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Tinnitus: The agony and the hope
Posted by George on June 21, 2020, 10:59 pm
On February 2nd 2017 I was fitted with free NHS hearing aids at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. A device was fitted behind each ear with the object of improving the loss of significant treble pitch in both ears. I had previously bought hearing aids through private audiologists without meaningful success and as a last resort chose to take the NHS system. The effect was immediate and I was amazed at the general improvement of my hearing. The two devices had been set to mainly correct pitch but there was an all round improvement. I travelled home by bus and later was enjoying my early evening meal when I noticed something which changed my life. Tinnitus which had plagued me for twenty years was no longer pounding my ears. (I had frequently been advised there was no cure for this phenomenon and had bought a variety of disguising sounds to be played into my ears. These proved to be as bad as the initial complaint) Upon removing my new hearing aids, the tinnitus returned within 5 minutes. Replacing the aids resulted in the tinnitus dissipating within a similar period. The hearing aids are “blue tooth” and I can control both pitch and volume from my smart phone via an app given to me at the Freeman.
Norman Dunn in an earlier post had hit the nail on the head when he suggested some sort of cancellation in the frequency of the tinnitus. This is exactly what is happening.
I wrote to the Freeman Hospital and expressed my gratitude in bringing the dreadful tinnitus to an end. They replied saying what I had experienced was not unique to me but not everyone has the same success. They do not offer the aids as a cure for tinnitus but know it can and does happen. They asked me to write to the British Tinnitus Society which I did and learned I am one of many who enjoy this added bonus. I hope this note is of some value to those who, like me, thought the agony is without end. Perhaps it's not. At this very moment I am enjoying absolute bliss – the sound of silence.
How and why did tinnitus afflict me. Heavy, noisy engineering without ear defenders in the 1950s for which I received compensation.
Hearing aid System: Siemens
Important – VERY important. Bluetooth is a must. I have tried with Bluetooth switched off. Tinnitus returns.
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