This test is performed to assess the character of your tinnitus and its subjective loudness above threshold. A second part of the test measures the sound input required to mask out the tinnitus so that it cannot be heard. This information is useful in evaluating annoyance, disability and response to treatment.
Seated in the soundproof booth, you will be instructed to listen to your tinnitus and then compare it to a sound that the audiologist presents to the opposite ear until both sounds match as closely as possible. You will be asked to first match the pitch and then the loudness. The audiologist then presents a continuous rushing or humming sound to the ear with tinnitus. You will be asked to inform them when the tinnitus has been blocked out (masked). This may be helpful for patients wishing to try a tinnitus masking device (tinnitus masker).
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Dr Gerald Brookes is regularly consulted by the media for his expertise. He has been interviewed by the Daily Mail, featured on Channel 4's Embarassing Bodies, looked after The X-Factor contestants and recently, appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans.
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Adele was experiencing dizziness and balance problems so severe that she could barely function. In desperation, after consulting her GP to no avail, she got in touch with Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies team. The show then contacted Dr Gerald Brookes, who was able to diagnose her rare condition as Basilar Migraine.
Catherine Eade was having dizzy spells and balance problems. When inexplicably she started suffering memory loss too, she consulted Dr Gerald Brookes at The Harley Street ENT Clinic who correctly diagnosed her problem as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
The Harley Street ENT Clinic looked after The X-Factor TV show contestants for many seasons. At the end of the 2010 season, Dr Gerald Brookes was interviewed by Nicky Broyd of Boots WebMD on the perils of high pressure performing.