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Josephine Swinhoe’s insights and observations on the latest tinnitus news and research.


COVID-19 associated anxiety enhances tinnitus

  April 29th, 2021

There has been an awareness in the audiology world since March 2020, that some patients who have reported having COVID 19 also report an increase in tinnitus symptoms...


Sound of Metal

  April 26th, 2021

A film which, for me, provided a new perspective into how sudden onset deafness can affect every aspect of a person’s life...


Our clinics are open again and what Covid19 means for people with hearing loss and tinnitus

  Aug 19th, 2020

Our clinics are open again and listen to Mark Williams, our Chief Audiologist discussing what Covid19 means for people with hearing loss and tinnitus...

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Hearing Protection at Work for Employers and Employees

  June 30th, 2020

Chris Salmon of Quittance Legal Services writes one of our occasional guest posts about the 21,000 or so workers experiencing work-related hearing issues...


What we learnt from Tinnitus Awareness Week 2020

  February 24th, 2020

The British Tinnitus Association’s Tinnitus Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of the condition. The 2020 theme of research was a great way for us to...


New year - New Hearing

  January 30th, 2020

The new year is a time for fresh starts, resolutions and looking ahead to the future.This new year was particularly special as it...


Celebrities reveal tinnitus experience

  December 13th, 2019

Tinnitus doesn’t care who you are, what you do or where you are from - it can affect people from all walks of life...


Smarter hearing solutions

  Decmber 6th, 2019

At The Tinnitus Clinic, we pride ourselves on leading with the most pioneering and advanced treatments for tinnitus, hearing loss and hyperacusis in the UK...


Listen up! Is it time for a hearing test?

  November 5th, 2019

There are currently around 11 million people in the UK living with hearing loss. By 2035, it’s estimated this will have risen to around...


Trust us with your tinnitus

  August 15th, 2019

Our ears are incredibly precious. Good hearing is something many of us take for granted. However, for others, deafness or tinnitus can significantly affect everyday lives...


Tinnitus cure pill hits the headlines

  July 11th, 2019

‘New breakthrough pill could cure tinnitus’ ‘Drug to reduce brain inflammation cured tinnitus in mice - paving the way towards a pill for humans’


Noisy cinemas – is the message getting through loud and clear?

  June 10th, 2019

Over the past couple of years, I’ve spoken about how Hollywood is starting to show more hearing-impaired and deaf characters in films.


Cure or endure?

  May 21st, 2019

So, let’s get the bad news out of the way first. There is no cure for tinnitus. It might not be the most positive of starts to my blog, but it’s the honest response we give to patients who come to visit us hoping for a permanent solution.


Guest post by Dr Gabriel Hendow, award-winning GP & The Tinnitus Clinic associate

  December 19th, 2018

As a single handed GP in Bransholme, Hull, 2017/18 has proved to be quite an amazing year...


Waxing lyrical about an important ear health subject

  November 15th, 2018

I’ll put my hands up here and acknowledge straight away - the subject of my latest blog may not be the most appealing! That’s because I am writing about … ear wax removal.


Movies are moving with the times

  September 3rd, 2018

2018 has been a great year for films hitting the big screen, with deaf actors, or characters with hearing issues, in the lead roles.


Spring is here – but can you hear the cuckoo call?

  April 18th, 2018

Spring is here, which means birdwatchers – including me – will be listening out for our first cuckoo call.


Facing ‘revolving door healthcare’? Don’t give up.

  March 26th, 2018

With pressures in general practice continuing to build, The Royal College of GPs recently warned that GPs “could reach breaking point” and that over a third feel they may no longer be working in the profession in five years’ time.


Otology Health Education in Uganda

  February 22nd, 2018

Matthew Clark, Consultant Otologist at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital & Cheltenham Tinnitus Clinic and Education & Training lead for ENT UKs Global Health Committee recently visited Uganda as part of his ongoing work in global health education related to otology.


New year – new exciting research

  January 17th, 2018

At The Tinnitus Clinic we’ve started 2018 more energised than usual thanks to the publication of some exciting new research.


Tinnitus sufferers advised to seek support to stay in Christmas spirit

  December 22nd, 2017

It’s ‘the most wonderful time of year’…

…A time of gift giving, eating lots, and celebrating with family and friends.

But underneath the festive cheer can be a lot of underlying stress for many people.


Supporting our Forces

  November 27th, 2017

It’s important we take time to reflect, and remember those who have died in the line of duty as well as those who continue to serve. This is something we feel very strongly about at the Tinnitus Clinic where we treat many Service members who, due to the nature of the profession, have suffered some form of hearing problem.


Green light for the Blue Light

  October 18th, 2017

Living in central London the sound of police and ambulance sirens are a daily occurrence. When they push through the traffic I imagine what life and death situation they are going to deal with, whether the vehicles occupants know what awaits them or whether they are nervous of what they will find.


The influence of deafness in films

  June 26th, 2017

I was intrigued when I read about the plot of a film coming out in late June, Baby Driver, which features a getaway driver who has a ‘hum in the drum’ as a result of a childhood accident. Is it tinnitus?


