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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2012, Action on Hearing Loss submitted written evidence to the Parliamentary Committee on Science and Technology.
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.
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.
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?
In July 2014, The Royal British Legion produced a report entitled ‘Lost Voices’ which looked at the hearing needs of the Armed Forces community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.