Relieve your tinnitus
What can you do if you think you have tinnitus?
Visit your GP
If your tinnitus is persistent and troublesome you should initially speak with your GP. Your doctor should do a physical check to ensure there is not something visible that is causing your tinnitus. Your GP may refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist and/or recommend a hearing evaluation.
Can hearing aids help?
A hearing evaluation is a good first step
For many people tinnitus can be related to a reduction in their hearing range. In these situations, hearing aids can help. If you have tinnitus we would recommend having a hearing evaluation to rule out hearing loss.
Rediscover sounds you had forgot
When you start wearing hearing aids the brain needs to become accustomed to all the sounds that it may have forgotten or is having trouble identifying. The amplification the hearing aids provide can reduce the contrast between your tinnitus and the surrounding sounds and help to make it less noticeable.
Tinnitus masking technology
All the leading hearing device manufacturers have models integrated with tinnitus sound therapy. Soothing sounds or background noise delivered to your ears helps to distract your thoughts away from your tinnitus and helps to blend it into the background.
Not just a hearing aid
Don’t be put off by the thought of wearing hearing aids. These devices are mostly used for those who need improvement to their hearing but they are used to help relieve tinnitus.
A wide range of choice and style
Tinnitus hearing solutions are available in a wide range of styles many of which are small, discreet and comfortable to wear.
Key to Hearing can help you manage your tinnitus
Keeley Salmon is an experienced hearing care professional who herself has mild tinnitus. Keeley had received specialist advisor training from the British Tinnitus Association and chairs the local Bournemouth Tinnitus Support group.
As tinnitus can be associated with changes in your hearing, we can provide you with a comprehensive hearing and tinnitus evaluation. At your consultation, we will discuss your needs, concerns and give you appropriate advice and a plan to help relieve your tinnitus.
But most importantly of all we are here to listen.
"A very friendly and easy person to talk to about your problems..."
“Keeley Salmon has been more than helpful in helping me sort out my hearing problems. She is a very friendly and easy person to talk to about your problems. I would highly recommend Key to Hearing.”
Mr Haycock - Wimborne
Websites with useful information
The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) are a world leader in providing advice and support on tinnitus. They have a wealth of information on their website and a confidential helpline where you can speak to trained advisors. Please see their new "Take on Tinnitus" website which is particularly useful if you have just started to experience tinnitus. There is also useful information on the Action on Hearing Loss and American Tinnitus Association websites.
Tinnitus relief products
Sound therapy products can be useful especially at night when it is quiet and you may find your tinnitus more noticeable. Products are available from the BTA, Action on Hearing Loss, Puretone and Connevans.
Some of the world’s leading hearing technology manufacturers have released smartphone apps for Apple and Android operating systems. Using headphones these apps are designed to provide soothing sounds which can help reduce your tinnitus throughout the day. Apps include Tinnitus Sound from Oticon, Relief from ReSound, Tinnitus Balance from Phonak and Relax from Starkey and can be found in the Apple App and Google Play Stores.
Your local support groups are here to help
Bournemouth and District Tinnitus Group
New Forest Tinnitus Group
The Bournemouth Tinnitus support group meets once a month at the East Cliff United Reform Church Hall, Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth. Keeley is the chairperson of the group where new members are always welcome and if you’d like to share your tinnitus experiences there will always be someone to listen.
Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of every month and normally involve a guest speaker.
The New Forest Tinnitus Group was setup in 2008 to help and support those suffering from tinnitus. Led by Penny Stannard, who is a qualified hearing therapist, the group has a vast experience on tinnitus related issues and coping strategies.
Meetings are held at the Lyndhurst Community Centre on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Please check their website for further details.