The Tinnitus Management Service provides a dedicated team who are
able to advise, support and counsel anyone experiencing difficulty
in managing their tinnitus effectively. We offer group and
one-to-one sessions giving advice on the awareness of tinnitus, how
to manage it, relaxation and breathing techniques, use of equipment
to help and where to obtain these, and on current research. We can
also provide advice on external agencies, local and national, who
may offer support throughout this rehabilitation
Individuals can be seen at University Hospital North Durham or
Darlington Memorial Hospital.
Initial one-to-one assessments can take approximately 1 hour to
complete, Group sessions up to 2 hours. During the appointment we
will discuss the generation and perception of tinnitus, management
strategies, use of sound therapies and the different ways to
implement these. We discuss the difference between hearing and
listening, the effects on sleep and ways to help manage sleep
issues, relaxation and breathing techniques. We will also look at
exacerbating factors which may be adding to the awareness of
tinnitus. There is time for your questions to be answered and an
information pack is provided for you to take home and work through.
Subsequent appointments may be required depending on your
circumstances and these will be arranged during this initial
assessment or from a returned questionnaire which will be posted to
you when you have had time to try the strategies
After any assessment, all relevant information will be passed to
the necessary professionals as required.
To access this service simply visit your GP and request a referral
through to Ear Nose and Throat. They will do their relevant checks
and will refer you onto this service or any of our other services
as they feel appropriate.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community