Hearing Therapists provide practical advice and support, as well as emotional support for people experiencing issues with hearing loss.
I provide a range of services, including:
Hearing Workplace Assessments
A Hearing Workplace Assessment usually takes place within an office or shop setting making sure that the hearing impaired person is not compromised by their placement in the office. It can also include Deaf Awareness Training for colleagues so that they know how to maximise communication opportunities. For further information please visit our Hearing Workplace Assessments page.
Hearing Aid Support
Often people have an unrealistic expectation of the benefits of hearing aids. Whilst hearing aids have become very sophisticated, it is not like getting normal hearing back or putting on a pair of glasses. Family members are often the ones with the highest expectations. This is sometimes the case where a lot of money has been spent on the hearing aids. I offer support with:
- Continued problems with speech discrimination particularly for those with a sensorineural hearing loss – LOUD DOESN’T MEAN CLEAR
- Psycho-social effects of hearing loss (particularly sudden loss) – family dynamics, unable to enjoy cinema/theatre/music concerts
- Bereavement/denial/anger/why me?
- Problems with dexterity/memory/dementia (this is particularly a problem in the nursing home setting – I also offer staff training to help with this)
- Background noise in noisy places (even digital hearing aids can’t totally solve this)
Support for Sudden Hearing Loss
This could be due to accidents (e.g. to Military and emergency services personnel and also sudden viral attack (in this instance, you must see a GP urgently for steroid treatment). The initial Assessment is crucial as each person’s experience is completely different.
History of Hearing Loss
I provide an explanation of each person’s audiogram. This includes discussion, information, counselling and confidence building. I also provide an Individual Rehabilitation Plan (sometimes involving communication partners).
1 to 1 Lip Reading
Aimed at improving listening skills, meeting others who find themselves in similar situations.
Assistive devices such as amplified telephones, doorbell, tv and personal listeners, specialist smoke alarms and kits that can help in hospital (e.g. badges etc). I also carry brochures for Action on Hearing Loss and Connevans.
This includes assessment, information, relaxation therapy and practical tools.
Obscure Auditory Dysfunction
Normal Audiogram, difficulty hearing particularly in noise: Auditory training, referral for dyslexia assessment as appropriate. Confidence building.
Providing background information and pre-assessment for a cochlear implant.
Support for Balance / Dizziness:
BPPV: Benign Paroxismal Positional Vertigo
I don’t offer the Epley manoevre but I do offer Cawthorne Cooksey exercises which can help either before or after Epley.
Balance issues with other diagnoses
I aim to give patients the confidence to deal with intermittent balance problems.
Ménière’s Disease affects the inner ear. Patients experience hearing loss, tinnitus, and vertigo. Patients can benefit from talking through their difficulties with the effects of these symptoms. Secondary psychological problems such as clinical anxiety and depression in patients suffering from Ménière’s Disease can be explored and onward referrals to GP/Psychology services will be made as appropriate.
Tailored Education and Treatment Plan
This can include relaxation techniques, Cawthorne Cooksey exercises, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, Counselling, and referrals to a GP/Psychology services as appropriate.
Direct appointments can be booked through Neal’s Yard Remedies by calling 01242 522136, or contact me via the online form. For medical professionals wishing to refer their patients, please visit our referrals page or call or text Nikki on 07716 140992