Initially, we encourage you to call us and speak to a Qualified Tinnitus Specialist. They will be able to answer your questions about our service and give you further tinnitus advice. This 10-minute free session will help us to understand your concerns and make recommendations for your next steps.
Seeing a tinnitus professional for an initial assessment is the first step to learning more about your tinnitus & how it affects you. After this assessment, we provide you with useful treatment advice & a bespoke treatment plan, where necessary. Patients are usually feeling much better after this initial session.
Medical History - some patients have a medical condition that causes tinnitus. A medical history will assist with diagnosis and recommending treatment.
Audiological History - identifying possible causes of tinnitus within the hearing pathways, including excessive ear wax, noise exposure, age-related hearing loss.
Psychological History - How has anxiety or stress triggered tinnitus or made it worse? How has tinnitus made stress & anxiety worse? How has tinnitus affected sleep?
Any 'Outer' ear conditions can be identified during video otoscopic examination. Sometimes, ear wax is the cause of tinnitus, or it can make can make tinnitus worse.
During this consultation we will remove any excessive ear wax using microsuction which is safe, comfortable & quick.
Where excessive ear wax is the problem, it's removal can create almost instant tinnitus relief. For some patients, no further treatment is necessary.
The vast majority of patients with tinnitus have some form of hearing loss. Your hearing may be good, but it is the deterioration in hearing which can set off the chain reaction that leads to tinnitus.
We test hearing using Pure-Tone audiometry (testing your hearing of certain frequencies at different intensities. Speech Audiometry tests reveals how clearly you hear speech)
Audiometry can help in the diagnosis of certain conditions that cause tinnitus, and is crucial in the selection of appropriate treatment options.
These assessments will help us understand your experience with tinnitus and how to treat it.
Returning to these measures during and after treatment gives you an objective measure of your progress with our tinnitus treatments.
Following the assessments outlined in this section we will commence with one of the fundamental instruments of tinnitus treatment:
Tinnitus Educational Counselling (TED) is important in reducing the fear and anxiety around tinnitus. Not fully understanding tinnitus can lead to an intense fear of what tinnitus is and how tinnitus will affect you in the future. Fears can lead to a 'fight or flight' response that intensifies tinnitus.
Educational counselling will inform you better about tinnitus and reduce the impact of fear and anxiety that is associated with not fully understanding tinnitus.
This part of the session will incorporate a question and answer dialogue where irrational thoughts & fears are addressed and myths are dispelled. There is a considerable amount of online information that is false and misleading and this only leads to worse tinnitus. We help to clarify, and address your concerns during this part of the consultation.
There are a number of devices that can treat tinnitus successfully including:
During this initial consultation we will also touch on therapies that will reduce the anxiety and stress which are serving to make your tinnitus worse. These therapies are tinnitus-specific in their approach. We are focused on using these tools to reduce the tinnitus specifically.
Depending on the outcome from the assessment and this initial consultation, there are a number of pathways that we may recommend:
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Learn more about our internationally-recognised Tinnitus Treatment Centre at the London Neuro-otology Clinic - a Centre of Excellence in Audiological Medicine.
Tel - 020 8059 9645
Neuro-Otology Centre, 32 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JL
5 Hoop Lane, London NW11 8JR
Millway Medical Practice, Hartley Ave, London NW7 2HX