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  • 2 Surprising New Tinnitus Research Studies

    Around 250 million people worldwide suffer from tinnitus, and more than half of those sufferers don’t do anything about it. We have found some recent tinnitus research studies from around the web, showing ways sufferers may get help.

    Researchers find new clues about Tinnitus

    Surprising new research study results suggest that tinnitus is more complicated than scientists thought by recording the brainwaves of a 50-year old tinnitus sufferer. Read this article to find out the details of the tinnitus study and their surprising discoveries.

     

    Study: More coffee may prevent your ears from ringing

    A new research study tracked 65,000 women over an 18-year period and found that incidence of reported tinnitus was 15% lower in women who drank five cups of coffee per day, compared to women who drank one and a half cups per day. Read more about this tinnitus coffee study here.


    If you are suffering from symptoms such as continual whistling, ringing, pulsing or buzzing either in the head or in the ear(s), you may be suffering from tinnitus. A hearing test will establish if you have a hearing loss, more often than not Tinnitus is related to a hearing loss and simply the use of digital hearing aids can mask the effects.

    Contact us today for more information on tinnitus or to book a confidential hearing assessment.

  • 10-Year Anniversary BBQ

    Thank you so much to everyone who came to our 10-year anniversary barbeque last Saturday. The food, provided by Goose and Berry Catering of Marlow, was fantastic and our tables looked very pretty with flowers and jars from Lily’s Flowers of Lightwater. Thankfully the sun shone down on us! Everyone seemed to have a really lovely time and it was fantastic to see so many of our clients all together, to help us celebrate.

    We took lots of photographs of the event, some of them are here, as well as some lovely thank you letters we’ve received from some of you who were there.

    Our lovely BBQ chef!

    The food was delicious!

    The lucky 100 golden ticket guests

    Left to Right: Rick Fenn, Selma Becker, Jess Conrad

     

    We’ve received some lovely emails and letters of thanks since the event, here are just a selection of them:

    Dear Selma

    I just wanted to send you a quick thank you for inviting Mum and me to you celebratory BBQ. It was lovely to be able to share the day with you and to meet some of your other patients. It’s a real credit to you that so many people wanted to be there to help you celebrate a wonderful day and fantastic achievement. And what fantastic weather you organised too !

    Thank you as well for the pen – what a lovely touch.

    I have recommended quite a few people to you recently and I do hope they get in touch – you deserve your success

    Much love
    Janet

    My Dear Selma,

    What a lovely celebration day!  It was a great BBQ. and enjoyed by us all. The contracted staff were great and the ‘Help in Hearing’ people all most kind and receptive.

    Thank you so much for inviting Jan and myself.

    I look forward to seeing you again,

    Yours
    Tony and Jan (Offord)

    Dear Selma and Jeremy

    Thank you both so much for inviting us to your BBQ yesterday. It was splendid and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Everyone was experiencing conversations about your amazing hearing aids and you must have been proud of the amount of people you have helped.

    May the next 10 years go from strength to strength!!

    Kindest regards, Sheila and Ralph Baker.









  • Tinnitus Sufferers to Get Special Radio Station

     

     Tinnitus is very common. About one in five people between 55 and 65 years old report tinnitus symptoms on a general health questionnaire and 11.8% on more detailed tinnitus-specific questionnaires.

    Calm Radio, an internet radio station, has introduced sixteen new “Atmosphere” channels for Tinnitus and Ringing-in-the-Ears sufferers. These channels come in varying degrees of noise colors. From whitenoise, to pinknoise and brownnoise…depending on the severity of the ringing you are experiencing.

    Calm Radio’s Atmosphere Channels are very important in the treatment of Tinnitus and recommended in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy. Here is a brief description of the cause of Tinnitus:

    Auditory Habituation

    We all become accustomed to sound around us. Most of the time we don’t pay attention and ignore it. That is becomes our natural listening state. This is called Auditory Habituation. The difficulty lies when you are in a quieter environment….lacking the sound the mind perceives as “normal”. The mind expects the habitual sound it is accustomed to. The mind remembers it and will even re-create it for you. This is Tinnitus. the ringing can’t be measured because only you can hear it.

    Calm Radio’s Atmosphere Channels can help in retraining your ears and mind. By playing an Atmosphere channel, like “Rain”, or “Surf”, slightly below the level of the ear ringing, your ears will gravitate to this new sound.  Will they cure Tinnitus? According to studies it is possible. However, it will take time….several months and retraining your mind, using your ears…to accept the noise and/or lack of noise around you. Welcome all sounds, embrace them… all sound is good. Loud sounds can be painful and you should protect yourself, however, do not associate loud sound as “bad”, but rather, sound at a higher volume.

    Tinnitus maskers

    Tinnitus maskers are commonly used by tinnitus sufferers when trying to sleep or relax as it is within these quiet environments when the tinnitus is at its most noticeable. When used in conjunction with a sound pillow (which contains small embedded speakers) they can mask tinnitus sounds without disturbing his/her partner.

    Calm Radio’s masker channels use soothing natural sounds such as ocean surf, rainfall, crickets, wind… that are in the white noise, pink noise and brown noise frequencies to help the auditory system become less sensitive to tinnitus, and promote relaxation by reducing the contrast between tinnitus sounds and background sound.

    The custom MultiMix Player enables you to mix up to three additional Atmosphere Channels with your music selection. This way you can adjust how much masking you need depending on the severity of the tinnitus you are experiencing.

    Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom that can result from a wide range of underlying causes: abnormally loud sounds in the ear canal for even the briefest period (but usually with some duration), ear infections, foreign objects in the ear, nose allergies that prevent (or induce) fluid drain, or wax build-up. In-ear headphones via sound entered directly into the ear canal itself, without any opportunity to be deflected or absorbed elsewhere are a popular cause of Tinnitus with volume set beyond modest or moderate levels.

    Tinnitus can also be caused by natural hearing impairment (as in aging), as a side-effect of some medications, and as a side effect of genetic (congenital) hearing loss. However, the most common cause for tinnitus is noise-induced hearing loss. Some sufferers require masking at all times.

    As Tinnitus is usually a subjective phenomenon, it is difficult to measure using objective tests, such as by comparison with noise of known frequency and intensity, as in an audiometric test. The condition is often rated clinically on a simple scale from “slight” to “catastrophic” according to the practical difficulties it imposes, such as interference with sleep, quiet activities, and normal daily activities.

    Sound pillow

    Some listeners have had much success using a Sound Pillow. This pillow has speakers inside. The one possible drawback could be that your partner might hear the sound. We have heard from one Calm Radio listener that his spouse sleeps even better when she hears the Beach Waves sound channel.

    Other devices include a speaker dock for your mobile device ($50 and up), a Logitech Sqeezebox. Visit Calm Radio’s website for more information.

    Tinnitus Assessment in Marlow or Slough

    If you think you may be suffering from Tinnitus, please contact us for a confidential assessment at one of our specialist audiology clinics in Marlow and Slough.