Tinnitus/Hearing therapy

Tinnitus

Torbay Audiology – Hearing Care has an Audiology Led Tinnitus Direct service which your GP can refer you to directly. You will be seen by a specialist tinnitus audiologist who will take a comprehensive medical history and perform audiological testing. The audiologist will give you an explanation for your tinnitus, followed by help managing and reducing it. Your results will be overseen by an Ear, Nose and Throat consultant and if required any further testing will be arranged. You will be offered the option of seeing another specialist tinnitus audiologist for further tinnitus counselling.

Tinnitus counselling

If you need further help managing your tinnitus you can see a specialist tinnitus audiologist for tinnitus counselling. At this appointment the specialist can help you further to understand the possible cause and mechanisms of your tinnitus and the factors which control it, enabling you to reduce the level of your tinnitus. We may offer you the opportunity to see a psychologist who will talk to you about your tinnitus and help you to learn to understand and cope with it.

Communication advice

Hearing aids are a great help with hearing loss and for many people provide enough additional help to enable them to manage their everyday activities, but hearing aids are not a cure for hearing impairment and improving your communication tactics can add the extra help to make everyday life easier. A specialist audiologist can help you learn ways to improve your communication tactics.

Hearing loss counselling

Some people find it hard to adjust to living with a hearing impairment and need a little help with this. You can see a specialist audiologist who can help you and your family through the process.

The audiologist will use their background in counselling to try and help you find ways of managing them. The audiologist may perform a comprehensive medical history which may involve questions about lifestyle and mental health. Audiological measurements maybe performed if felt necessary. The results will be discussed at your appointment followed by advice on further management

Cochlear implant support

If you have a cochlear implant you can come and see a specialist audiologist who will help you maximise the use of your implant. We work closely with the West of England Cochlear Implant team.

FAQs

Is there a lip reading class that I can join?

There are lip reading classes in the following areas:

Eleven sessions with tutor Ruth Bizley at WEA Exeter, Thursday afternoons. Fee is £81. A reduced fee of £60 for students with an acquired hearing loss.

WEA Exeter
Bradninch Court
Castle Street
Exeter
EX4 3PL

Tel: 0845 4582758
Fax: 01392 457344
Email: southwest@wea.org.uk

Lip reading classes are available through U3A at Asda Newton Abbot, seminar room on 3rd Friday morning of every month.
Membership costs £10 per year (for all activities).

Visit Teign U3A for more details.

Is there a tinnitus/hearing support group that I can join?

Kingsbridge and District Tinnitus and Hard of Hearing Group meets at the Rest Rooms, The Quay, Kingsbridge, once every two months. The group gives members the opportunity to discuss their various hearing problems. They have speakers on related subjects and have in attendance a hearing therapist and a representative of the RNID. They welcome new members at any time. Membership fee is £6 a year. A Conversor Multipack is provided to help with hearing during the meetings.

For further information and meeting dates please contact the joint chairs, Brenda Winter on 01548 580433 or Jean Brooking on 01548 580511.

The Torbay Tinnitus Support Group meet at Sensory Room, Jasmyn House, 1 Midvale Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 5BD, once every three months. The group is part of the British Tinnitus Association support groups network.

Meeting dates:

Saturday 25 March 201710am – 12.30pm
Saturday 24 June 201710am – 12.30pm
Saturday 30 September 201710am – 12.30pm
Saturday 9 December 201710am – 12.30pm

For further information and to confirm your attendance, contact Andy on 07952 934133 or email torbaytsg@gmail.com.

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