Sound ad­vice on tin­ni­tus

Daily Express - - LETTERS -

DO you or a loved one suf­fer from hear­ing prob­lems? Six mil­lion Bri­tons are cop­ing with tin­ni­tus, a con­di­tion that causes ring­ing, buzzing, hum­ming or whoosh­ing noises in the ears. Tin­ni­tus is as­so­ci­ated with hear­ing loss in 90 per cent of cases but many of those liv­ing with the dis­or­der feel they aren’t get­ting enough help.

Re­search by the Bri­tish Tin­ni­tus As­so­ci­a­tion re­cently found that 53 per cent of those who went to their GP with the con­di­tion were unhappy with the ad­vice they were given.

The same study found that 88 per cent of peo­ple re­ferred to an au­di­ol­ogy unit had to wait up to four months for an ap­point­ment.

Tin­ni­tus in­volves hear­ing noises in the ears that come from inside the head, rather than an ex­ter­nal source.

This ring­ing, buzzing or hum­ming can be in one or both ears and can se­ri­ously dam­age qual­ity of life.

But the good news is that the lat­est tech­nol­ogy in hear­ing aids can help bring respite from tin­ni­tus and re­store qual­ity of life.

Am­pli­fon, a global hear­ing spe­cial­ist, can pro­vide ex­pert ad­vice and suit­able hear­ing aids quickly, to help re­duce the symp­toms.

Ac­cord­ing to the Bri­tish Tin­ni­tus As­so­ci­a­tion stud­ies have “strongly sug­gested that for a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of peo­ple, hear­ing aids do re­duce the ef­fect of tin­ni­tus”.

The abil­ity of hear­ing aids to am­plify sounds around them can make the noises as­so­ci­ated with tin­ni­tus less no­tice­able.

Am­pli­fon’s sta­teof-the-art dig­i­tal aids can be tai­lored to suit a per­son’s in­di­vid­ual hear­ing needs and can come with be­spoke tin­ni­tus pro­grammes. These work by pro­duc­ing re­lax­ing sounds that mask the ef­fect of tin­ni­tus, dis­tract­ing the wearer from the un­wanted, end­less noises in their ears that can cause ev­ery­thing from sleep de­pri­va­tion to de­pres­sion. Wire­less stream­ing now means that pa­tients can also choose from a range of sounds they pre­fer at the press of a but­ton. Sound pil­lows, which gen­er­ate sound via a con­nected smart­phone or MP3 player, can also help those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing tin­ni­tus get a good night’s rest. Each per­son’s ex­pe­ri­ence of tin­ni­tus tends to be unique to them, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be a life sen­tence. Lots of peo­ple are al­ready find­ing that thanks to good ad­vice from an au­di­ol­o­gist through Am­pli­fon – which has 200 hear­ing cen­tres in the UK – their qual­ity of life has been trans­formed. DID YOU KNOW?

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