Tinnitus Therapy, Counselling & Relief in Leicestershire & Across The Midlands
Worried About Ringing in Your Ears?
Do you hear a ringing, roaring, clicking, or hissing sound in your ears? Do you hear this sound often or all the time? Does the sound bother you a lot? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have tinnitus and you should see a hearing professional.
Nearly everyone has experienced tinnitus at one time or other. But for some, it can be a constant companion. Tinnitus is the Latin word for 'ringing'. It is the perception of sound in the absence of any corresponding external sound.
Tinnitus can be heard in one ear or two, or not perceived to be anywhere other than inside your head. It can be a ringing noise, a shushing noise and has even been perceived as a concerto!
What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a symptom associated with many forms of hearing problems. (It can also be a symptom of other health problems.) Tinnitus is typically caused by:
Hearing Loss – Most people who have tinnitus also have some kind of hearing loss.
Loud Noise – Exposure to loud noise can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. Continued exposure can make the tinnitus and hearing loss become worse.
Medication – More than 200 medicines, including aspirin, can cause tinnitus. If you have tinnitus and you take medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether your medicine could be the cause.
Sam Bennett qualified as a tinnitus counsellor in 2007, and further qualified in hypnotherapy, stress management and neuro-linguistic programming in 2009, and can provide support and information on tinnitus; its causes; symptoms, and solutions.
Sam has a wealth of experience in hearing assessments, providing Ear Nose and Throat Specialists with audiometric support at the Cov and Warwick Hospital in Warwickshire for 6 years. Sam also provides tinnitus counselling at the hospital, utilizing her diploma in hypnotherapy and psychology to teach skills in diversion techniques, and stress management.
Having provided this service to the local primary care trust for the last three years.
- Sam offers a consultation to discuss your tinnitus
- Provides information and techniques on how to control the symptoms and overcoming the pressure tinnitus can put on your everyday life, and achieving a solution solely for you through cognitive retraining
- Sources equipment that may further alleviate any symptoms.
So if you are looking for relief from your tinnitus, come and see us
Tinnitus Therapy & Management
As part of our tinnitus therapy, we carry out a complete hearing assessment including Puretone Audiometry, Tympanometry, Acoustic Reflexes, Otoacoustic Emissions and Speech Discrimination. Specifically for tinnitus assessment, we conduct an interview using the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI). This helps us to grade the severity of your tinnitus based on a world recognised scoring system. Based on your evaluation we will discuss and implement a treatment plan designed for you. Your tinnitus management plan could include the use of hearing aid amplification, sound therapy and /or behavioural modification therapy. I have a lot of experience helping Patients with tinnitus, this has allowed me to develop different strategies that will provide relief for the majority of people with tinnitus.
Assessments And Medical Clearance
Because tinnitus can be associated with disease of the ear and other anatomical diseases. It is important that we find out what the underlying cause of your problem is. More often than not, tinnitus is caused by an underlying hearing loss. Sometimes, however, it can be caused by other problems that are not appropriate for treatment with us. If we find that your case is not suitable for treatment we would refer you on to an ENT Specialist to rule out any health-related conditions that could be the cause of your tinnitus or could be treated through medical and/or surgical intervention.
Tinnitus Treatment Options
There are many options for treatment with tinnitus dependent on the severity and the underlying cause. In many cases, correction of a hearing loss with well-fitted hearing aids will eliminate the symptoms of tinnitus. In the cases where this isn't enough, we also prescribe sound therapy. Many modern hearing aid devices are combination devices giving amplification and sound therapy.
Sound therapy Treatment
In Cases where there is no hearing loss is or it is not severe enough for treatment. We would prescribe sound therapy devices. Sound therapy has proven to be an effective management tool for many people who suffer from tinnitus that isn't associated with underlying hearing loss.
We can help you take back control With Hypnosis Treatments. Hypnotherapy can be a quick form of therapy when compared to other forms of psychological help or counselling. CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) can take many sessions to work effectively. However, for those who it works for, hypnosis can work quickly within a few sessions. Hypnosis can be used to divert yourself from the effects of your tinnitus. It can also help you to find much easier relaxation.
At no stage in Hypnosis will you be out of control or made to do anything that you don’t feel comfortable with. During our hypnosis sessions, we spend time with you explaining how the procedure works and dispelling the myths that surround it. Hypnotherapy is a safe, natural and relaxing form of therapy which allows you to remain in control at all times. Hypnotherapy is a state of deep and focused relaxation which can be used therapeutically to alleviate the impact of tinnitus.
Let's Talk Tinnitus
What causes tinnitus?
Tinnitus is in fact not a disease or an illness, it is a symptom of an underlying problem. Because tinnitus is a symptom, it is important to understand what the underlying cause is. There is no known cure for tinnitus, however, there are many treatment options.
Who gets tinnitus?
The answer is nearly everyone! Tinnitus is common in all age groups, especially following an exposure to loud noise. Usually, though, it is transitory and not a long-term issue. Continual tinnitus is actually quite common, about ten percent of the population suffer from continual tinnitus. However, it is usually mild and a non-issue for the people who suffer with it. Unfortunately for up to one percent of adults, it is a serious issue that has wide-ranging effects on their ongoing quality of life.
What to do if you think you have tinnitus?
First of all, let's make it clear that tinnitus is only very rarely an indication of a serious problem. However, it can be, so it is a good idea to come and see us and have it checked out particularly if the onset was sudden or if it is only present in one ear. The key thing is that you shouldn't worry about it because stress can actually make your tinnitus worse.
Getting an answer helps
Finding out what exactly is going on will help to allay your fears. The condition is very common and there are treatment options.
How we can help
I am fully trained in the management of tinnitus and I can offer support and advice with the goal to help you take control of your tinnitus. if you would like to speak to us to see how we can support your journey please call us on 01455 234 600 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be offering a group relaxation service which we are calling Tinnitus Tuesdays in our Leicester hearing aid centre, you can read more about it here.
Thank you Hear4u. My life has changed, should have taken this step years ago. Special thanks to Samantha who is so positive and helpful.
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