What is Tinnitus? In short, it is sound or noise that we perceive inside the head, or seemingly from one or both ears. This isn't a psychiatric issue - like auditory hallucinations - but instead is a symptom of an underlying condition such as the loss of hearing, an injury to our hearing mechanism or a blood circulatory disorder.
While all of us will perceive tinnitus regularly, it should only lasts seconds if not minutes. It is when tinnitus becomes persistent and loud that it disturbs the sufferer from focusing on his usual activities in life, such as studying, watching tv, sleeping. This is when the tinnitus has a deeper negative impact on the sufferer’s quality of life. It is a disturbing, uncomfortable and unpleasant. If unchecked, it can often lead to stress, unhappiness and eventually depression.
Why does tinnitus occur? There are a number of reasons for the onset of persistent tinnitus but among the most common is exposure to loud noises without the use of hearing protection. This results in a sudden and permanent loss of hearing in some frequencies. This can be as a result of noise in your daily work routine or environment and even leisure activities such as noises from operating machinery such as lawn mowers, long distance motorcycling, chainsaws, playing musical instruments or listening to music at levels which are unhealthy for hearing preservation.
Cures for tinnitus. There is no clinically proven permanent cure for tinnitus, despite what many websites and marketing messages say. However it is possible to get relief using a variety of methods.
One of the more common options for tinnitus relief is through use of Tinnitus Control Instruments (TCIs). TCIs are hearing instruments which also incorporate a noiser function.
The hearing instrument component of the TCI addresses auditory deprivation issues through the use of amplification. In many instances, tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss and by feeding sounds to the auditory system of the sufferer, some of the tinnitus symptoms are alleviated.
However hearing amplification does not help tinnitus when the environment is quiet. That is where the noiser component of the TCI is useful.The noiser provides a soft noise to distract the patient from the tinnitus in situations where amplification from the hearing instrument portion is insufficient to provide relief to the sufferer.
The Listening Lab provides a range of TCI devices for users who need hearing amplification and tinnitus relief.
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The Voice of two Generations in Singapore radio, Mr Brian Richmond, has chosen The Listening Lab to be his audiology and hearing services provider. We could not be prouder! Brian is the definitive household name in English Radio since the early years of Singapore's founding, starting with Rediffusion followed by Radio One and now with Gold 90.5FM as well as Vintage Radio Singapore. His honeyed voice and selection of music filling our ears as we lived the bustle of our daily lives. Soccer fans from the Malaysia Cup era of soccer will never forget his heart-pounding commentary from "live" matches, as we experienced the ups and downs of the Singapore Lions in the 1970s to 90s. Few people know sound as well as Brian so we are immensely proud that he has chosen The Listening Lab to be his choice and solution for better hearing. Our Executive Director Kelvin Lee is proudly beaming ear-to-ear in this photo with Brian. But you wont be able to see it through the masks!
I started experiencing loss of hearing sometimes in 2010 (41 years old) owing to some medical issue. I was having difficulties hearing conservation especially in meeting. Thus, giving me the fear in attending meeting. Initially I started with Phonak hearing aid. It helps amplified the sound and I could hear better then. Somehow, my hearing loss deteriorated further that in late 2012 (43 years old), there was profound loss of hearing on my right ear. Even digital hearing aid could not help. On my left ear there is still about 50% to 60% hearing with hearing aid. I was lost at this point of time. I was considering learning sign language. I went to see my ENT specialist and my audiologist Mr. Bala advised me to go for an CI as an alternative to my hearing loss. The Cochlear Implant I went to consult my ENT doctor (Dr Raymond Ngo) about CI and he described to me how it works. I was happy to learn that I could hear again with the CI. I was not concerned by the operation I needed to go through, it was the cost of that was my main obstacle. It cost about 15 to 20 times more than a normal digital hearing aid. My first CI (AB Q70) – 2013 (44 years old) In the beginning of 2013, I totally lost my hearing on my right ear. In December 2013, I went through the operation for my right ear. About one week after the operation, the processor (Advance Bionic Q70) was switched on. It was wonderful experience when I can hear again. At first, it sounded like “mickey mouse” voice when I hear people talking around me. But very quickly, I have adopted and though it is not perfectly the same as before my hearing loss, it is more enough to let me live normally again. It works very well in quiet environment but is still a challenge in noisy places, like hawker centre or site meeting etc. In 2015, my Q70 was upgraded to Q90 processor, which is what I am using today. The sound quality is much better and has more functions/program in its software. In 2016, my left ear also suffered complete hearing loss. Though hearing with just the right ear is sufficient for my daily routine, I still felt handicapped at times. I cannot hear properly if people stand on my left side while talking to me or call me from behind. Understand that our local government will not subside for the second ear implant and the cost of CI is also not cheap, I could only go with one hearing ear at the moment. I also thank God for Engineer and Scientist, giving them the knowledge to create such a complex and sophisticate device to help those with hearing loss like me. It will be all perfect if the cost is affordable too.
I took my mum to Listening Lab at Simei to get her hearing aid fixed, during our first visit, she patiently explained the whole procedure to my mum and also explain to my mum why she really in need to fix the hearing aid. She is very knowledgeable, and friendly, and we are encouraged to ask questions. she is also very patient with old people which is the most importance. Also her after service is superb so I highly recommend.