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Inspiring Tinnitus Poetry

Our thanks go out to Anne Palmer over at the London Tinnitus Treatment Clinic Facebook page, who wrote the following poem back in July 2008, and who recently gave us permission to publish this inspiring poem. If you are a tinnitus sufferer, you will probably have felt the feelings that she expresses so eloquently. If you know someone who has tinnitus, or if you have never experienced tinnitus, this will give you an insight into the inner life of a person with a condition that is always there but which no-one else can see and few can understand.

Dying for Silence

I scream in silence so that
no one else can hear,
Yet it is not because of those passing
strangers, that I constantly fear,
I fear that they too can hear the noises
buzzing round and round my head,
So loud that all must surely hear it,
And not the casual words I’ve said.
Oh, how I long for silence,
The silence of the night,
For my world is now a battle,
And to win it, is one long hard fight. 
A loud continual hissing
Like under a waterfall I stand,
With a top “E” note screaming out at me
Doesn’t anyone understand?

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I've always found "catastrophising" to be an unusual and interesting word. It is a term coined within the realms of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) that refers to the tendency to make a mountain out of a molehill (magnification), worry about and be fearful of things (rumination), and feel unable to cope (helplessness). Albert Ellis, founder of Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) uses the term "disasterising" in a similar way.

Tinnitus doesn't have to be a total catastrophe. We're learning more about it all the time, and there are treatments to help people cope with their tinnitus, as well as new products that can suppress tinnitus to varying degrees in the majority of people.

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Can't Hear After A Hard Night Clubbing? This Could Be Why

Over at Science Alert, there's an article on how our understanding of temporary hearing loss following noise exposure is changing. Basically, it's just a natural effect of the ear adapting to the higher noise level, and it takes a while for it to reset itself.

However, don't relax just yet - this effect will reverse itself for moderate levels of noise, and you can't stay in the noise for too long, otherwise it could become permanent. My take-home message for clubbers, music lovers, and people who like to play music on mp3 players at high levels is to get some musicians' earplugs and/or ETY-Kids noise isolating earphones. You can see a review of of ETY-Kids here.

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As someone who has tinnitus, I have found that it can sometimes be difficult for people who don't have tinnitus to understand what it sounds like. Mine is a very high pitched whistling or ringing in one ear. Sometimes it changes for a few seconds to a medium pitched beeeeeeeeeeeeeeep before disappearing and then coming back as the high pitched whistle again.

My patients have described theirs as a high pitched ringing, a low buzzing, a hum, a whooshing sound, a hissing sound, a radio that's out of tune, a truck engine, a jet engine or combinations of these. Some people have very quiet, but nevertheless annoying tinnitus. Some have very loud, distressing tinnitus that wakes them at night, or stops them from getting to sleep in the first place. Even relatively quiet tinnitus can prevent a person from sitting down to read a good book, or study for an exam. Some people's tinnitus is always the same volume. Some people's tinnitus can vary from quiet to loud and back again through the day. Some tinnitus stays the same pitch, and some tinnitus changes pitch so much it can be difficult to "tune out".

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Unitron Moxi Kiss From £895 - A beautiful new tinnitus treatment?

Could this be the most beautiful tinnitus treatment device in the world?

I was privileged to be invited to the launch of Unitron's new Moxi Kiss tinnitus treatment combination device at the Raddison Blu Edwardian hotel in London.

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New Tinnitus Treatments 2014

What effective new tinnitus treatments are there in 2014?

Prospective patients and sometimes their loved ones often ask me if there have been any effective new tinnitus treatments discovered in 2013, or even if there is a cure for tinnitus yet.

I have to say that 2013 has been a good year for new developments in tinnitus treatment. We have some good evidence on the effectiveness of existing treatments, and some very exciiting new developments that have emerged out of research within the last few years from the University of California.

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