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  • Half Price Offer for Tinnitus Awareness Week

    This year Tinnitus Awareness Week runs from the 8th to the 14th February. To mark this special week, we are offering you a tinnitus consultation, for half the usual price. The usual cost for this consultation would be £160, but we are offering it for £80 if you book the appointment any time between the 8th and 14th February.

    The tinnitus consultation usually takes place after the initial free of charge assessment and consists of a more detailed battery of tests and questionnaires to fully understand the effects of your tinnitus.

    What happens at the initial tinnitus assessment

    This initial assessment is free of charge and without obligation.

    The objective of this assessment is to get an understanding of the effect of your tinnitus on your lifestyle. We will also identify the most appropriate management tool for your individual requirement, ie tinnitus management programme or hearing aid fitting? Finally we will re-appoint for the full tinnitus/hearing assessment with our tinnitus specialist.

    At this appointment we will:

    • Take a brief history and score your tinnitus questionnaire to get a quick insight of how severely you are affected by tinnitus currently.
    • Very quick screening hearing test.
    • Depending on the outcome of your hearing test we will briefly discuss and explain about tinnitus.
    • If appropriate we will demonstrate hearing aid(s) or sound simulators.
    • You will then be in a position to either opt for our full tinnitus management program or hearing aid fitting program, whichever is the most appropriate solution.

    Tinnitus Assessment

    This appointment usually costs £160 and we are offering it to you for only £80 during Tinnitus Awareness Week! The assessment will take up to 2 hours and consists of a battery of tests and questionnaires to fully understand the effects of your tinnitus.

    Tests include:

    • Medical history to find out about any existing medical conditions,
    • Tinnitus perception inventory to understand the severity level of your tinnitus.
    • Tinnitus intake questionnaire to find out the physical, emotional and social consequences of tinnitus.
    • Otoscopy to establish the health and condition of your outer ear and eardrum.
    • Tympanometry to establish the health of your middle ear.
    • Puretone audiogram to assess your hearing levels including air and bone conduction thresholds.
    • Uncomfortable loudness levels finding your sound tolerance levels.
    • Tinnitus pitch matching to find the approximate frequency of your tinnitus.
    • Tinnitus mask ability to understand the intensity you experience with your tinnitus.

    Advice and Information

    • We will discuss the test results after compiling and reviewing them.
    • We will explain tinnitus causes for you to better understand your condition.
    • We will then discuss and formulate your treatment programme.

     

    Please click to find out more about our tinnitus management solutions.

    Contact us to book your half price tinnitus assessment now.

  • 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.

    Read more about tinnitus on our Tinnitus Explained page.

    Or read about some of the methods of tinnitus management we can offer.

    Read about our Tinnitus Support Group  for Marlow and Farnham Common, see dates for future support group events, and book your place.

  • 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.

    Read more about tinnitus on our Tinnitus Explained page.

    Or read about some of the methods of tinnitus management we can offer.

    Read about our Tinnitus Support Group  for Marlow and Farnham Common, see dates for future support group events, and book your place.

  • Lyric hearing aids

    Lyric Tinnitus Open Day – Friday 24th April

    We are holding a special tinnitus open day on Friday, April 24th at our Farnham Common practice.

    We will be showcasing all the latest hearing technology and offering FREE 30 day trials with Lyric (normally £150) to allow you to really hear for yourself! This offer is reserved for the first 50 readers only. We will also demonstrate how Lyric can help with Tinnitus and benefit you in your daily life.

    Book your place today on: 01753 642687

  • Tinnitus Awareness Week

    Tinnitus Awareness Week

    Tinnitus Awareness Week will take place from 3-9 February 2014 across the UK.

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    The week was created by the British Tinnitus Association to raise awareness of this problem which affects so many people.

    250 million people worldwide suffer from tinnitus and more than half of those don’t do anything about it.

    Tinnitus is characterised by sounds that are described as a continual whistling, ringing, pulsing or buzzing either in the head or in the ear(s).

    Listen to examples of Tinnitus here:

     

    There are many causes of Tinnitus and whilst sometimes they may remain unknown, excessive loud noise exposure, Meniere’s disease and general hearing loss are causes associated with Tinnitus. Stress is also known to be a contributing factor to increase the perception of Tinnitus.

    You can read our section on Tinnitus and devices we can supply that have helped other people, such as the Soundcure Serenade device and the Widex ZEN2GO device.

    In the meantime, here are some materials which may help your understanding of tinnitus. Please ask us for help if you or someone you know may be suffering from this condition.

    Download these resources from the British Tinnitus Association:

     

    pdf-iconTinnitus Facts and Statistics 

    pdf-iconTinnitus Research Update

    pdf-iconTinnitus Case Studies

    pdf-iconTinnitus – Heard But Not Seen

    pdf-iconTinnitus – Little Sounds of Pain

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