Music to my ears. Safeguarding your hearing and ear health

  May 8th, 2017

When I was a teenager, mobile music was only achieved by walking around with a transistor radio held at my head. Then I was introduced to an Aiwa cassete recorder with headphones.


Tinnitus Clinic brings its expertise to people with hearing loss

  April 3rd, 2017

Over the years that The Tinnitus Clinic has been in operation, our expertise in tinnitus and hyperacusis has brought relief to hundreds of patients across the country.


Surgical ear camp in Nepal

  March 8th, 2017

Matthew Clark, consultant at The Tinnitus Clinic Cheltenham talks about his experences volunteering with The Britain Nepal Otology Service (BRINOS), providing expert treatment to Nepalese people suffering from ear disease and helping to train doctors making a career in ENT surgery.


Josephine Swinhoe, Tinnitus Clinic Managing Director, talks to ENT Specialist Dr Gabriel Hendow

  February 3rd, 2017

I’m continuing my look at people who are involved in tinnitus with this special blog about Dr Gabriel Hendow, a GP with a special interest (GPSI) in Ear, Nose and Throat. Dr Hendow has been very supportive of our work to make people aware of tinnitus.


Can cats experience tinnitus?

  January 17, 2017

The hearing system is fascinating – taking something which cannot be seen – sound – and turning that into an electrical impulse within our heads, which we learn to recognise as a car, a whistle or a child crying for example.


Trevor Andrews of Sivantos Hearing UK talks about tinnitus

  December 30, 2016

During the years, I’ve been building up The Tinnitus Clinic, I have come across some very passionate people working in audiology and hearing loss.


Building the Tinnitus Clinic

  October 31, 2016

The Tinnitus Clinic started business in 2011. Since then we’ve grown, helping thousands of patients to a better quality of life. We don’t do this only through sourcing and using the very best technologies available but also through the skills, expertise and commitment of others.


Easing your tinnitus during flight

  September 5, 2016

For many people living with tinnitus, certain tasks such as simply boarding a flight can be extremely daunting as they are aware of the pressure changes that can exacerbate their condition.


The silver bullet?

  April 25, 2016

We are often asked if we can supply a pill to cure tinnitus. It's the answer many patents would prefer. If we have a headache we take an aspirin. Back pain, take an anti-inflammatory. Tinnitus … No pill.


Silent bird song?

  March 15, 2016

Bird watching is something I came to recently as a hobby. I have been an avid hill walker and was aware of birds as I roamed the beautiful peaks of Sheffield and Scotland. I could at a push, probably have recognised and named twenty.


Take action!

  January 28, 2016

Action on Hearing Loss wrote a report in 2015 called ‘Hearing Matters’. I am sharing the key recommendations of this report on my blog because I believe it is very important that we all promote the needs of the hard of hearing and people with tinnitus.


Research in tinnitus

  December 22, 2015

In 2012, Action on Hearing Loss submitted written evidence to the Parliamentary Committee on Science and Technology.


Clinically effective treatments – the now, not tomorrow!

  November 13, 2015

Tinnitus is a combination of symptoms; the most common being the hissing, buzzing or whistling sounds which patients report hearing. With no external noise creating these sounds, so no means of ‘switching the noise off’, patients’ understandably get increasingly stressed and anxious about what is happening to them.


The dangers of cycling

  October 23, 2015

Over 2 million people in Britain are now cycling at least once a week, with over half a million of those being women.

It’s a great way to keep fit, keep commuting costs down and have fun. I am more aware of the weather when cycling and it is really true that a morning cycle doesn’t mean getting wet every day.


Action Plan on Hearing Loss 2015

  October 09, 2015

After every election there are many promises made which we are assured will definitely lead to improvements on any number of issues. I don’t envy our politicians and civil servants in trying to decide what the spending priorities are. Housing? Education? Roads? Hearing?


Hearing needs of the Armed Forces

  September 24, 2015

In July 2014, The Royal British Legion produced a report entitled ‘Lost Voices’ which looked at the hearing needs of the Armed Forces community.


Have you been told to "learn to live with tinnitus"?

  August 28, 2015

I have a great admiration for those who work in primary care. Nurses, doctors, receptionists who deal every day with people who are frightened, worried and are looking for answers for a myriad of health issues.


The dangers of headphones

  August 14, 2015

About 35 years ago, I can remember buying my first personal music system - an AIWA personal cassette player – state of the art then, but I suspect only found in museums now.


Tinnitus, the hidden disability

  July 06, 2015

Having recently injured my shoulder enough to warrant a trip to A&E and a sling for two weeks, it was with some trepidation, when complete with sling, I stepped on to the tube to get to work.


Attitudes to hearing aids

  June 26, 2015

I recently misplaced a contact lens and had to wear my glasses for several days while waiting for the replacement lens arrived. While I was very self conscious of my glasses, it was interesting that very few people commented on them. Glasses are so commonplace that nobody thought to mention it, and what mattered most was my attitude to the glasses.


Protect your hearing at summer music festivals

  May 08, 2015

Across the UK, thousands of people are currently preparing for a summer of music festivals. These events can be lots of fun but the extremely loud music can also put you at risk of tinnitus and hearing loss.


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