I’m beat­ing tin­ni­tus

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A TIN­NI­TUS suf­ferer from South­port is urg­ing oth­ers to seek help af­ter he dis­cov­ered a treat­ment that helps him man­age the sever­ity of his con­di­tion.

Daniel Walsh was be­com­ing in­creas­ingly frus­trated with his tin­ni­tus and was ready to give up on find­ing any re­lief, af­ter be­ing told by var­i­ous health­care pro­fes­sion­als there was noth­ing that could be done to help.

Now to mark Tin­ni­tus Aware­ness Week (Fe­bru­ary 6-12), the re­tired 70-year-old is now keen to en­sure oth­ers are not dis­cour­aged from seek­ing treat­ment, af­ter Tin­ni­tus De­sen­si­ti­sa­tion Ther­apy (TDT) from The Tin­ni­tus Clinic in Manch­ester led to a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in the sever­ity of his con­di­tion.

More than 110,000 peo­ple across Mersey­side are es­ti­mated to be af­fected by tin­ni­tus.

Daniel said: “The tin­ni­tus was mak­ing me short-tem­pered and I was get­ting re­ally fed-up with it, it sounded like I had a buzzing mos­quito near my ears.

“I first no­ticed the noise in my ears af­ter driv­ing down a steep moun­tain road in Spain in 2014, it was a whistling sound.

“How­ever, I was also in the Mer­chant Navy when I was younger and ex­posed to noise with­out much, if any, ear pro­tec­tion while work­ing in the en­gi­neer­ing room so my hear­ing may have been af­fected by that, too.

“I had gone to a NHS GP and was also treated pri­vately but was told by all the health­care pro­fes­sion­als I saw there was noth­ing that could be done about it.

“I was just about ready to give up when I had one last search of the in­ter- net – and found The Tin­ni­tus Clinic. “They have been very, very good. “I am re­ally pos­i­tive about the treat­ment, I’d say it’s a 90% im­prove­ment.

“Now when I be­come aware of the tin­ni­tus again I put the TDT prod­ucts in and it very quickly helps.

“I am not hav­ing to at­tend ap­point­ments as fre­quently ei­ther, as I am re­spond­ing to the treat­ment so well.”

Mike Wells, an au­di­ol­o­gist at The Tin­ni­tus Clinic in Al­trin­cham, near Manch­ester, said: “Daniel is one of many pa­tients who have come to us over the years believ­ing noth­ing can be done to help with their tin­ni­tus.

“But he has been un­der­tak­ing TDT with us since April 2016 and has ex­pe­ri­enced a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in his tin­ni­tus per­cep­tion.

“We mea­sure the sever­ity of each pa­tient’s con­di­tion us­ing a range of di­ag­nos­tic mea­sures, in­clud­ing the Tin­ni­tus Hand­i­cap In­ven­tory (THI) method, an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard.

“Daniel’s orig­i­nal score at his first as­sess­ment was 46, but at his most re­cent it was recorded as just two.

“TDT is a ther­a­peu­tic path­way spe­cially de­signed by The Tin­ni­tus Clinic and uses a com­bi­na­tion of ther­a­pies to con­trol the pa­tient’s tin­ni­tus aware­ness, with the long-term goal of en­cour­ag­ing the brain to fil­ter it out.

“By redi­rect­ing the brain’s at­ten­tion, TDT helps the pa­tient over time be­come less and less aware of the symp­toms.”

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on TDT or The Tin­ni­tus Clinic and its other prod­ucts call 0203 597 4988, visit www.thetinni­tusclinic.co.uk or e-mail info@thetinni­tusclinic.co.uk.

An ex­am­i­na­tion is the first step in the treat­ment

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