At Clearly Hearing we go beyond the ear and place a strong emphasis on supporting the whole person. Our one-to-one management programmes can be conducted online or in London.
Because we are a team of professionals, we can implement a range of patient-centred approaches to your hearing care.
Our professionals at Clearly Hearing understand the limitations of the traditional impairment-focused models of care where professionals view tinnitus (ringing in ears) as a separate and primary ‘problem’ to be solved. Management of tinnitus and related problems usually involve the use of a mix of hearing therapies like sound generators either on or off the ear, hearing aid solutions and evidence-based tinnitus retraining methods. Tinnitus is challenging to manage, as there are many tinnitus causes related to:
• Capability & readiness to engage in a treatment plan
• Cognitive ability
• Coping with fatigue
• Emotional health
• Personal relationships
• Quality of life
• Resilience to stress
• Social & vocational wellbeing
How to start your personal programme
Our one-to-one programmes are highly tailored, personal and are closely supported by your Audiologist via email, phone or the hearing aid manufacturer’s app. If you could be interested in starting a personal programme please arrange a free 15 minute consultation session.
For the tinnitus session, we provide a space in our COVID safe and comfortable clinic to explore your life’s demands in relation to these whole person considerations to come up with a realistic way of relieving your tinnitus. We also complete a cognitive and hearing health assessment and measurement of your tinnitus distress. Tests are carried out for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. We allow 2 hours for this initial session.
We conclude the session with suggestions regarding a way forward and creating a personal tinnitus treatment plan.
Treatment plans can include a combination of the cognitive training, lifestyle strategies, clinical mindfulness, meditation techniques, sleep strategies, sound therapy, hearing health support, psychological support and more.
If you are ready to be an active part of the tinnitus treatment plan, we help you implement this into your daily life over a period of time. Depending on the way forward, programmes that include support from our specialists can last anything from 8 weeks to 16 weeks. Once this period is over, we would encourage you to check-in at least once a year to review your cognitive hearing health and wellbeing. Top-up sessions to revisit strategies and techniques are also an option.
Tinnitus Courses and Workshops
At Clearly Hearing, we will run courses and workshops to support people with tinnitus. Led by experts in the fields of Audiology and Counselling, these courses and workshops provide an opportunity to learn strategies and techniques to increase our capacity to live well with tinnitus. It is ideal for anyone who is looking to establish a foundation of knowledge about tinnitus, recovering from stress and fatigue and ultimately cultivating greater lasting wellbeing.
Trying to self-help is a good place to start on your tinnitus journey. You might be able to gain a lot through reputable tinnitus self-help books and guides. The following are written for the highly respected and well-written leaders in the field of Audiology at the British Tinnitus Association.
You can also take the below steps, now!
• Alleviate stress – Stress is well-known to provoke tinnitus. Tinnitus affects the brain in many ways – through the auditory centre, as well as the emotional control centres of the brain. The greater the stress levels, the more significant the perception of tinnitus and the more of a problem it becomes.
• Bedtime is downtime – Avoid watching television or using the phone. A good use of your device is to use it as a sound generator to provide a constant, relaxing and non-stimulating background sound.
• Relaxation and exercise – Regular physical activity and scheduled down time helps with stress reduction, improving sleep and general well-being.
• Manage environmental sounds – Turn on the radio when you’re home alone or listen to some music.
• Medication – If you are taking any medication or using supplements, take some time to understand the side effects as certain medication can exacerbate tinnitus.
• Protect your hearing – Avoid loud environments or use appropriate and effective ear protection when you cannot.
• Reduce salt intake – Be aware of foods with high salt levels. Sodium can exacerbate the effects of tinnitus.
• Start a diary – Be mindful of when your tinnitus improved or became more aggravated, and what you were doing around that time. This would be a very useful tool to integrate into your treatment plan.
• Use a sound generator or hearing aid if you have hearing loss.
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We are open, with normal clinic hours operating. We will remain open during the lockdown unless we receive any updated guidance from the government, as hearing clearly is essential. Boris Johnson has emphasised the need for medical services to continue, and we remain committed to ensuring that we support our patients with their paths to better hearing during this difficult time.