Hearing Therapist visit - I have a new set of ears, with a Tinnitus masker too!

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Hearing Therapist visit - I have a new set of ears, with a Tinnitus masker too!

DippyPippie
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Joined: Jun 7 2017, 07:28 AM

Dec 2 2017, 09:17 AM #1

Hi All. 

I visited the Hearing Therapist on Wednesday, via Audiology Dept, and the lady who dealt with me was the same wonderful guest speaker at our local Tinnitus group last month. Nadia was patient, kind, reassuring and the first person to actually listen and give me time in amongst all this mess since February. Felt a huge breakthrough. 

I now have "new ears" and the R one has a Tinnitus masker also, which I control via my phone. It's incredible how bad my hearing had got, since February, getting used to the external ambient noises, although hearing a woman muttering about her shopping in Aldi to herself yesterday was bizarre, and I could hear a lady clicking her tongue at the back of her throat was weird, but I feel with time my senses will adjust. I feel like I'm shouting at everyone currently, apparently I'm not!

Seeing Nadia every eight weeks now. 
Next ENT appointment is at Chatham to see the professor, Nadia says he is absolutely amazing, so I have every confidence there. 

I've also started my self referral CBT sessions, via the mental health charity locally, and Fran is so lovely. Should help immensely. She will arrange Counselling sessions after that. 
I feel less weepy, so guessing the Anti Depressants maybe kicking in,  and I felt more able to cope, and  more confident when out aIone yesterday, I  can hear so much, so a positive end to the week.  Feel I'm finally turning a corner ten months on! I'm learning to delegate and ask for help when I can't do something or cope. Learning it's ok to say no. :0) x 
Try and have a positive weekend everyone. Pip xx 
I'm Pip, Queen of Waffle, who talks too much!
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Barbara
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Dec 2 2017, 03:47 PM #2

That all sounds very positive and so. so good for others to read of your success. We do have to fight to get the right help but so worth it !!

Barbara xx
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DippyPippie
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Dec 2 2017, 06:31 PM #3

Thanks Barbara, been fighting my corner for what seems forever, but baby steps, day at a time. Xx 
I'm Pip, Queen of Waffle, who talks too much!
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Dippie Pippie
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Dec 12 2017, 09:49 AM #4

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Thanks Barbara, been fighting my corner for what seems forever, but baby steps, day at a time. Xx 
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Getting used to my new ears, soooo loud and a bit overwhelming when in crowds, but giving me confidence to get out and attempt some Christmas shopping. I hate taking my hearing aids off now, as it makes me realise how bad my hearing has got since February. X

Having my CBT training via self referral Think Action mental health charity so some coping mechanisms in place, and talking through everything has helped lots, also delegating and handed over the Boxing day for 25 to another family member and cutting back on stresses to be kinder to myself and saying no to things is ok and actually quite cathartic... Also think my anti depressants may have kicked in as always get so incredibly teary at Christmas as miss my Mum so much, especially at Christmas, but managed to get some decs up at weekend without sobbing.... A real first for me in 12 years.... Have a good day everyone. Pip xx
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Dec 12 2017, 05:17 PM #5

Hi Pip,
Pleased to hear that the 'new ears' are helping. It does take time to get used to all the sounds you haven't heard for a while.
The CBT sounds to be helping too.
Keep up the good work  (and Christmas shopping)
Barbara x
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