Saved from the torture of tinnitus…

Read this amazing account from one of our clients, in his own words, about how Steven Hale changed his life…

“Hi.  I’m Dave Hough, a client of Steven Hale, and a passionate HGV driver for over 30 years.”

How did your tinnitus start?

“About 18 months ago, an HGV vehicle air suspension unit exploded very near to me, causing percussive damage to my ears, leading to tinnitus.”

What were the symptoms?

“An awful, high pitched noise causing insomnia, and, as an HGV driver, my doctor refused to give me sleeping pills, so signed me off sick.  This led to depression and anxiety – although I didn’t know this for a while.”

How long did you put up with it before seeking help?

“Six months later, desperate to return to work, I returned to my doctor with a list of tinnitus calming aids and drugs I had researched from tinnitus help groups and websites.  My doctor said, ‘sleeping pills are addictive, and everything else on your list is either unproven or rubbish…look for another job’”.

What led you to Steven Hale?

“I found Let’s Talk Wellbeing – a government run scheme that helps people back to work. I was assessed by a psychiatrist and 18 sessions of therapy followed – and a course of anti-depressants.  They also advised I ask my employer for help back to work, as, by now, they had admitted responsibility for my accident and were duty bound to help me. This resulted in Occupational Health referring me to Steven Hale Hearing.”

What was the process for your treatment?

“At our first meeting, Steven listened patiently whilst I told him of my tinnitus hell, and the anger, frustration and desperation I had suffered.  It was so uplifting to talk to someone who understood the misery that tinnitus brings – the opposite from colleagues who had said “…you’re off work for a noise in your ears?…”.  It was such a relief that Steven genuinely believed I wanted to get back to work.  He then inspected my ears and advised me how to cope not only with the physical noise but also advised some psychological techniques that might help me lessen the noise.  In his report to my Occupational Health he recommended noise generating hearing aids to mask the tinnitus.  He also suggested that I “buddy up” as a passenger with another driver to help me back into a routine. This happened, and now I’m back at work!”

Would you recommend Steven Hale to others with similar issues?

“Absolutely I would! He is one of the few professionals I have met that understands the solutions to our hearing misery – they are not always cheap or affordable to everyone and so he doesn’t push his products.  He gives you the range of options, his advice and prices, then leaves you decide how to proceed.”

A final comment?

“Steven Hale, I cannot thank you enough.  I was desperate for help.  You truly changed my life.”

Contact Steven Hale today, and make an appointment that could change YOUR life too.


Free Consultations for Tinnitus Awareness Week

Tinnitus Awareness Week (#TinnitusWeek) is an annual event and this year it is taking place on 5th – 11th February. This national event is intended to generate discussion about tinnitus and raise awareness of the work being carried out and support provided by the British Tinnitus Association, as well as other services across the UK.

To celebrate Tinnitus Awareness Week, Steven Hale Hearing is holding open days throughout the week 5th – 11th February, where we will be demonstrating the latest in tinnitus relief technology, hearing solutions and audiologist Steven Hale will be offering free mini-consultations for both current and new customers.

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a condition in which a person perceives sound that is not actually present in the environment. It is often described as “ringing in the ears”, but can include virtually any type of sound including whooshing, hissing, or whistling.

What causes tinnitus?

The most common cause of tinnitus is damage and loss of the tiny sensory hair cells in the cochlea of the inner ear. This tends to happen as people age, however it can also result from prolonged exposure to excessively loud noise or exposure to a singular, very loud noise, such as an explosion.

Tinnitus is prevalent in those who work in construction and the entertainment industry. Famous sufferers of tinnitus include Ludwig van Beethoven, Ozzy Osbourne and William Shatner, among many others.

Treatment for tinnitus

According to the British Tinnitus Association, one in ten people suffer from tinnitus. However, patients are often told that they “just have to live with” tinnitus, or “nothing can be done“. However, tinnitus can almost always be treated, symptoms of tinnitus can be improved and patients can benefit from active care. There are also hearing aids available that are designed to provide relief for tinnitus, as well as combat hearing loss, such as Lyric by Phonak.

Steven Hale has been running a tinnitus clinic within his NHS practice since 2001 and he believes that working alongside ENT consultants in both his NHS and private practice gives him the valid knowledge needed and an edge over other practitioners.

Steven Hale Hearing also works with qualified hearing therapist, Alison Flower, who specialises in tinnitus and balance therapy at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. Alison is able to offer tinnitus rehabilitation, as well as sleep counselling and relaxation training.

Contact Steven Hale Hearing on 0121 308 2550 to book your free mini-consultation and discover the advances in tinnitus relief and hearing loss that can help you. #TinnitusWeek

6 Months in the Life of Serenade – Reducing the effects of Tinnitus

6 Months Using Serenade – This patient reports a 50% reduction in Tinnitus Disability.

You can see in earlier Blogs how this client has progressed, this is how he has progressed 6 months into using the Serenade.

He said that it’s been a bit of a mixed bag since he last saw me for the 3 week review. The first 3 weeks were excellent, he was getting periods of relief from his tinnitus. But after he initially saw me he then started to slip back and wasn’t getting as much relief from his tinnitus (although he pointed out he still was in a better place than he was before using Serenade).

He admitted that he was micro monitoring his tinnitus after the initial period. This is what he felt was hampering his progress. He has had hypnotherapy in the past, so 2 months ago arranged a session to help him stop micro monitoring his tinnitus. Since then he has come on leaps and bounds.

For the first 4 months he was wearing the Serenade religiously 4 hours a day, but has now dropped this down to 3 hours a day. He has however now got to the point that last week he had 2 1/2 days without using the Serenade at all.

He reports that on his scale he had 90% disability from his tinnitus when it started, now he would rate it at 40% disability. To go from 90% to 40% disability is a massive reduction, one that I have never seen before, let’s hope this is replicated in many other cases that I see.

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