What is Tinnitus?
In the vast majority of cases, Tinnitus is a ringing, whistling, humming or buzzing sound you hear in your ears, that doesn’t exist outside of your body. This could be in one ear or both ears.
It could be intermittent or constant. It could also pulsate or be variable in its sounds and or volume.
In very rare cases others can hear it.
The Impact of Tinnitus
The sounds you can hear with tinnitus can be unique to yourself and, as such, the way you react to or feel about your tinnitus will also be unique.
We understand that your tinnitus can cause you distress and may be impacting on your ability to concentrate or sleep, or it is stopping you from doing tasks throughout the day.
Finding a Solution to your Tinnitus
Finding the most suitable solution for your tinnitus is what we do. We are one of a very few clinics in the UK that is able to provide a thorough assessment of your hearing.
We will assess the pitch (frequency) and loudness of your tinnitus and this, together with an understanding of any medical reason for your tinnitus, will allow us to tailor-make an evidence-based solution for you.
Various Treatment Options – There is HOPE!
Whilst there is currently no cure for tinnitus there is still hope.
Research has developed several effective tinnitus treatments and combinations of therapies, which can help to reduce the severity and provide relief over time.
Your tinnitus is unique to you, so the solution also needs to be bespoke.
Most people find that being given a detailed explanation of their tinnitus, together with being told “it will almost certainly improve”, hugely beneficial and reassuring.
In the vast majority of cases tinnitus does spontaneously decrease over time.
- Hearing aids
Correcting even quite a mild hearing loss can be very helpful to your tinnitus, because it helps you to hear sounds that you would otherwise miss. This makes the tinnitus less audible and removes the strain from hearing.
Helping you to hear better may also reverse tinnitus-related changes in your brain.
- Combination Devices
Sometimes fitting a combination device can help, which includes both a hearing aid and wearable sound generator.
How does this help?
Well, taking an image as an example, look at the cricket in the two pictures below.
With a hearing loss that is not corrected by a hearing aid or combination device, the cricket stands out a mile.
When even a mild hearing loss is treated with a combination device, other noises become more audible. The hearing device creates a “whole picture” of your environment and in doing so, removes the focus from your tinnitus. As you can see in image B, the cricket blends into the whole picture.
Addressing underlying worries and concerns and getting support with your tinnitus can be effective.
- Relaxation therapy
Many people find that their tinnitus is worse when they are stressed but better when they are relaxed.
- Sleep management
Some people with troublesome tinnitus have sleep difficulties and specific advice on what to do at home to help you sleep (sleep hygiene) will be beneficial.
- Sound enrichment therapy
The use of sound, either desk-top devices or wearable sound generators, to help both reduce the starkness of the tinnitus and promote habituation.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
This is a specific form of therapy which addresses any negative thoughts you may have about your tinnitus and through both counselling and practice help to change these thoughts.
- Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) (habituation therapy)
This is a very structured approach to managing your tinnitus.
TRT assumes that the tinnitus has been prioritised as an important signal and uses sounds at a particular level to try to reduce the priority of the tinnitus, so that you no longer hear it.
It is based on the idea that if we can get used to sounds, e.g. the sound of a fridge or an air conditioner, we can also get used to this sound of tinnitus. The process of getting used to the tinnitus sound is called habituation.
TRT uses sound generators and counselling to attempt to retrain the brain in how it processes sound, so that you habituate to the tinnitus.
- Psychological support
This may be offered to help people with tinnitus to deal with their accompanying feelings of anxiety and depression.
It is possible that some people may benefit from medication such as anti-anxiety medication, anti-depressants or sleeping tablets for other conditions they have in addition to their tinnitus. There is no specific medication for tinnitus.
Why angli-EAR can help you
At Angli-EAR, we are passionate about helping you with your tinnitus.
We keep our knowledge current and up to date with the latest technology and treatment options that are proven to work. We mention ‘evidence-based’ as this is very important and allows us to be on the forefront of tinnitus therapies.
We take tinnitus seriously and therefore support the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) by being one of their corporate members (https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/angliear-hearing-and-tinnitus-solutions).
Tinnitus Awareness Week
Feb 5th - 12th, 2018
We have a passion for helping people with tinnitus. For tinnitus week we have set ourselves a target to make over 100, 00 people aware with our range of events. Our events include appearing on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on Monday 5th February, Facebook question and answer sessions on Tuesday 6th and Friday 9th February. Read more about our tinnitus week activities and get involved.
