tests for tinnitus

Before you order the ti-ex Therapy Device, you should always have an official diagnosis of tinnitus in order to rule out any more serious illnesses!
Tinnitus, like pain, is a symptom, and often occurs in combination with other symptoms, like hearing loss or dizziness, for example. Your doctor will carry out more detailed examinations if necessary.
Tinnitus is usually, however, “just” a warning sign of physical or psychological strain. This type of tinnitus is known as “idiopathic tinnitus”. There is, as yet, no method of objectively determining if someone has a noise in their ear, or how loud that noise is. Instead, doctors have to rely on the information given by their patients.

Detailed questioning of the patient: anamnesis (Noise, injuries) Accidents involving head injuries, Diseases of the ear/ear problems (e.g. acute hearing loss, operations) Neurosurgical operations Description of the duration, type and frequency of the tinnitus.Mirror examinations of ear, nose and throat Auscultation of neck arteries
Measuring blood pressure: if possible,
monitoring of blood pressure over 24-hour-periodHearing tests with a tuning fork
Use of an audiogram to determine the frequency ranges the patient is still able to hear
Determining the pitch and volume of the tinnitus sounds. This is done by comparing the tinnitus with the sounds generated by an audiometer in the unaffected ear (an audiometer is a device for generating sounds at particular frequencies).Masking tinnitus through other sounds: exposure of the affected ear to white noise to mask the tinnitus. This involves generating a “rushing” or “whooshing” sound which contains all the frequencies that ear can hear. If the tinnitus can be masked by exposing the unaffected ear to this sound, it is likely that this is a centralised form of tinnitus, i.e. it has its origins in the brain.
Balance tests: balance tests using Frenzel glasses (glasses which prevent the patient from being able to fix their eyes on a particular point)..
Ear microscopy (a special microscope for the auditory canal)Testing of the functions of the middle ear, ear drum and 7th cranial nerve (tympanometry, stapedius reflexes)
Examination of the electrical activity in the inner ear and the auditory pathwayExamination of the cervical spine and masticulatory system
Building on these primary tests, additional methods may also be used. These include primarily tomography of the skull (computer tomography or magnetic resonance imaging), ultrasounds of the arteries in the neck, lab tests (haemograms, signs of inflammation, hormone tests, virus testing) as well as evaluations by other specialists, such as specialists in internal medicine, neurologists, orthopaedic surgeons, orthodontists..