It will soon be Thursday, 14th July and this was to be the meeting when Susan McCormack would present her tinnitus research results. Unfortunately Susan has cancelled due to family commitments which will be disappointing for many of you. However, also she has not been able to collate her findings as yet, but we will fit her in when the data is ready to be publicised. Several of our members took part in the study.
Jan Petty will take the meeting in her absence and we may well go back to basic Hearing Therapy with emphasis on managing tinnitus and hyperacusis. We have many new people who attend since this was last done. Come along with your questions which Jan will endeavour to answer.
We do not meet in August
Thursday, 8th September we welcome back our friend Jan Cox, to those of you new to the group, Jan is a Bowen Therapist, and she will remind us of how the Bowen Technique can help. She has worked with many of our members over the past years, if you're
not one of them come along and find out more
Thursday, 13th October. Annual review of NFTG. Followed by short talk on the ear, how we hear, the audiogram (bring a copy of yours if available) speech in background noise & managing tinnitus - Jan Petty.
Thursday, 10th November, Let's look at Lipreading. Bring your reading spectacles. There will be ideas to practice at home and could lead to a short course at Lyndhurst or nearby -Caroline Court, a qualified Lipreading teacher.
Thursday, 8th December, 2016 Penny Stannard, our very important link with Hearing therapy at RSH, Southampton, will take the meeting, which will be our Christmas Celebration too. She will tell us what she is doing these days, both in her private work and also with the NHS. Penny is always welcome at meetings.
Finally, a preview of 2017 program (draft - not all confirmed)
Thursday, 12th January, 2017. Yoga du rire - Laughter Yoga. This follows an idea I picked up in France and brought back with me, but lo and behold one of our intrepid members has also experienced it and thoroughly recommends it to the group. No one booked as yet - I need to try it first!
Thursday, 9th February. Hypnotherapy can help to deal with tinnitus. Paul Hancocks will return to remind us again. His sessions were very well received at the tinnitus Therapies Event we held in 2014. He was asked to repeat his talk four times during the day.
Thursday, 9th March. What works for tinnitus? Discussion of effective therapies from Jan Petty's Hearing and TinnitusTherapy Case Book
Thursday, 13th April. Reflexology can be used to great effect. Find out how. Therapist not yet confirmed.
Thursday, 11th May. Dance your way to health & happiness – Jan Cox tbc
of past meetings
On Thursday, 9th June we welcomed Dawn Wade a highly qualified Yoga Instructor who works around the New Forest area with a wide range of groups.
Dawn gave us a superb explanation of Yoga and the vital breathing techniques which are essential when practising Yoga. We welcomed some new people to the group and it was a very successful afternoon. Several present were coping with injuries, but Dawn made us all realise that you can do yoga moves on different levels. She works with both very fit and active people (power yoga) as well as helping some with severe mental and mobility issues like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. For those amongst you that couldn't attend she instilled a confidence and belief in us all, that everything is possible.Probably one of the most inspirational people we have invited in the eight years we have been established. The tea break was postponed till later, (unheard of) as we were all so interested and involved.
On Thursday,12th May we welcomed Debbie Sacree from the Hearing and Vision team at Hampshire Social Services. The group enjoyed her talk last year and she was invited to return by popular request. Debbie was accompanied by her trainee and they gave an interesting talk covering all the equipment they provide to help with hearing, although not specifically for tinnitus. Debbie drew members attention to our tinnitus equipment which is detailed in our booklet.They also discussed aspects of safety in the home when you have a hearing loss. It was an interesting meeting and members gave positive comments and feedback.
Our meeting on Thursday, 14th April 2016 was a great success. Our speaker was Professor Peter Wheeler, Chair of BTA. Peter told us about his career in acoustics working on innovative projects, one of which featured on Tomorrow's World. We saw slides of notable people who have taken a keen interest in the ingenious ideas scientists explore. Many of these feature in everyday life now, which we take for granted. We learned about his scientific work at the Institute of Sound & Vibration Research, (ISVR) at Southampton University. The second part of Peter's talk was about the work of the British Tinnitus Association and the current tinnitus research projects being carried out by Researchers they support.
We welcomed six new people and as we are planning program for 2017, a bit ahead we know, we asked members what they would like at future meetings. Jan asked for ideas and Sue put on the flip chart.
This is what we came with:
* End meetings with 10 minute question and answer slot
* Mindfulness. Explore holding 8 week course
* Lip reading
* Back to Basics, more about the ear, how we hear, understanding audiograms, etc.
* Laughter Yoga Yoga.
The meeting was taken by Keeley Salmon who runs KeytoHearing in Bournemouth who is well known to members. Go to our Information Book to find out more. Keeley told us about the latest technical developments in hearing and tinnitus aids and how they can help you deal with tinnitus. Her talk generated a lot of interest and questions. Also we welcomed three new people to the group. Jean, Sue and Mike asked members what they would like to see at future meetings and we hope to implement some of the suggestions in April
February meeting was very well attended and Jean Wright inspired people to borrow our equipment to try their own homes to see how effective it could be in helping with tinnitus.
Mike Ludwig demonstrated his home loop and also a portable neck loop which is very useful when travelling or on holiday. Not many people with hearing aids were aware of these facilities and came away with a better understanding of what is possible.
Susan McCormack returned to talk more about her tinnitus research project which she outlined at the December meeting. She has now got sufficent material for her study. Susan will return to the July meeting to tell us about her results. "Member Forum-sharing ideas that work." Sue Curtis organised a "Post-note" session where members were invited to write down things which had helped with their tinnitus. Over 40 were completed and a summary of the outcome will be put up on the website shortly. There was an excellent attendance at a very positive meeting. Thanks to everyone who is taking part.
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