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Tinnitus Awareness Week 2014 Savings!

Tinnitus Awareness

To help raise awareness for the British Tinnitus Association's Tinnitus Awareness Week 2014 and raise funds for the charity, we are giving great discounts on tinnitus treatment devices. Tinnitus Awareness week runs between 3rd and 9th February.

Book Today!

Providing we receive your tinnitus assessment booking at our 10 Harley Street clinic on or before 9th February for any date during February, we will give the following discounts off tinnitus treatment devices:

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A Great Response To SoundCure Serenade Treatment

Yesterday, I saw John. He has been suffering extreme insomnia for the last six weeks. He had previously been to another tinnitus clinic in London, but he was told that he was not a suitable candidate for their main treatment. It turns out that their device can only treat tinnitus at up to 10 kHz, and unfortunately for John his tinnitus is over 12 kHz.

After performing a hearing test, loudness tolerance testing, and loudness growth testing, I pitch and volume matched his tinnitus at 12.173 kHz and  16 dB SL respectively.

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How tinnitus can feel - thought of the week

A big thank you to Anne Palmer from the London Tinnitus Treatment Clinic Facebook page, who wrote a poem when she was having a bad day with her tinnitus. It really illustrates how desperate and isolated tinnitus can make a person feel.

So, as you prepare yourself for the coming week, spare a thought for your friends and loved ones with tinnitus, and give some consideration as to how you can help them - even just asking them how they are coping may lift their spirits. This poem may give you an idea how they feel inside...

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The challenge of coping with hearing impairment at work - a cautionary but uplifting story

This article from the Guardian last year is thought provoking on so many levels...

It is a reminder to everyone to protect what hearing they have, as hearing loss can be career changing to say the least;

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A kind thought to start the week

Mindfulness, one of the treatments offered by The London Tinnitus Treatment Clinic, can be an effective tool to reduce tinnitus distress. It can reduce anxiety, improve mental focus, reduce unwanted thoughts, and over time it can give you a sense of control over your tinnitus as well as other areas of your life. So, what then is this "mindfulness"?

Focussed thought

In common with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness believes that emotions are driven by thoughts. Whereas CBT has only been around since the 1950s, Mindfulness has been around much longer in one form or another. One of the main principles of Mindfulness is focused thinking, with a focus on the present, rather than worrying about the past or anticipating what may or may not happen in the future. This is taught by sitting quietly and focusing on something like the feeling of your breath as you breathe in and out, or repeatedly counting in your head from one to ten each time you breathe out. As someone with tinnitus, you'll probably find it easier to visualise the numbers in your head, but some people focus on the sound of the number being spoken in their head, and some people focus on both the picture of the number as well as the sound it makes.

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A very positive tinnitus patient testimonial

This article was recently published in WA Magazine. A tinnitus patient describes how the device turns the volume of her tinnitus down to a 2 on a scale of 1-10. Now, instead of having to leave the TV on all night to drown out her tinnitus, the device helps her get to sleep within ten minutes without the use of any medication. To see whether you can experience the same relief, call us on 0207 467 8473.

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Nightclubs high risk for recreational hearing damage and tinnitus

Following on from my recent post about research into a drug that could one day prevent noise-induced tinnitus, I was reminded of an article that I read earlier this year in the International Journal of Audiology supplement "The cultures of hearing loss prevention".

Elizabeth Beach, Megan Gilliver and Warwick Williams at the National Acoustic Laboratories in Australia analysed the results of a survey on 1,000 18-35 year-old Australian adults. They estimated that around one in seven Australian young adults are at risk of noise-induced hearing loss from noisy leisure activities, such as going to a pub, a fitness class,  a concert or live music venue, a sporting event or a nightclub. The figures are roughly the same for the USA and the UK and are in line with those found in studies in the UK and the US.

They found that with the high noise levels and an average stay of 3.3 hours, just one visit to a nightclub was worse than a whole week's exposure to workplace noise at the maximum legal limit.

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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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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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