Welcome to the website of the NZ Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Support Network

This website is a developing resource for sufferers of tinnitus. We offer a newsletter as well as the opportunity for people to join our association to help further promote tinnitus awareness in New Zealand.

What is tinnitus

Tinnitus is the name given to noises in the ears and/or head that are unrelated to any outside sound. Tinnitus is often described as a ringing in the ears. Tinnitus is not a disease but a problem in the auditory (hearing) pathway or in the central nervous system of the brain. Tinnitus affects about 15–20% of the general population in New Zealand, of these about 1% experience it to a disturbing degree. For more information, click here.

Aims of the NZ Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Support Network

  • Assist tinnitus sufferers in managing tinnitus.
  • Promote community awareness of tinnitus and the preventable dangers of excessive noise causing tinnitus and deafness.
  • Offer support and counselling services for people with tinnitus.


Contact Information

Grant D Searchfield
Head of Audiology
School of Population Health
The University of Auckland
Private bag 92019 Auckland

Email tinnitus@auckland.ac.nz

Phone 09 923 6316