What is tinnitus? Tinnitus is the term used to describe any sound that a person can hear that is not present in their external environment. People with tinnitus can have different types of sound in one of their ears, both ears or in their head. Some of these sounds may be described as ringing, buzzing, whistling or humming.
About the service: The tinnitus service is a team of audiologists who specialise in delivering tinnitus management and advice, working very closely with ear, nose and throat consultants.
The service helps those patients struggling to cope with hearing internal noises in their ears which can cause incredible levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. Rehabilitation audiologists provide equipment, information and support. They work with patients to deliver personalised tinnitus management programmes.
Treatment employs the use of structured counselling, relaxation techniques, stress management, advice on equipment to use to mask the tinnitus, phone based app therapies and management tools, and fitting of hearing aid masking devices where indicated.
Given the high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression that can arise from tinnitus, the team identify mental health issues and signpost patients to GPs or community services accordingly.
In extreme cases they would take a patient to the emergency department for more immediate help if necessary.
Referrals are accepted from ENT and advanced audiology practitioner clinics.
Support group: The tinnitus team co-ordinate and support the local Tinnitus Support Group in Bolton which runs on the first Wednesday of every other month.
The group gives people access to support and advice regarding their tinnitus that they may not have been able to obtain from their GP, and give them guidance on how to access tinnitus services. There is a specialist speaker at these meetings and there is no charge to attend. All are welcome.
Please ring Audiology 01204 390435 for future times and locations.
The Bolton Tinnitus Support Group has been awarded the Gold Standard from the British Tinnitus Association (BTA).
Team contact: 01204 390435