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  • Tinnitus Support Group

    Tinnitus Support Group for Marlow & Farnham Common – Launch Event

    Tinnitus Support Group Launch Event – Wednesday 10th January, 2018
    Venue – Help in Hearing, Marlow Hearing Clinic, Glade Road, Marlow
    Time – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

    Guest Speakers:

    David Stockdale, Chief Executive, British Tinnitus Association

    Jono Heale, Director, Advanced Communication Solutions

    It is estimated that Tinnitus effects 250 million people worldwide, with over 6 million estimated to suffer in the UK. If you are suffering from tinnitus you are not alone. All too often people are told there is nothing one can do about the condition but this is not the case. At Help in Hearing we offer full tinnitus assessments and a structured tinnitus counselling programme. Says audiologist Selma Becker: “We use various techniques and devices to help sufferers manage and live with tinnitus including sound therapy and masking or aids which not only enhance hearing but offer sound relaxation.”

    Help in Hearing’s Practice Manager, Gilly Wright, is setting up a new support group for local people with tinnitus in Marlow and Farnham Common. A launch event featuring a talk by BTA Chief Executive David Stockdale and guest speaker Jono Heale will take place 6.30pm-8.30pm on Wednesday 10 January at Help In Hearing’s Marlow practice in Glade Road. Depending on demand, the meeting venue will alternate monthly between Marlow and Farnham Common.

    Gilly Wright says: “I am passionate about helping people with tinnitus and hearing problems. I am a tinnitus sufferer with Menieres Disease. Support groups can play such a fantastic role as you can feel so isolated. Sometimes friends and families aren’t able to understand how bad it can be. The plan is to initially hold evening meetings but I would be happy to consider Saturday mornings as an alternative if the interest is there.”

    Tinnitus can be a ringing, buzzing, hissing or roaring sound, and may be temporary or permanent. This noise in your ears or inside your head is unique to you. An estimated 80% of people who suffer from tinnitus also experience some degree of hearing loss, though they may be unaware of it. Tinnitus is a symptom that can be caused by many things, and can even begin for no apparent reason. But it can have a major impact, bringing stress, anxiety, anger and sleep loss. The first step towards taking control of your tinnitus is to consult a professional, so that together, you can find the treatment plan that will work for you.

    About our guest speakers:

    David Stockdale, BTA

    David Stockdale

    David was appointed Chief Executive of the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) in February 2010. He is responsible for the day to day running of the charity, and implements the strategy, as set by the Board of Trustees. He sees supporting the tinnitus community, ensuring a preventative message targets those at risk and increasing research into tinnitus as the BTA’s priorities. David has two young children, who take up most of his free time! David works Monday-Friday.

     

    Jono HealeJono Heale

    Jono’s background comes from the entertainment industry, working both sides of the curtain for over 25 years. Formally a professional musician he went on to work as a senior manager in further education. He has also worked as a freelance Health and Safety Advisor for festivals and events. Jono has tinnitus and noise (music) induced hearing loss and is passionate about these issues. Jono launched a new campaign called Play Safe Now – Hear Tomorrow on hearing conservation aimed at Music Education. He is a director of ACS and works as an advisor for the British Tinnitus Association and Help Musicians UK.

     

    Tinnitus Support Group – to book your place

    To book your place on the first Tinnitus Support Group event on 10th January at our Marlow practice, please email us or call us on 0345 222 0579.

    Find out more about tinnitus on our page Tinnitus Explained

    Marlow Tinnitus Support Group Future Events

    Please call Gilly on 0345 222 0579 to book your place

    Wednesday February 7th 6.30pm- 8.30pm

    Help in Hearing, Cedar House, Glade Road, Marlow SL7 1DQ
    Guest Speakers: Selma Becker and Kevin Jeffery, audiologists from Help in Hearing talking about Tinnitus management programmes and suitable hearing aids for Tinnitus sufferers.

    Monday March 19th 6.30pm-8.30pm

    The Garden Room, Liston Hall, Chapel Street. Marlow SL7 1DD
    Guest Speaker: Guest Speaker, Mr Chris Aldren, a consultant ENT surgeon working at Wexham Park Hospital, Slough and the Princess Margaret Hospital, Windsor. He will be giving a talk on Tinnitus and general ear conditions.

    Saturday April 7th: 10.30am – midday

    The Thames Room, Liston Hall, Chapel Street. Marlow SL7 1DD
    Guest speaker: A Tai Chi taster session with Karen Pounds. Karen has over 20 years experience teaching Tai Chi and Qigong and is also a Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator and registered Clinical Hypnotherapist.Tai Chi and Qigong are exercise systems which promote healing and vitality to improve balance, coordination and strength.

  • The Oticon OPN Hearing Aids in Silver

    Oticon OPN Review

    For many years I managed to hear well with one ear. I had battled with Meniere’s Disease, resulting in moderate to severe hearing loss on the left side. I was coping just fine until the day my body decided to let me down. I developed a Cholesteatoma in my “good” ear. The operation to remove the growth was very successful but my hearing was reduced significantly enough to need to now need a hearing aid.

    Post operatively I tried an NHS aid in my Meniere’s nerve damaged ear but the attempt left me feeling very vulnerable and a little scared, as my hearing was very distorted. Eventually my other ear recovered from the operation and I was ready to try a hearing aid on the other side, which worked well enough to enable me to return to work.

    I can now hear in both ears!

    However, last week my hearing was revolutionised! Selma Becker at Help in Hearing has now fitted me with a pair of Oticon OPN Bluetooth hearing aids. A little disconcerting at first because I can now hear in both ears, particularly my own voice which I thought would never be possible. I met with friends over the weekend at a noisy coffee shop and I could actually hear what they were saying. I am now able to differentiate speech from the rest of the hubbub around me. I could even hear my daughter whispering to me in the cinema.

    Oticon OPN hearing aids connect to mobile phone

    My Oticon OPN hearing aids connect direct to my mobile phone and the clarity of “in-the-ear” (ITE) hearing is amazing. Alongside the obvious benefits of being able to hear more clearly, another advantage is the reduction of loud noise. Meniere’s has left me with a condition called Hyperacusis which is an intolerance to loud noise, even at most people’s “normal” thresholds. I dread the smoke alarm, zebra crossing, refuse collection – the ubiquity of the modern beep – it hurts my head so much!

    My new hearing aid has an output limiter which controls uncomfortable loudness threshold levels. It knows not to amplify sound above that threshold so that I don’t perceive it to be “loud” even if it isn’t. How clever is that? It really works, as I discovered when I burnt the toast this morning. We saw a musical at the theatre recently and I sat rather too near the front – who would have thought that it would be my husband instead of me, who came away with sore ears!

    Oticon OPN – where to find out more

    Visit our Oticon Opn hearing aids page to find out more about these hearing aids, including the new ConnectClip, which connects to your smartphone, the Opn rechargeable hearing aid and connecting to Internet devices with your Opns.

    Read a blog article about the Oticon OPN – a remarkable new hearing instrument.

    If you’d like to make an appointment to discuss the Oticon OPN, please get in touch.