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Tinnitus Rehabilitation

Hearing a sound in Your Ears?

If you are hearing a sound in your ears, you could have tinnitus.

Tinnitus involves the sensation of hearing a sound when there is no external sound present. Often, the phantom noise may vary in pitch from a low roar to a high squeal, and you may hear it in one or both ears. In some cases, the sound can be so loud it can interfere with your ability to concentrate or hear actual sound.

Subjective Tinnitus

Tinnitus that only the individual suffering can hear. This is the most common type of Tinnitus and the sounds experienced by different sufferers often varies. Subjective Tinnitus is often caused due to some degree of damage to the tiny hair cells within the cochlea.

Objective Tinnitus

An uncommon type of Tinnitus. In some cases your doctor or health care practitioner can hear it when he or she does an examination. This rare type of Yinnitus may be caused by a blood vessel problem, a middle ear condition or muscle contractions

What does an assessment entail

If you have Tinnitus it is often recommended that you see a specialist. At Pindrop Hearing our Tinnitus Specialist performs a thorough examination providing you both reassurance and a way forward with your Tinnitus.

Our comprehensive Tinnitus assessment will compromise of a range of diagnostic tests which will help the specialist understand your individual Tinnitus profile. Once this has been done, your specialist will be able to recommend an appropriate treatment pathway for you whilst also answering any of your questions or concerns.

Tinnitus Assessment & Test
(self pay only) £295 

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What tests to expect during an initial assessment

Video-otoscopy

We will examine your ear canal using our specialist video camera and display the picture for you to see (if you want to). We will be able to identify any obvious obstructions such as wax and identify any problems with the ear canal or eardrum.

Earwax removal

with micro-suction (if necessary). If we determine there is any occluding wax in the ear canal which could be causing your Tinnitus, this will be removed easily and painlessly using micro-suction.

High Frequency Pure Tone Audiometry

This is used to look at the sensitivity of your cochlea to sounds and is performed in our sound proof booth. This is an extended high frequency diagnostic hearing test which tests your hearing up to 16 kHz.

Tympanometry

This is a test of middle ear function, where we can identify any negative pressure, congestion or fluid in the middle ear.

Speech Discrimination in noise testing

This test is done in our purpose built, calibrated, soundproof room. We will test your ability to understand speech with and without background noise.

Pitch Matching

This test is done to understand the frequency of your Tinnitus which can help in tailoring therapies for yourself.

Uncomfortable Loudness level testing

This is not always performed, but is included within the test battery so as to identify any sounds which could be causing you discomfort.

What happens after my assesment?

After the testing is performed, the audiologist will explain what all these tests mean for you. They will provide you with a better understanding of Tinnitus and how it may be impacting your life. Furthermore, they will discuss the various treatments available for your case.

As Tinnitus affects each individual in a different way it is important to tailor the therapies for you individually. At Pindrop Hearing our specialist will be able to analyse your case and create a therapy pathway for you which could include a combination of the following therapies.

Tinnitus Therapies

Pindrop hearing has created a bespoke Tinnitus therapy gleaning from current Tinnitus research and combining this with our extensive experience of treating individuals suffering from Tinnitus. Our therapy utilises a sophisticated combination device which is programmed around your specific Tinnitus. Coupling this with a number of therapeutic techniques we can achieve a degree of control over your Tinnitus enabling habituation to occur over a given period of time.

There are a number of different therapies available for Tinnitus and our specialists will often utilise a combination of different therapies in order to get the best results for you.

Cognitive Behavioural therapy

Cognitive Therapy: The goal of this therapy is to alter the patient’s perception of Tinnitus. This will help the patient not to fixate on the negative aspects of Tinnitus, but rather to focus on the positive outcomes in coping with your ailment. Cognitive therapy works best when combined with masking or medication treatments.

Hearing aids

Hearing aids have been used for many decades in order to aid people with Tinnitus. Often the underlying cause of Tinnitus is due to a hearing loss. With the current advancements of hearing aid technology, we are able to effectively correct the hearing loss and often we find that by increasing the ambient sounds, we have a dulling or even total masking of the Tinnitus. In essence the Tinnitus is greatly controlled.

Sound Therapy

Sound is used to partially or completely cover the Tinnitus with the use of both wearable and/or non-wearable devices. Sound therapy often coupled with some counselling can be a very strong tool in helping to deal with Tinnitus especially when we are having trouble sleeping.

Biofeedback

This is a relaxation technique that tries to change the body’s reaction to stress. Stress can be a very large propagator for Tinnitus and biofeedback techniques teach the individual to control their involuntary body functions. Some examples of involuntary body functions are pulse, and muscle tension. Over the years we have found that individual employing these techniques have noticed a reduction in their Tinnitus by adjusting their reaction to stress in their lives.

Keeping you safe during COVID-19

At Pindrop Hearing the safety of our patients, visitors and staff is of utmost importance. We continue to follow guidance from the Department of Health and Public Health England to ensure that all our clinics are COVID safe. We ask that all patients and visitors observe social distancing in communal and waiting areas and you may have your temperature checked on arrival. All our staff are subject to regular COVID testing. We have enhanced cleaning and hygiene regimes between all appointments, and the use of surgical facemasks is mandatory for all clinical procedures.

We will offer remote services wherever possible or appropriate, such as postal hearing aid repairs or online hearing appointments but will be continuing with face to face appointments for the majority of our services.

Rony Ganguly Pindrop Director

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If you have been referred for a test or are in need of our services, you can make your appointment by phone on 02074872660 or email info@pindrophearing.co.uk in the usual way.

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0207 487 2660

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280 Kings Road Chelsea, London SW3 5AW

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