Apex Headache Clinic cleared my tinnitus!

70-year-old Teresa Barr from Belfast had been suffering with constant tinnitus, which is ringing in the ear and this was severely affecting her quality of life. Here, she shares how the clinic’s unique regime of specialist manual physiotherapy treatment for tinnitus, called The Nelson Tinnitus Approach, cleared her tinnitus, allowing her to regain control of her life.  

Teresa, when did your tinnitus begin? 

My tinnitus symptoms began in July 2022. I had constant ringing in my left ear which started suddenly with no explanation. I attended my GP and they checked my ears for a build up of wax and also recommended I had a hearing test. Both tests were normal and my GP told me there wasn’t really any treatment options available for tinnitus apart from waiting to see if it would go away by itself or trying CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to help cope with it. 

How did tinnitus affect your life? 

The constant noise and ringing in my ear was extremely annoying. It affected my sleep and stopped me from concentrating when reading which is something that I always enjoyed doing. I started to listen to audio books and play music to try and block out the constant noise. It was very frustrating not having any control over it. 

What led you to Apex Headache Clinic? 

My sister had attended Apex Clinic for treatment herself and she suggested that I should give it a try for my tinnitus to see if they could help me also. After thinking that this was something I was just going to have to live with, I made an appointment with one of their specialist physiotherapists for an initial consultation.  

How has your life changed since having treatment? 

My progress with treatment was slow and steady. I attended sessions twice per week with my specialist physiotherapist at the beginning and as the tinnitus lessened and lessened, my treatment sessions were spaced out further to ensure that the improvement would maintain. I am thrilled to say that my tinnitus cleared 100% and the quality of my life has returned to normal. I now see my specialist physio once every 5 weeks for maintenance.  

What advice would you offer someone suffering from tinnitus? 

If you have tinnitus, give specialist physiotherapy treatment at Apex Clinic a go. It is worthwhile as it could reduce your symptoms or even clear them completely as it did with me! I am so happy with my progress to date and it helps knowing there is something I can do about my tinnitus if it ever returned in the future!  

To book an appointment at Apex Headache Clinic for tinnitus, call 028 9048 4153. No GP referral is necessary.