1. See an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist, or ENT doctor) regarding your tinnitus/decreased sound tolerance. Your family physician or other physician can refer you to otolaryngologist.
2. Have a hearing test done. Your otolaryngologist will likely arrange for a hearing test. You can also book a hearing test yourself through a private hearing clinic. The hearing test needs to have been done within the last 6 months.
Have the following documents sent to the Tinnitus Clinic at St. Paul's Hospital:
1. A copy of your otolaryngology consult letter(s). This is the letter that your otolaryngologist sends to the referring physician, often the family doctor, following your appointment. Ask your otolaryngologist or family doctor to forward the consult letter to the Tinnitus Clinic.
2. A copy of your most recent hearing test(s). Ask the clinic that performed the hearing test to forward your hearing test results to the Tinnitus Clinic.
These documents can be faxed to us at 604-806-8435, attention Tinnitus Clinic.
Please ensure that your name, date of birth, and Care Card or personal health number (PHN) appear on both documents.
Email or fax us your name, date of birth, full mailing address and telephone number. The Tinnitus Clinic clerk with call you to book your appointment.
The clerk will then send you a letter about group session, including location, time, and payment details.
Why do I need to see an otolaryngologist?
We require that you see an otolaryngologist (ENT doctor) about tinnitus prior to booking an appointment with us. There are two reasons for this.
First, we feel all patients with persistent and disabling tinnitus benefit from having a specialist rule out any serious or treatable medical condition that might cause tinnitus. The second reason is merely administrative - all visits to our Audiology department must initiated by an otolaryngologist.