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Tinnitus Management in Stratford Upon Avon

Get relief from your tinnitus, the condition has no cure, but it can be successfully treated.

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Worried About Ringing in Your Ears ?

Lets talk about tinnitusDo you hear a sound in your ears that no one else can? Is it a ringing, roaring, clicking, or hissing sound? Do you hear this sound often or all the time? Is the sound interfering with your enjoyment of life or your sleep?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have tinnitus and you should see come to see us. It is estimated that thirty million people are currently suffering from tinnitus, and a lot of them have been told that there is nothing they can do about it.

There is no cure, But there can be effective treatment

Tinnitus can have a terrible impact on quality of life, emotional well-being, ability to hear, ability to sleep and ability to concentrate. It is extremely common for someone with tinnitus to talk about increased stress, anxiety, tiredness, memory problems, and irritability.

It's More Common Than You Think

Nearly everyone has experienced tinnitus at one time or other, for most it is momentary and passing. However, for some it is a constant issue. Tinnitus can be heard in one ear or two, or perceived centrally inside your head. It can be any one of an endless list of noises including (although rarely) music.

Not a Disease

Tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease in itself, it is caused by some underlying condition or problem occurring anywhere within the hearing system. Most Tinnitus is associated with hearing loss, however, some people have tinnitus and completely normal hearing.

What Causes Tinnitus ?

The causes of TinnitusAlthough it is 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.

The psychological effects of tinnitus can have a knock on effect on general health and outlook. When this happens, it causes you stress which in turn makes you pay more attention to your tinnitus. Thus begins a cycle that can affect you deeply and lead to anxiety, sleep disturbance, depression and poor concentration. These feelings stress you even more which just reinforces this cycle.

Breaking the vicious cycle

Resound Tinnitus Relief appOur focus is to help you break that cycle, to give you time to recover. Using sound therapy, in combination with counselling and hearing aids where needed, we can bring you significant relief. We will help you get relief from your tinnitus.

What you can do about it

There are ways to get tinnitus relief, including management advice and sound therapy. There have been many advancements in the understanding of tinnitus in the last few years. Many hearing aid manufacturers now include tinnitus therapy options as core features of their hearing aids. Not just that, many have designed accompanying smart phone apps focused completely on tinnitus. At Stratford Hearing Centre, we offer a  Tinnitus assessment, this includes;

  • 30 minutes with the audiologist to discuss your tinnitus 
  • Complete a tinnitus assessment questionnaire 
  • Explain outcome and discuss options going forward 

Tinnitus Therapy

We carry out a complete hearing assessment including Audiometry. We will discuss your tinnitus and grade your perception of its severity. Based on this evaluation and your answers to our questions we will discuss pssible treatment options with you. Management of your tinnitus may include the use of hearing aid amplification, sound therapy or a combined approach.

Assessments & Medical Clearance

Because tinnitus can be associated with underlying diseases of the ear and  other anatomical structures, it is important that we ascertain what the underlying causes of your problem are. In most cases tinnitus is caused by an underlying hearing loss, it is important that we confirm this and rule out any other causes. Tinnitus can be caused by other problems that are not appropriate for treatment by us. If we find that your tinnitus is not suitable for treatment we will refer you 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. 

Step Two: Treatment Options

Treatment Of An Underlying Hearing Loss

Treatment of a hearing lossThere are many options for treatment with tinnitus dependent on the severity and the underlying cause. In quite a lot of cases correction of a hearing loss with well fitted digital hearing aids will dramatically reduce or even eliminate the impact of tinnitus. In cases where amplification alone may not be successful, we also prescribe sound therapy. Many modern hearing aid devices are combination devices giving amplification and sound therapy. Different types of noises or melodies can be used with or without amplification to offer relief from tinnitus.

Many manufacturers have also offered accompanying apps dedicated to tinnitus relief. These apps, in conjunction with the hearing devices, give you real control over your sound therapy. Sound therapy will most often be accompanied by education, counselling, and stress reduction. It may also include professionals from other disciplines (i.e., psychology, dentistry, neurology, etc). The new strategies for treating tinnitus give you:

  • Relief for ringing in the ears
  • Customisable tinnitus relief
  • Quick and easy control
  • A way to deal with and manage the subjective nature of tinnitus

Widex Zen 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. The sound Therapy that we would normally use would be Zen from Widex, a proven sound therapy strategy that delivers results for many Patients.

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