Free Online Support
Alan Hopkirk organises a range of free online tinnitus support options. The first of these is offered in conjunction with the British Tinnitus Association. This is a monthly online support group. It meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month between 12:00 noon and 1:30 pm.
He also organises the BTA’s Glasgow and West of Scotland Tinnitus Support group which typically meets six times a year for physical meetings next door to Invizear’s clinic in Central Glasgow. Due to COVID-19, these have been transferred to virtual meetings for the foreseeable future. Regular attendees are welcome, but we also extend a big welcome to those living geographically further afield. (So far Florida, USA takes the prize) The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 24th November at 6:30 pm.
Alan also organises our own Invizear.com support groups which have a strong focus on taking action. These regular free meetings (generally every two to three weeks) are advertised on social media. They have also attracted visitors from far afield, throughout the U.K and overseas. Our protocol is that you will need a webcam or mobile phone to be able to attend. This is because the live video link helps overcome the lack of physical presence. It also encourages the sharing of experiences and establishes empathy within the virtual group. The next meetings are scheduled for the following dates:
Alan is happy to offer these support services free to those suffering from Tinnitus and/or Hyperacusis and for many, this type of support will be all you need.
Paid for Tinnitus Support Options
If you are experiencing a more significant impact we also offer a range of more detailed individual tinnitus support options depending on your need.
The Invisible Hearing Clinic, based in Glasgow, has been serving a wide geographical area from John O Groats to Northern England for over a decade. To facilitate this Alan was an early adopter of telehealth and remote support to manage these far-flung patients. We now assist patients throughout the UK and further afield and are particularly proud of the successful support we have been able to provide during the COVID – 19 lockdown. As we slowly emerge from this, it has become apparent that the techniques we were obliged to adopt will have enduring relevance.
Personalised Remote Telehealth Assessment
This initially involves completion of our detailed online tinnitus questionnaire and personal details of your tinnitus and hyperacusis journey. Our tinnitus expert (Alan Hopkirk) will then spend time offline analysing your responses and identifying the specific issues affecting you. This will form the basis of a one-hour individual online consultation, ideally, with your spouse, partner or significant other. The aim of the consultation is to focus on your relationship with your tinnitus and how you can turn this around. At the end of this session, we expect you to be empowered to feel that you can cope with your tinnitus. Alternatively, whilst you will feel more comfortable, you will be aware of further tinnitus support options that may benefit you.
The fee for this online assessment and initial support is £125, payable by debit/credit card or bank transfer.
Personal In-Clinic Comprehensive Tinnitus Assessment
This includes all of the features of the remote assessment as above. Having established our focus and priorities, we will then arrange in-clinic tests to understand your auditory system in detail and explain how we will optimise treatment specifically for you.
We will then demonstrate our tinnitus treatment which is based on the Jastreboff Neurophysiological model. We apply an expanded holistic treatment with TRT – Tinnitus Retraining Therapy at its core. The explanation and further detail is a starting point for your long-term effective treatment as detailed below.
The fee for this physical assessment and initial support is £225, payable by debit/credit card or bank transfer. The cost of on-line assessment can be deducted in full if booked within three months.
Effective Tinnitus Treatment Packages – from £1997
Having determined your specific situation, the impact of your Tinnitus and/or Hyperacusis and any hearing requirements we can design a personalised treatment package tailored to your needs. This is based on the Jastreboff Neurophysiological Model involving a holistic protocol based on Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). It is specific and fine-tuned for each patient. Following the commencement of the treatment, we will arrange a follow-up review session at approximately seven days. During this session, we will be reinforcing the dos and don’ts, making sure that you are adapting correctly to the guidance given at our initial meeting. The continuing process is dynamic and it will change according to your needs and reactions.
Our first goal is that by eight weeks, you are happily following the instructions and guidance for your treatment. Although we will continue to adjust your treatment as you make progress, this will be the foundation of your long-term success. By eight weeks we would expect you to perceive real benefits. You will be comfortable with your progress and confident to continue with treatment. There is also a money-back guarantee at this point if you do not feel the progress is sufficient.
We know that making long term changes takes perseverance and guidance. After nine months most patients will have achieved significant and lasting improvements. By then, you will then be able to lead a life where tinnitus and/or hyperacusis no longer has the same prominence and you are able to enjoy your life to the full.
Beware treatments which promise a “cure” or “instant fix”. Our Treatment protocols provide full 18-month support to ensure that we are there for you for the long-term.
What Do I Do Next?
To enquire about our tinnitus support options or book one of our treatments please fill in the form below or call us to discuss your options.