Hearing Aids for Tinnitus
CE a 72-year-old man, was referred to a tinnitus clinic. CE reports troublesome tinnitus that has been present for more than 10 years. This is perceived as a “whistling in the center of his head.” He has seen several ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists but derived minimal benefit. He is severely distressed by the tinnitus, his sleep is affected, and he reports that the tinnitus is “destroying his quality of life.” CE was distressed and agitated during the consultation and admitted being depressed.
CE has a bilateral symmetrical mild to severe high-frequency sensorineural hearing loss at 3000 to 8000 Hz but reports no difficulty in hearing. He has previously tried hearing aids with no appreciable improvement to alleviate his symptoms. CE lives at home with his wife and describes hearing well at home during conversation, listening to the television, communicating on the telephone, hearing the doorbell. He is rarely engaged in social situations because he feels the tinnitus has negatively impacted his ability to enjoy life.