I have always been quite proud of my hearing, at school I always managed to pass the audiologist’s test and was told, in music lessons, that I had perfect pitch!
Advancing into my 50s, I had no particular concerns relating to my hearing, but following an ill-advised game of rugby, I developed quite noticeable tinnitus and started to have related balance problems!
Determined not to give in to the excuse that ‘it’s just part of getting older’, I tried to work out if the tinnitus and balance problems were associated. I kept a diary to record the days when the tinnitus was at its worst and tried to form a link with the balance problems – there seemed to be a slight correlation…
I no longer play rugby, but the associated tinnitus and balance issues have remained some five years down the line. Having eventually lost patience, hoping the symptoms would disappear by themselves, I decided to see my GP and start some diagnostic tests. She thought that a hearing test would be a good idea and booked me in. Unfortunately, the appointment would take six months to come up. At this point I decided to book a private hearing test with the Banbury Hearing Centre.
The test was very much as I had thought it would be and both the Audiologist, and June the Centre Manager were extremely helpful (and sympathetic).
My consultation lasted about an hour. It was so refreshing to be able to talk to an informed health worker for more than ten minutes without feeling that one’s time was up. The Audiologist went through the results with me and I was encouraged to find that my hearing was fine (for someone of my age), but there was slight pressure within the eardrum which pointed to a possible cause of my balance problems.
Having spent time at the centre I felt far better informed for my next visit to the GP and more importantly, very re-assured that I wasn’t the only person to experience such symptoms and that there were many ways to proceed.
At this point in time I have yet to visit the ‘dizziness’ clinic in Oxford (negotiating three roundabouts to get there!) but the information provided by the Banbury Hearing Centre has been invaluable.
Re-assurance is often key for the wellbeing of a patient, and this is most definitely provided in abundance by the Banbury Hearing Centre.