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Bank Holiday Treasure Hunt £100 Saving - over 50% off tinnitus assessment!

At The London Tinnitus Treatment Clinic, we want to make the SoundCure Serenade® tinnitus suppressor available to as many people as possible. With 35% of patients getting 70% or better suppression of their tinnitus, and 35% getting between 30%-50% suppression in the short term, and possibly better in the long term, we don't know how much benefit you'll get until you try the device. The likelihood is that it is going to help you as most people get a good to excellent amount of improvement, and nobody gets any worsening of their tinnitus. If you rate your tinnitus on a scale of 1 - 10, and you rate it at 5 or more, you will probably be a good candidate for treatment with the SoundCure Serenade. Whether you go on to buy the SoundCure Serenade or not, we feel that knowing that there is an effective treatment that will help you is enough to make you feel more hopeful about the future and less distressed by your tinnitus.

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The Closest Yet To A Cure For Tinnitus?

The London Tinnitus Treatment Clinic are proud to announce that we are now a SoundCure Certified Provider, and can assess and fit patients at our Harley Street consulting rooms. The recommended schedule includes an assessment & fitting, a follow-up after one week, a further follow-up after one month, and then every six months or as the patient requires.

To book an assessment and fitting appointment, please call us on 020 7467 8473.

So, who are SoundCure and what is different about their new device? Other tinnitus sound therapy devices were inspired by theories and then research was formulated to try to demonstrate their effectiveness. The Serenade® on the other hand is a medical device that was born out of research that started in 2006, when researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) began working with a patient with a cochlear implant who was suffering from tinnitus. Traditional treatment approaches were attempted, but failed to provide relief. They then applied a pitch-matched amplitude modulated sound, at a comfortable loudness via the patient’s cochlear implant  and discovered that this relieved the patient’s tinnitus–for the first time in two years, all he heard was a calming, pleasant tone produced by the low-rate stimulus. Transferring this technology from a cochlear implant to sounds anyone could hear led to the creation of S-Tones®, the foundation of the SoundCure Serenade® technology.

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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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Fundraising to prevent deafness from measles

The London Tinnitus Treatment Clinic are helping to raise money for measles vaccination campaigns run by medical charity Merlin.

Jason Levy, Certified Tinnitus Practitioner at The London Tinnitus Treatment Clinic says "Many people know that measles can cause blindness, but not many know that it can also cause loss of hearing. "

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