The Tinnitus Clinic at Spire Shawfair Hospital in Edinburgh is an audiological practice which specialises in the management and treatment of tinnitus. Depending on your medical history and the type of tinnitus you have, your audiologist will recommend an appropriate treatment option that best suits your tinnitus symptoms, budget and lifestyle.
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Acoustic CR® Neuromodulation
The Tinnitus Clinic is the sole UK provider of Acoustic CR® Neuromodulation which targets your specific tinnitus sound using a Neurostimulator device and a set of medical headphones.
Extensively tested in Europe, Acoustic CR® Neuromodulation has been shown in a clinical trial and patient studies to significantly reduce the symptoms of tinnitus in 7 out of 10 cases. During the treatment process, your device is programmed with a set of tones that have been calculated specifically to treat your tinnitus. It aims to provide sustainable, long-term relief from your tinnitus.
Environmental Sound Enrichment
Environmental sound enrichment increases the amount of background noise around you to reduce the impact of your tinnitus. To achieve this, our audiologists may recommend the use of an ambient sound generator. The purpose of the device is to make your tinnitus less noticeable in quiet environments and to provide stimulation to the auditory system in order to reduce the invasiveness of your tinnitus.
Tinnitus Desensitisation Therapy (TDT)
TDT is a mixture of tinnitus specific counselling together with sound therapy and relaxation techniques. Customised hearing devices are programmed with a specific acoustic prescription that closely matches the pitch of your tinnitus. TDT is aimed at redirecting your brain’s attention away from the tinnitus signal and thereby enabling the natural habituation process to occur.
You may have noticed that your tinnitus is worse if you are anxious or tired. The Tinnitus Clinic audiologists will teach you relaxation techniques to help reduce the loudness of your tinnitus, and its effects on your stress levels and everyday life. For example our audiologists will train you in breathing and muscle relaxation techniques and give you the skills to introduce this into your daily routine.
As tinnitus becomes more noticeable in a quiet environment, it may affect your sleep patterns: either preventing you from falling asleep or waking you up. Sleep counselling reduces your anxiety about your tinnitus, reduces negative thoughts and lowers stress levels when you are trying to sleep. The counselling process aims to change your attitude to tinnitus, and so improve the quality of your sleep.