Tinnitus

Tinnitus

What is Tinnitus?

The dictionary definition for tinnitus is:

A sound in one ear or both ears, such as buzzing, ringing, or whistling, occurring without an external stimulus.

But to most, it is just an annoying noise heard in the ears or head.

Tinnitus can trigger different negative emotions within your body. Your perception of the sound and your reaction to it is what will potentially drag you down.

You hear the tinnitus, you stress about the tinnitus, you then monitor the tinnitus, which stresses you out even further, the noise seems louder & so it goes on…

It’s Steven’s job to break this cycle. There are several ways this can be done, which can bring significant relief.

Can it be treated or do I just have to live with it?

There is no cure for tinnitus, however there is effective treatment available. Steven can guide you through the options for treatment, whether it be sound therapy, amplification or just understanding your Tinnitus and putting your mind at rest.

Steven is highly qualified in the treatment of tinnitus having run a tinnitus clinic within the NHS for 15 years & now continuing it in his private practice.

What causes tinnitus?

The most common cause is damage and loss of the tiny sensory hair cells in the cochlea of the inner ear. This can happen as people get older or as a result of prolonged or sudden exposure to excessively loud noise, but sometimes there is no obvious reason for it.

If you suspect that you may be suffering with tinnitus, your first step is to undergo a professional consultation. After your diagnosis, Steven can make an individual treatment plan for your tinnitus. A Tinnitus Treatment plan combines the elements below, depending on your degree of tinnitus

  • Counselling – helps you to identify and change the way you perceive tinnitus
  • Relaxation – guide you in sleep strategies and relaxation.
  • Sound stimulation – sound therapy can reduce your tinnitus related stress.
  • Amplification – hearing aids can be a big help if you have an underlying hearing loss.

A typical consultation is detailed below:

  • History – Steven needs to know what’s happened up to now. By listening to your concerns he can build up a bigger picture of what’s happening and how he can help.
  • Video Otoscopy – Using a Video Camera high resolution pictures of your ears are taken to identify any problems.
  • Wax removal – if needed, Steven is able to use a variety of procedures to remove any wax from your ears, there is little point in continuing with your consultation if your ears are fully or partially blocked with wax.
  • Pure Tone Audiometry, this is a full diagnostic hearing test completed in sound proof booth. This test can identify the cause, nature and severity of your tinnitus. This involves wearing a pair of headphones and responding to a series of beeps and whistles at different levels and frequencies.
  • Middle Ear Functional test, to identify if your middle ear is working normally.
  • Onward referral – Occasionally we may feel that onward referral is required – this is unusual, but you can trust us to always do the right thing, we work with the best Ear Nose and Throat Consultants in the area.
  • Explanation of Results – Once all of the information and testing is complete, Steven will explain all of the tests in detail to you.
  • Treatment plan, Steven will make you an individual treatment plan to help you gain the maximum relief from your tinnitus.

“After listening to my Tinnitus story, Steven 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. Steven is one of the few professionals I have met who understands the solutions to our hearing misery and I absolutely would recommend him to other Tinnitus sufferers.” – Dave Hough