Tinnitus Clinic Sheffield

Tinnitus Treatment in Sheffield

Should you require treatment for your tinnitus, Peter Byrom provides a range of tinnitus treatment from his Sheffield based Tinnitus Clinic, helping those who require it across Sheffield and South Yorkshire. Peter holds a tinnitus clinic at Thornbury Hospital, and for those who find difficulty travelling, will provide a home visit in South Yorkshire. Peter will conduct a thorough audiological assessment for you and also find out just how much of a problem the tinnitus is. Peter will go through all the results explaining what they mean and make recommendations applicable to your needs. Peter has had training in cognitive behavioural therapy and relaxation techniques as well as being a registered hearing aid dispenser. It is rare that he is unable to provide any relief.

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of noise or a ringing in the ears and it is a common problem, tinnitus can affect around 15 to 20 percent of people. Tinnitus itself is not actually the condition itself it is a symptom of an underlying condition, this includes age-related hearing loss, ear injuries or a circulatory system disorder. While it does affect people, tinnitus isn’t seen as a sign of something serious, although it can worsen with age and for many people, tinnitus can improve with the correct treatment. Treating the identified underlying cause will sometimes help, it’s also recommended to consider treatments that reduce or mask the noise, making tinnitus less noticeable.

Our Sheffield Tinnitus Clinic

If you are being driven to distraction by head noise such as tinnitus, it is likely that Peter Byrom, an Audiologist specialising in tinnitus, will be able to help you.

His CV includes:

  • MSc in Advanced Practice from Leeds University where his research project involved a study of Tinnitus patients, with his results presented in a paper to the International Tinnitus Seminar in Berlin in 2014.
  • Previous membership of the British Tinnitus Association Professional Advisory Committee for five years.
  • Previous clinical lead position in the Ear Care and Audiology Department at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust for seven years with tinnitus as a specialist field.
  • Membership of the British Society of Audiology Specialist Interest Group for Tinnitus and Hyperacusis.
  • Vast experience with easily over a thousand tinnitus cases assessed and treated.

What Causes Tinnitus?

While we can define the exact answer to the main cause of tinnitus, we do know that it is not a disease or an illness. It tends to be agreed that tinnitus will result from some type of change, either mental or physical, and isn’t necessarily related to hearing. When we hear, the sound travels into the ear and then our hearing nerves take the signals to the brain. The brain will then be responsible for putting it all together and making sense of the sound, because the ears don’t know exactly what is important and what’s not important, they will send a lot of information to the brain. Sometimes this can be too much information for us to process, so the brain will filter out a lot of unnecessary ‘activity’ and background sound, this includes things like clocks ticking or traffic noise. Should there be a change in the system, like hearing loss or ear infection, the amount of information being sent to the brain will change, the brain will then respond to this change in levels and try to get more information from the ear, and the extra information you may get is the sound we call tinnitus. Tinnitus is therefore actually in the brain and concerned with brain activity and not actually in the ear itself. It is generally accepted that it isn’t only a change in the ear that can result in tinnitus, but it can also be due to a change in stress levels, whether its a period of significant stress, a change in life circumstances or general wellbeing. People tend to say that they are aware of noises in the ears when they have a cold, an ear infection or wax blocking the ear. In some cases people become aware of tinnitus following a really stressful event and once they have become aware of it, they may notice it more and more, but this will usually fade once all of these things have passed. Some people continue to notice the tinnitus and also after an infection has cleared up, luckily, tinnitus is rarely an indication of a serious disorder and a specialist will be able to check this for you. If you think that you are experiencing tinnitus, contact Peter Byrom and book an appointment at his tinnitus clinic today.

The Symptoms of Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing sounds when no external sound is present, the main symptoms may include these types of phantom noises in your ears:

  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Roaring
  • Clicking
  • Hissing
  • Humming

While the phantom noise may vary in pitch from low to high, and you may hear it in one or both ears, sometimes the sound can be so loud that it can interfere with your ability to concentrate or hear external sounds. Tinnitus may be present all the time, or it may come and go frequently.

Types of Tinnitus

There tends to be two types of tinnitus, this includes subjective and objective tinnitus: Subjective tinnitus is tinnitus that only you can hear, it is the most common type of tinnitus and it can be caused by ear problems in your outer, middle or inner ear. Tinnitus can also be caused by problems from the hearing (auditory) nerves or the part of your brain that interprets nerve signals as sound and auditory pathways. Objective tinnitus is tinnitus that a doctor or specialist will also be able to hear when they provide an examination. It’s a rare type of tinnitus that can be caused by a blood vessel problem, a middle ear bone condition or muscle contractions.

Will the Tinnitus improve?

When you first experience tinnitus and its effects, you may naturally be worried and also very aware of this new sound. As humans we constantly monitor our bodies and if anything changes, we become aware of the changes, hearing tinnitus for the first time can be quite frightening and you may think it means that something is wrong with you, or that it might change your life. There’s no need to worry though, while it is a new sensation, you will need to give yourself time to adapt to it. The majority of people find that their tinnitus does seem to settle down after they first experience it, even without doing anything in particular. Initially, it may seem to be really loud but then after a while, you may stop noticing it as much. Tinnitus can be much the same, it can also be more noticeable but you will gradually notice it less than you did the first time and so on. Often tinnitus perception is reduced to a very low level or even to the extent it isn’t perceived at all. Although there are no guarantees, the results can make a great deal of difference to people’s everyday lives. We recommend that one of the most important things to do is to keep doing the things that you love and enjoy. If you start living your life differently to account for the tinnitus, it’s just going to become more of a problem, while you may need to do things differently, it’s important that you and your wellbeing is taken care of. We offer appointments during the day, evenings, and at weekends. Your assessment will last up to 90 minutes and cost £175.00

For Audiology in Sheffield Contact Peter Byrom

When it comes to audiology in Sheffield or any of the surrounding areas in South Yorkshire, be sure to make Peter Byrom your first port of call. We have years of experience in the industry and offer a full range of dedicated audiology and hearing services for patients. No matter what your hearing requirements might be, from wax removal, hearing tests to hearing problems and tinnitus, be sure to make us your first choice. Contact us today to book an appointment in local Sheffield.

Peter Byrom is an Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser who specialises in a range of Audiology & Hearing Aid Dispensing services. Based in Sheffield he covers all of South Yorkshire including Chesterfield, Barnsley, and Rotherham. He is qualified with a Masters in Science (MSc) Advanced Practice and has over 25 years NHS (latterly as adult clinical lead) and 15 years private sector experience. He is registered with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). His aim is to provide the best Audiology Service available to you.

Our Clinics
  • Peter Byrom Audiology
    Thornbury Hospital
    312 Fulwood Road
    Sheffield S10 3BR
  • Peter Byrom Audiology
    12 Causeway Head Road Dore
    Sheffield S17 3DT
    0114 419 1800