Personalized, adapted services

depending on the level of intrusion of your tinnitus or the degree of your hyperacusis.

For over twenty years at Audiology Centre-West, we offer customized and tailor-made services.
By combining our experience and the scientific facts that have been highlighted in recent years, we offer a range of services that are flexible, tailored to your needs and have proven their effectiveness over the years.

Tinnitus

Tinnitus is defined as the perception of one or more sounds in the head or ears, in the absence of external stimulus. It can be associated with various medical conditions, ear related problems (acoustic shock, concussion, deafness, etc.) or even, sometimes, taking certain medication.

Among the different therapeutic approaches that are available, the two main ones we propose are tinnitus retraining therapy and the “Zen” therapy developed by Widex. We also offer variations of different sound therapies whose effectiveness has been demonstrated by the latest research in the field.

Introductory meditation sessions are also offered periodically to add a stress or anxiety management tool to those who want it.

If tinnitus is the reason why you consult, we suggest you to follow the following path.

We invite you to complete the questionnaire “Tinnitus Functional Index” or TFI and send it to us to the following email address: infoaudio@videotron.ca by registering “TFI” as subject or by fax at: 514-488-2462.
We will complete the scoring of the questionnaire and send you the results (the final score).

First
step

You can also choose to  calculate your questionnaire results yourself by clicking on the “TFI results calculation” icon and follow the instructions.

Second
step

With your TFI score in hand, check the table below to identify which type of service would be best for you.

Third
step

Contact us to make an appointment with one of our audiologists.

TFI score

0-36

Reaction to tinnitus:

negative, mild

Suggested services in audiology

Complete hearing evaluation

Informative accompaniment on the basic principles of habituation to tinnitus and the use of sound therapies

Making appointments

A first session lasting about an hour

A second 30-minutes session 3 weeks later

TFI scores

37-57

Reaction to tinnitus:

negative, moderate

Suggested services in audiology

Complete hearing evaluation

Comprehensive questionnaire to be completed

Evaluation of acoustic parameters of the tinnitus

Informative accompaniment on habituation to tinnitus and the use of sound therapies targeted on situations of discomfort or distress

Making appointments

A first session lasting about 1,5 hour

Three sessions of 30 minutes (three weeks later for the first one and then the following will be determined according to the needs of the client)

TFI scores

58-77+

Reaction to tinnitus:

negative, severe

Suggested services in audiology

Complete hearing evaluation

Comprehensive questionnaire to be completed

Evaluation of acoustic parameters of the tinnitus

Informative accompaniment on habituation to tinnitus and the use of sound therapies

Trial of noise generators/hearing amplification as needed

Custom filtered earplugs, as needed

Making appointments

A first session lasting about 2 hours

Three sessions or more of 30 minutes (three weeks later for the first one and then the following will be at an interval adapted to the needs of the client)

Do not hesitate to contact us

Phone: 514-488-5558
For any additional information.

infoaudio@videotron.ca

HYPERACUSIS

Hyperacusis is the generic term used to describe hypersensitivity to sounds, especially to high-pitched sounds, typically in the presence of normal hearing. Hyperacusis can also be named as a sound intolerance problem. It often appears following a traumatic sound exposure or accompanies a tinnitus.

There are subcategories of hypersensitivity to sounds including:

Misophonia or selective hypersensitivity to certain sounds which is characterized by an intense reaction to very specific weak sounds, which are generally physiological sounds (eg, sounds of chewing, breathing, etc.) and which generally appear during childhood, between the ages of eight to twelve.

These two conditions of hyperacusis and misophonia can benefit from the use of noise generators as part of a desensitization therapy.

If you are hypersensitive to sounds (whether it is specific to certain sounds, or generalized to all sounds in your environment), we refer you immediately to the section of the table that corresponds to the TFI score of 58-77 + for the type of intervention that you can receive in audiology and that will meet your needs. See the table below for a description of services offered to people with hyperacusis.

You do not have to complete the TFI questionnaire: it is only interested in the problem of tinnitus.

hyperacusis and/
or misophonia

No score with TFI

Suggested services in audiology

Complete hearing evaluation

Comprehensive questionnaire to be completed

Evaluation of the level of discomfort to sounds

Informative accompaniment on the principles of desensitization of hyperacusis/misophonia and the use of sound therapies

Trial of noise generators / hearing amplification as needed

Custom filtered earplugs, as needed

Making appointements

A first session lasting about 2 hours

Three sessions or more of 30 minutes (three weeks later for the first one and then the following will be at an interval adapted to the needs of the client)