I have just signed up to this forum and I thought I would put a post up about my search for a 'cure' for my tinnitus. My tinnitus started at a very loud live music gig probably about a year ago, it manifests itself as a high-pitched tonal sound (with occasional 'whooshing' when I am feeling tense or stressed). I am (so far) "lucky" enough to only have tinnitus at a level I can hear when I am in a quiet room or when I have ear plugs in my ears - I sometimes ride a motorbike. I know that tinnitus can get worse though, so I am looking to get treatment before it does.
I had a consultation at "The Tinnitus Clinic" in Harley Street earlier this month and it was very thorough; I saw both the ENT Consultant (Mr. Patel) and the Senior Audiologist (Mr. Williams) and underwent various tests.
I am fortunate enough that my Bupa cover through my job covered the £300 cost, unfortunately that's all Bupa will cover though due to the nature of tinnitus being recognised as a chronic condition.
Mr Williams recommended "Tinnitus Desensitisation Therapy" for my type of tinnitus (primary tinnitus, caused by loud noise exposure, not by a physical ailment) at a cost of £2500, this is described on their website thetinnitusclinic.co.uk/. As I understand it, the treatment involves wearing in-ear devices that play a frequency of sound that mimics my tinnitus, at a low volume, for around 6 hours a day, over a course lasting 24 weeks, in combination with listening to "purple noise" overnight through a medical phone app.
I think I will be going ahead with the treatment, after I have spoken with my GP and if I do I will post on this thread every so often with progress updates, which will hopefully be useful to others who are considering seeking out similar therapy.
All the best, John.