Tinnitus Match and Masking


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).