What is Hearing Therapy?
Hearing therapy came into being in 1978 in response to the 1974 ACSHIP Committee Report, which expressed ‘deep concern at the extent to which rehabilitation services for the hearing impaired are lacking in the NHS’. Since then the field of rehabilitation in Audiology has become more recognised and developed, with a related body of knowledge and appropriate skills being defined and refined both academically and in the clinical environment.
What does a Hearing Therapist do?
A Hearing Therapist is someone who trains people with all degrees of hearing loss to improve their communication skills.
Has an understanding of Tinnitus, Hyperacusis and Hearing Impairment
Has an holistic, person centred approach i.e. does not rely solely on hearing tests or aids to help improve their clients communication skills.
In their counselling role, a Hearing Therapist works with individuals (and their relatives and carers) who are affected by an acquired hearing loss through age, Menieres disease, trauma or surgery. This counselling helps people to come to terms with their hearing loss and to develop new strategies and ways of dealing with situations. It also helps them develop ways of helping themselves and maximising their communication abilities.
Hearing therapy service for those who have a progressive or sudden loss of hearing
The Hearing Therapist compiles a specialised rehabilitation management programme to meet an individual’s communication needs. They liaise with the Audiologists and Social Service for provision of equipment as required, or with the disability employment advisor for work purposes.
Communication training is used for individuals, families and friends to encourage changes in communication strategies and to acquire better skills in using residual hearing. This can include instruction in lip-reading, auditory training and hearing tactics.
Do I need to see an ENT Specialist?
If your Tinnitus has recently started, or has changed significantly from its normal levels medical advice should always be sought as soon as possible. You can also receive advice and support to manage your symptoms and gain relief immediately through Hearing Therapy Ltd without affecting your medical referral in any way.
I’ve heard of Habituation, what is it?
This is the process through which we are able to change our initial response to a stimulus over time. For example the first time you put a new ring on your finger it can feel very large and you are always conscious of its presence. Over time, although the nerves below the ring are still being stimulated your brain begins to take less and less notice of the signals generated until you can completely forget you’re wearing it.
Although habituation to the Tinnitus signal can and does occur naturally the negative reaction, thought and beliefs can act to slow down this process. The main goal of any Tinnitus management program is to facilitate and speed up this habituation process.
Hearing Therapists demonstrate and offer information about all types of assistive-listening devices, which are available to help with hearing in the home or work etc. These include devices to help ‘hear’ the TV, doorbell and telephone. Some devices can be provided by social services, although this can be subject to certain criteria.
What is Hyperacusis?
Hyperacusis is an over-response of your Auditory system to what other people may consider to be a normal level of noise
Is there a link with Tinnitus?
Although they can both occur independently roughly 10% of people with Tinnitus also report some over-sensitivity to noises that don’t disturb those around them
What is Sleep Hygiene?
Some people who experience Tinnitus also report difficulty in getting to sleep and maintaining sleep. Sleep Hygiene is a method for restoring a natural rhythm of sleep and improving the quality of sleep, often without recourse to sleeping tablets prescribed by your doctor
Is my Tinnitus Treatment covered by my Private Medical Insurance or Medico-Legal claim?
Treatment for Tinnitus can often be funded by your PMI providers or through your Solicitor as part of a claim.
Tinnitus Treatment Guide
Click below to read our free Tinnitus treatment guide and also download a printable PDF. The information in this pack is intended to give you a reasonable background on the condition both to begin your rehabilitation and to help you ask informed questions regarding your treatment.Tinnitus Treatment Guide
BBC Science Tinnitus Interview with Tim Husband
Since the 1970s, many people in cities across the globe have started hearing a strange hum. Watch the video above to join Linda Geddes in her hunt for an explanation.
Click below to watch the video that explaing more about this mystery noise that’s driving the world mad.Watch Video