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  • Tinnitus management with singing bowls

    Spirit of the Rainbow Talk

    A brief write-up of our August 6th Tinnitus Support Group Event where we discussed alternative methods of tinnitus management.

    A big thank you to Julia Walters and Karen Fielding,  from the Spirit of the Rainbow in Princes Risborough, for a very interesting talk on singing bowls, crystals and other holistic therapies at our Marlow Tinnitus Support Group Meeting last week.

    Thank you also to Donna, one of our group members, for bringing along her singing bowl which produced a comforting low frequency sound, which became our favourite “tune”.

    Singing bowls

    Singing bowls have become popular with music therapists, sound healers and some yoga practitioners, having originally been used by Tibetan monks for healing.

    It is said that they originated from China in the form of “Standing bells”. An early form called Nao took the shape of a stemmed goblet, mounted with a rim and struck on the outside with a mallet. The manufacture and use of bowls specifically for ‘singing’ is believed to be a modern phenomenon. Bowls that were capable of singing began to be imported to the West from around the early 1970s. Since then they have become a popular instrument in the US-originating new-age genre often marketed as ‘Tibetan music’.

    We all agreed that distraction and relaxation can help our Tinnitus and it really was remarkable how soothing it became to focus on circling the mallet around the edge of the bowl, whilst creating an addictive mellow sound and vibration. We enjoyed the demonstration and you can see Kevin and Stuart in the images above, using the singing bowls themselves.

    Himalayan salt lamps

    At the meeting we were also rather taken by Rainbow’s range of Himalayan salt lamps. These absorb water and particles from the air, taking positive ions with them. Then, when the heated salt releases cleansed water vapor back into the air, it also expels negative ions to help reduce static electricity and cleanse the air. Salt lamps are often used to help with allergy symptoms, help sleep and treat Seasonal Affective Disorder while giving an environmentally-friendly light source.

    If you would like to find out more about how sound, crystals and salt lamps can help you, please do get in touch with Julia or Karen. They are also offering a 30 minute energy/reiki treatment at half price, valid for August only.

    Call 01844 342255 or take a look at the Spirit of the Rainbow website.

    Tinnitus management and singing bowls – where to find out more

    If you’d like to discuss tinnitus and other methods of tinnitus management, please get in touch with us.  

  • Hearing loss myths debunked

    Hearing loss myths debunked

    Hearing loss can be devastating for anyone that experiences it, as well as their loved ones. However, hearing loss does not have to be as damaging to the quality of life as it once was, thanks to the many technological advancements that have been made. If you or someone you love is suffering from hearing loss, one of the best things you can do is get educated about it. With that in mind, read on to discover more about some of the common hearing loss myths.

    Hearing aids will make everything sound too loud

    Hearing aid technology in the current day and age is truly remarkable, and it is developing all of the time. Many people mistakenly believe that using a hearing aid will simply make noises sound louder, but this is not the case. In fact, this is the reason why people have a tendency to shout at people that have hearing problems. The truth is that volume is rarely the issue. Rather, it is about making sounds clearer so that the person can understand them better. Plus, hearing aids can be controlled based on what you are doing and where you are.

    I only have problems with certain sounds, so I don’t need hearing aid technology

    Can you hear some sounds clearly, yet you have difficulty with other sounds? The good news is that you do not have complete hearing loss, but you are certainly suffering from a hearing issue, which is why it is imperative to seek specialist advice.

    Tinnitus is a disease with no treatment

    Last but not least, tinnitus is not a disease. It is a condition that can happen due to exposure to loud noises and neurological damage. While it cannot be fully cured, treatments and management techniques are available. You need to see a specialist who will determine whether your case is mild, moderate, or severe, and they will then put together a bespoke plan, which can include hearing aids, earwax removal, medication and other techniques.

    Hearing loss myths – where to find out more

    Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding some of the most common myths about hearing loss. If you suspect you have hearing problems or you are looking for ways to improve your quality of life, Help In Hearing can assist. Get in touch online or call us on 0345 222 0579 for more information.

    Visit our hearing health section to learn more about hearing and hearing loss.


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