Tinnitus Specialist / Doctor in Vancouver, BC (or in Canada)?

Discussion in 'Support' started by porcelainblue, Jun 27, 2020.

    1. porcelainblue

      porcelainblue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hello!

      I've had constant unilateral tinnitus for the past 16 days and it seems to be getting worse. My audiogram suggested slight hearing loss in the affected ear, but "nothing to worry about".

      The ENT has put me in the queue for an MRI and wants to wait until results are back. His clinic staff said that this could be months due to COVID-19 backlogs.

      I am aware of some of the suggestions in the 'Early days after onset' thread are time sensitive, such as steroids. The problem is that neither my ENT nor my GP seem particularly concerned. I've also tried 2 walk-in clinics for second opinions and possibly a steroid prescription, to no avail.

      If anyone has any recommendations for more tinnitus-aware practitioners, I would be immensely grateful.
       
    2. bobvann
      Fiendish

      bobvann Member

      Location:
      Inside the vortex
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      E drums headphones
      I am in the same area. Everyone I have seen has failed me so far... Includes St. Paul's Tinnitus Clinic, Sound idEARS at Oakridge mall, Sonaris in Surrey (only interested in as our good USA friends refer to as $$ Benjamins), CBT with Dr. Lau, CBT Vancouver which was recommended by St. Paul's Clinic.

      Most recently I was at Hearing Life who were more honest and let me run a trial at no cost. I kind of discovered sound therapy makes things worse for me. May be different for you. Just make sure you have a trial period. You will still be charged several hundred dollars for a tinnitus "assessment".
       
    3. PeteJ
      Depressed

      PeteJ Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma?
      Canada's tinnitus climate is like everywhere else. Useless and there is no organizations that help and specialists (i. e. ENT appointments) are useless. There's even some device that audiologists may use that may harm. It's probably best to decline that test.

      Do the main hearing test and buy: ear muffs, ear plugs, NAC, magnesium and maybe curcumin. Check the forum for other suggestions. Canada is just another craphole country that has no help or support for this health condition.
       
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    4. dan
      Chatty

      dan Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Toronto, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      There is no treatment/cure for tinnitus, hence no "tinnitus practitioners".
      You get a free audiogram in Canada and told to live with it, if you have normal hearing they wont Rx you steroids.

      Also tinnitus is not considered a big deal in Canada.
       
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    5. bobvann
      Fiendish

      bobvann Member

      Location:
      Inside the vortex
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      E drums headphones
      The little fucker at Sonaris Fred Matta, Charged $280 for a Tinnitus "assessment" which was 3/4 part audio gram which is free in most places. I had 5 hearing tests prior and had sent him results. The MOST honest practitioners were Hearing Experts and Connect Hearing who just threw up their hands and told me not to waste my time & money.
       
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    6. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      porcelainblue

      porcelainblue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hey! Thank you all for replying and for the heads up re which places to avoid.

      @dan
      That is my experience too: because my audiogram shows only "mild" hearing loss in the affected ear, I haven't been able to find anyone who will prescribe steroids. This is incredibly frustrating: since my onset is recent, the steroids seem worth a shot!
       
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    7. PeteJ
      Depressed

      PeteJ Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma?
      If they don't want to even try but confirm their uselessness by doing nothing, they could at least try to help moderate/severe tinnitus sufferers get disability.
       
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