Acoustic CR® Neuromodulation and Tinnitus Desensitisation treatments are being carried out in all of The Tinnitus Clinics in the UK. Here are some of our patients who want to tell you their story.
“The tinnitus had a major effect on my mood and there were points when I thought this is my life; this is what it’s going to be like from now on. I didn’t share much about it with my family and kept much of it to myself to a large extent.”
Though the tinnitus was tolerable at the time – it was after a bout of stress following a family bereavement in early 2015 that an unsuspecting Sandra began to feel the condition slowly taking over her day-to-day life.
“When I get up in the morning the tinnitus is in the background and I am rarely aware of it during the day. Before, I was constantly aware of the tinnitus. At this point, today, I would say my tinnitus is 80% better than it was.”
“I feel The Tinnitus Clinic is on my side – they understand what you are going through. This all makes me feel that I am in control, and the tinnitus is not in control of me. I owe a great deal to Kathryn and the rest of the team at The Tinnitus Clinic.”
“After a terrible ear infection during a particularly stressful period of work, I woke up one morning with tinnitus in both ears. It was high-pitched, hissing and very distressing. Even when my ear infection was treated and cleared, the tinnitus remained.”
“I went to see my GP and explained that I couldn’t live with it, that I wanted to end it. He said he’d have to section me, which I didn’t want, but I knew I couldn’t live with the ringing. Then, my wife and my son found The Tinnitus Clinic on the internet.”
Richard Baines is a 44-year old IT professional from Ossett, near Wakefield in West Yorkshire and received Tinnitus Desensitisation Therapy™ for high-frequency atonal tinnitus in both ears and an abnormal sensitivity to environmental noises.
Twenty-five year old Nathan Bushay – a green grocer and market trader from High Wycombe - experienced debilitating tinnitus following a whiplash injury. Within days of starting the pioneering new treatment – called Acoustic CR® Neuromodulation – he noticed his tinnitus was less intrusive.
"There is a lot of quackery surrounding a condition such as tinnitus, but this treatment is scientifically validated and it was this that attracted me to it. The tinnitus is still there - but it’s less shrill, and I hope one day it will fade until it no longer bothers me."
Keith, a retired farmer from Kent, first noticed his tinnitus about three years ago. “It sounded like a very loud ringing in my left ear. Quite frankly, it destroyed my every day and night. There was no respite at all and it was so intrusive. I felt like I couldn’t look forward to anything at all."
Retired florist from Middlesex, Astrid Pryce first experienced tinnitus about four and a half years ago. “It didn’t start over night; it was a gradual thing. Six months previous to this, I’d looked down as I was getting out of the car and both of my ears went pop, like when a plane comes into land. It seemed quite strange. I held my nose and blew out, to try and clear my ears; both ears cleared but my right ear quickly blocked again and felt pressured. I kept trying but I couldn’t clear it.”
"It started many years ago – probably about 30. It developed gradually but became more noticeable after a particularly stressful period in my life. I saw a Specialist about how to reduce the high-pitched noise and was told that I would have to learn to live with it. So that’s what I did. I just got on with it.”
"I experienced the most dynamic change within the first two weeks, followed by an ongoing progressive improvement in symptoms. I went from not being sure if I would sleep at night, to dropping off straight away. From being unsure if I'd have a good day, to having a succession of them.
It's hard to describe how much the condition changed, but it's gone from feeling like my head would split open, to being a very mild annoyance, like a scratch on your foot – and the relief has been sustained. It really seems to work and, at long last, I'm enjoying my life again!"
"I'm amazed to find that the treatment is working. Once the clinic had assessed my tinnitus, I was given the small clip-on device and earphones. I didn't need any further guidance; treatment was very easy and, as it was non-invasive, I had no concerns.
I first noticed a change after about ten days. Since then, there's been a noticeable change every couple of days as my tinnitus starts to disappear. My advice would be to give it a go! It seems to be working for me, so I'd strongly recommend it."
Leo McAuliffe, an 80-year old retired gentleman from Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, suffered from tinnitus for over ten years, until a new treatment – TDT - changed his life dramatically. Leo didn’t have any history of audiological issues but was exposed to a great deal of noise whilst motorcycle racing.
Pioneering new tinnitus treatment, Acoustic CR® Neuromodulation, has transformed daily life for Cleveland-born Anne Wilson. Now, just six months into treatment, Anne is enjoying tinnitus-free days and peaceful nights.
“Sometimes if I am tired or a bit stressed with work or something then the ringing’s really loud… then I will just get the device and put it in my ear and give myself a bit of break. I can turn it up loud or quiet depending on how I feel and that makes me feel more in control.”
"It was the first time in seventeen years that I have been able to relax fully knowing I can just plug these things in. The tinnitus doesn’t disappear completely, but it’s greatly reduced and I can count on it working almost always. I did notice that when I wasn’t wearing the devices my tinnitus had also abated quite a lot."
View a selection of videos about tinnitus, its treatment at The Tinnitus Clinic and a number of patient testimonials on film and BBC Radio.
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