Carrie G is a 50 year old fitness instructor with a history of bilateral tinnitus for four years, which was sudden in onset. She reported that although her tinnitus was noticeable for the first 2 years, it really did not bother her except periodically when in a quiet environment. In 2012, she and her husband moved to Louisiana and within a week her tinnitus suddenly became disturbing. She was seen by her family physician who subsequently referred her to a local ENT.
Her ENT examination was essentially normal with exception of audiological testing which revealed a bilateral high frequency hearing loss from 4000Hz to 8000Hz. More extensive audiological testing, including an MRI, was performed. Results were normal and ruled out any neurological involvement. She was placed on several medications which were unsuccessful in reducing her tinnitus. Hearing aids were recommended but were unsuccessful in reducing her disturbance. She was subsequently referred to our tinnitus clinic.
On her first visit to our clinic, Carrie completed a Tinnitus Reaction Questionnaire (TRQ) and scored 63 which placed her in the severe category for disturbance. Her Tinnitus assessment first confirmed a
bilateral high frequency sensorineural hearing loss from 4000HZ to 12,500 Hz. Her tinnitus was matched at 4000Hz at 25db. These findings were discussed and we agreed to begin a tinnitus intervention program using a GHI noise generator as our sound integration device.
Since beginning our program, Carrie has shown an impressive improvement in her disturbance reduction. At her last tele-counselling session, she scored a 13 on her TRQ placing her in the slight category for disturbance, a reduction of 50 points. Her prognosis for continued success is excellent.