose of the Initial Evaluation is to determine the extent of your tinnitus problem in three specific areas (1) reaction to tinnitus (2) hearing sensitivity (3) sound tolerance. The tinnitus practitioners will use a series of subjective and objective measurements to develop a comprehensive individualized treatment and/or referral plan. Measurements include the following:

  • Self-administered questionnaires and handicap inventories
  • Case history, interview and review of self-administered questionnaires
  • Audiological assessment including hearing, tinnitus and sound tolerance testing

In a few cases, based on the results of the initial evaluation, the TPA audiologist may determine that additional testing is necessary in order to clinically identify the type of tinnitus and any underlying conditions.

The TPA Audiologist will now discuss the results of your testing with you. Included will be:

  • Review of subjective measurements (questionnaires, case history, inventories)
  • Review of objective measurements (hearing, tinnitus and sound tolerance evaluations)
  • Educational Tinnitus Counseling based on individualized correlation of subjective and objective measurements

The TPA audiologist will consider all the information gathered about your tinnitus and the problems associated with the tinnitus to develop an individualized treatment plan for you. The plan will include:

  • Presentation of individualized treatment/management plan
  • Instrumentation, if indicated
  • Follow Up Schedule
  • Cooperative Agreement to the treatment plan including realistic expectations

The TPA audiologist is the best source of information about your hearing, tinnitus and sound tolerance and the effect they have on the quality of your life. To find a TPA audiologist near you,

Additional Resources

The following is a list of professional organizations where you can obtain more information on tinnitus and hyperacusis.  Simply click on the organization’s name to be automatically directed to the website.


Living with Tinnitus; Davis P, Rushcutters Bay, NSW: Gore & Osment; 1995
Tinnitus; A Self Management Guide for the Ringing in Your Ears; Henry J, Wilson PH, Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon; 2002.
The Consumer Handbook on Tinnitus; Tyler RS, ed., Sedona, Ariz: Auricle Ink Publishers; 2008
Tinnitus Questions and Answers; Vernon J, Tabachnick Sanders B, Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon; 2001

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