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Tinnitus

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus can be described as the perception of sound such as ringing, buzzing, whooshing or whistling, either in one or both ears, or in the head, without an outside sound being present.
It is common among hearing impaired people. Tinnitus can also be associated with other hearing problems including hyperacusis; which is an over-sensitivity to certain frequencies of sound or difficulty tolerating everyday noises, which will sound very loud. It may also indicate the existence of other medical conditions which require medical, clinical or surgical management.
A patient undergoing hearing tests

It is very important to diagnose these problems at an early stage to ensure that underlying conditions are identified and assessed quickly so patients can receive prompt and appropriate treatment. The Audiology Department offer a one-stop-shop where we carry out in-depth tests to diagnose any conditions and design a care plan tailored to individual needs.

The treatments offered include all or a combination of the following:

  • Sound Therapy [Sound enrichment devices]
  • Counselling
  • Tinnitus Retraining Therapy [TRT]
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT]
  • Hearing Aids
  • Sound Generators [White noise generators]
  • Relaxation
  • Tinnitus Group (a free five week course which explains and helps people manage their Tinnitus)

A Patient and an Audiologist discuss Tinnitus therapies

These are all provided within the Audiology Service and are delivered by a senior Audiologist and/or a Hearing Therapist.

Our aim is to provide patients with high quality, efficient services, as close to home as possible, tailored to needs of individuals with low waiting times and free at the point of access.

How long will I have to wait?
We are usually able to offer appointments within six weeks.

How do I make an appointment?
Your GP will need to refer you directly to the Audiology Tinnitus Clinic in the first instance via the Choose and Book system.

Once you have had your first appointment at the clinic you can access the Department directly as required.

Clinic details
There are two clinics per week. There are two audiology departments; one situated on the first floor at the Thomas Linacre Centre and the other at Leigh Infirmary, next to the Walk in Centre.

Audiology Contact Details
Telephone: 01942 774667
E- mail:  Audiology@wwl.nhs.uk