Sympathy & Understanding
"angliEAR uses the most advanced modern technology to assess an individual’s hearing weakness in a variety of situations. Trevor Chapman then guides each patient through possible remedies with sympathy and understanding.Once a suitable aid has been identified, he arranges and introduction to its use in progressive stages until an optimum is reached.
There is no sales pressure. Costs are competitive – I made sure of that!"
Michael - Stapleford. CB22
5th October 2016
Thanking you for the professional service you gave me on my hearing problem, as you know that I had other professional advice on my Hearing problem, but you gave me the hearing aids and the professional service that I was very pleased with, and again thank you for that.
24 August 2016
“It is with great pleasure that I give this testimonial for Trevor who is an exceptional Audiologist in every way. He is a consummate professional, with a wide and detailed technical knowledge and understanding, he listens patiently and takes the necessary time to explain everything clearly to the client. Trevor has superb communication skills and is able to tune the hearing aid to deliver a perfect result. All this without even one gram of pressure selling."
8 September 2016
New World of Hearing
“I chanced upon angliEAR Hearing through an ad in the local paper. How lucky it was as I had no expectations at all. Then I met Trevor who really knew what he was about and carefully guided me through the process of of wearing hearing aids for the first time. There was never any feeling of being oversold and now I am ecstatic that I have taken the plunge and opened up a whole new world of hearing.
17 October 2016
Patient & Caring
"I have just finished trialling a Hearing aid, then purchasing them from Trevor at angliEAR Hearing. I can warmly recommend him as one of the most patient and caring audiologists.
He spent lots of time explaining my hearing loss, the type of hearing aids best suited for me, how to use them, care for them and over several appointments making sure I was happy with my hearing wearing the aids."
4 November 2016
Over 6 weeks of ear pain, headaches, ear blockage, hearing loss, tinnitus, not being able to think straight and having my sleep affected... And having been messed around and kept waiting by my GP surgery, all changed and alleviated by angliEAR Hearing today, in one day! I'm soooo grateful! I called this morning and spoke to Sarah the lovely receptionist, who was really understanding and supportive hearing my tale of woe. Thankfully Trevor managed to fit me in today and successfully remove the ear wax that was causing most of the problems. What a relief! And what a difference to be properly listened to and carefully and professionally treated, by caring, knowledgeable staff in a nice environment.
I'm going back next week for a hearing test and to see what can be done for my tinnitus.
I have no hesitation in recommending angliEAR Hearing for your ear troubles.
Thank you so much Trevor and Sarah for alleviating my suffering. Who knew ear wax could be so troublesome?!
And meeting Teddy (the gorgeous office Golden Retriever puppy) was a happy, welcome bonus! 🙂
Saheera - Ely. CB6
9 December 2016
Very professional and friendly staff
I called up on a Friday morning around 9:30, the staff had to leave early that day for a conference. However they said they would squeeze me in just before they closed for the day. I'd liked to say a massive thank you for the amazing service and treatment. From start to finish the service was faultless and everything was explained in great detail which was a great reassurance, dare i say far beyond anything I've experienced at a GP level.
Thanks guys and all the best for the future of your business.
Craig - St Ives. PE27
9 December 2016
I don't normally leave reviews - good or bad - but my experience today was exceptional. Thank you so much for your warm welcome - Teddy was an added bonus - the excellent service and the complete removal of my ear wax! I will be back next time it needs doing and you would also be my first port of call for any other hearing problems in the future. Thanks again.
Sue - Shelford. CB22
28 December 2016
Hearing aid has exceeded my expectations
I decided to visit angliEar because they had been recommended to me and when I read reviews on the internet they were all incredibly positive. I have suffered with hearing difficulties for some time and wanted to have clear and straightforward advice about the options. Trevor's qualifications were exemplary and he was very easy to talk to and was patient and dedicated to finding the best personal option for me. I saw him on a weekly basis for a month having been given a hearing aid to trial for this period free of charge. My daughter took me to every appointment and he was very accommodating and welcoming. The hearing aid has exceeded my expectations and I now even need to ask my daughter to speak more quietly! After the trial period I decided to go ahead with the purchase and I haven't looked back. I enjoy gatherings with numerous people and can hear everything they are saying even in a noisy setting. I have a strong family network so have not joined any local support groups but I know that Trevor is very involved with educating the local community. I would totally recommend angliEAR and wish Trevor and his team all the best for the future.
Judith - Sawston. CB22
27 March 2017
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