Tinnitus Management

Ringing in the ears

Tinnitus Management
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Tinnitus Management

Tinnitus – Patient Information

The name TINNITUS is derived from the latin verb ‘tinnire’ meaning to ring but in fact can be perceived in many forms such as a hiss, a buzz, clicking, music, a pulsating and a whistle to name just a few. It is the perception of sound, by an individual in the absence of any obvious, related, external sound source.

Most people at some point in their lives will have experienced even a brief perception of ‘ringing in the ears’ and many attendees of live music events will describe, post event, a perception of tinnitus that usually settles overnight.

If however you are part of the 10% of the population that perceives tinnitus regularly – for longer than 5 minutes and would like more information about the condition or the approximately 1% of the population that finds their tinnitus troublesome to the point that it affects their daily lives, then please get in touch for an appointment to help you improve your management of this condition.

How do we help with the management of intrusive tinnitus – what works?

Since the 1990s, Neurophysiological based management has been shown to be effective for most people. This is developing an understanding of the relationship between the ear and the brain that allows for the detection and processing of sound information leading to conscious awareness or hearing.

Information is a powerful tool and demystifying the process that can lead to tinnitus emergence and then perpetuation of the signal allows the individual to then, with help, build up an appropriate management plan.

Sound Therapy, Relaxation, information and advice on sleep hygiene are some of the things that can be used to help reduce the impact that tinnitus can be having upon you as an individual.

It is important to reassure people that only a small proportion of those experiencing tinnitus are significantly affected by it and although you may find it hard to believe at this point, over time your brain should be able to retrain to filter out this irksome distraction.

Would you find it helpful to talk to others, to share coping strategies, to listen to their experiences of how they are managing their tinnitus?

If so, please join us in attending the newly formed Sheffield Tinnitus Support Group (STSG).

We are a clinician supported, friendly group who meet every three months and the next meeting is:

Thursday 16 February 2017 – 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Seminar Room 4 at the Medical School, B Floor, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield.

You will be assured of a warm welcome!

What will happen
at my first appointment?

Your first appointment will be about an hour. We will work through a questionnaire, allowing us to gain as much information as possible about your tinnitus and how it is affecting you as an individual. We will look in detail at the model associated with Neurophysiological based management as described above and give an overview of things that should help reduce tinnitus perception.

Further appointments can then be arranged to provide support and work within specific areas.

Vertigo & Balance Centre

The Sheffield Vertigo & Balance Centre is a multidisciplinary clinic for diagnosis and management of disorders of the human balance system. The human balance system operates through three peripheral sensors – the eyes, the muscle and joint senses and the ears to enable a subject to orient himself in space.