The University of Wisconsin Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Program provides comprehensive evaluation, individualized management plan, and education to individuals with tinnitus and/or decreased sound tolerance. While there is no cure for tinnitus, we can offer strategies to provide relief and control. The first visit will include a comprehensive case history designed to scale the impact of tinnitus and/or decreased sound tolerance on activities of daily living and a comprehensive assessment of hearing, tinnitus and/or decreased sound tolerance. The second visit you will learn about your results, obtain an understanding of how hearing works, learn about theories of the mechanisms of tinnitus and/or decreased sound tolerance, advice to improve your situation, and a plan for treatment. Each visit is 90 minutes each. If travel is a concern, we can possibly schedule both appointments in one day.
A medical examination is always in your best interest before beginning this program. Individuals with symptoms of Meniere’s disease, pulsatile tinnitus, ear drainage, ear pain, dizziness, newly onset tinnitus or hearing loss, progressive tinnitus, conductive hearing loss, or hearing loss worse in one ear should see an otolaryngologist for medical clearance.
If you meet the following criteria, you are a candidate at the University of Wisconsin Tinnitus and Hyperacusis program:
- Experience debilitating tinnitus and/or decreased sound tolerance.
- Interested in and willing to maintain regular follow-up sessions in person and over the phone.
- Interested in habituating the perception of tinnitus and/or the effects of decreased sound tolerance.
- Able to travel to Madison, WI for at least 3-4 visits.
- Interested in learning about tinnitus and implementing a management program.
- Able to communicate verbally and have hearing in at least one ear
In order to provide the best evaluation and management plan, we will need the following information from you prior to scheduling your appointment:
- Completed Intake Form
- Completed Tinnitus Handicap Inventory
- Completed History Form
- All recent and relevant evaluations. These may include hearing, psychological, ENT, etc. If you have had an evaluation which we did not mention that you think is relevant, please include it as well.
Once we have received this information, we will review it to determine what evaluations would be the most appropriate and will contact you to schedule the first two appointments.
Please mail or fax these documents to:
Jon Douglas, AuD
University of Wisconsin Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Program
1975 Willow Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Fax: (608) 262-6466
You can also contact the University of Wisconsin Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Program at (608) 262-3951 and we will mail the packet of information to you with a self-addressed envelope. Be aware that our facility is a teaching clinic and your evaluation will be done by graduate students in Audiology under the supervision of a licensed Audiologist. The cost for this evaluation and management plan is $150 per appointment. If recommended, the pair of ear level sound generators will be an additional $1,268.00 and approximately $3,500 for combination devices (hearing aid & sound generator). Payment for services are due when they are rendered.