Tinnitus Terms

Tinnitus
A sound that is heard in one or both ears or the head when no external stimulus is present
Sensorineural hearing loss
Hearing loss due to damage to the sensory (cochlear) or neural (auditory nerve) portion of hearing mechanism
Hyperacusis
Moderately intense sounds that are perceived as very uncomfortable
Hearing aid
Devices that fit either in the ear or behind the ear that help make sounds louder
Sound therapy
The use of background noise/sound to help with managing tinnitus
Audiologist
Healthcare professional that measures hearing
Audiogram
A diagram of hearing
Tinnitus masker
An electronic device that produces a steady state sound used to mask tinnitus
Combination instrument
An electronic device that includes a hearing aid and a tinnitus masker