Do you have Tinnitus? Perhaps we can help!
We are a friendly support group where you can learn more about dealing with tinnitus.
We meet on the second Thursday of every month, except during August. We have a varied, interesting program with speakers who are experienced in managing tinnitus. At meetings, when we break for tea, there is an opportunity to talk to others, who are very happy to discuss what has helped them. Currently there is a charge of £3.50 per meeting which includes refreshments and ticket for the prize draw and donations for the draw will be gratefully received. Free car parking for visitors to the centre is available on the gravelled area through the gate just past the community centre building.
There are several things you can do to help yourself, despite what you may have been told in the past. The most important first step is to have your hearing level checked. Your GP will organise this for you. If you have a hearing loss, no matter how slight, there is equipment which can help. If you come to a meeting we can supply a referral form for you to take to your GP to obtain an appointment with a Hearing Therapist/Audiologist at Royal South Hants Hospital, Southampton. If you visit our website you will see our Flowchart which follows the path your visit to the Hearing Therapist will take.
We have our own loan scheme and the tinnitus therapy equipment, books, tapes, etc. we have collected over the past nine years are all available to borrow for a modest fee. Members will discuss which items have helped them the most, and opinions vary as to the benefits of individual items. Every one of us is different and it's for this reason that if you look at what we have, you will see we have accumulated a wide range of items. We are always open to trying new things and we keep up to date with the latest research and developments worldwide.
It is well known that using medically prescribed devices following audiological assessment, is really beneficial. These could be hearing aids, combination units or tinnitus retrainers, and is essential rather than a choice. Apart from using the correct equipment on a regular basis, it has been proven that learning relaxation techniques is important too, in achieving a good outcome.
We have had many speakers over the years who have demonstrated a number of techniques and therapies, usually relating to relaxation in one form or another. These have included several sessions on Tai Chi and Bowen Technique, plus Reflexology, Acupuncture, Auricular Candling, Homeopathy, Vitametik and Hypnotherapy amongst others. Our members also take an active part at group meetings and contribute with new ideas constantly.
Why not give our group a try and come along to one of our meetings? You will receive a warm welcome. Please note that we do not have the resources to deal with telephone enquiries.