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Hearing Loss Counselling & Psychotherapy

Hearing Loss Counselling & Psychotherapy

Hearing Loss Counselling – is for individuals living with Mental Health Issues triggered by impaired hearing in all forms.  We offer Short Term Therapy Working on Techniques & Skills or Longer-Term Personal Developmental Psychotherapy. Our service is tailored towards individuals who do not use sign language.

Communication – Our team delivers Therapy for people with differing levels of Deafness, including Suddenly Acquired Deafness through a Medical Issue or Accident and declining hearing through age or other circumstances. Our Therapists use spoken word (oral) & visual gestures to communicate with individuals who usually struggle using a mainstream Therapist. We offer a live subtitle service if video sessions are selected. 

Counselling – Our Therapists help individuals learn healthy coping skills; these skills help clients navigate life. Hearing loss Counselling can help people avoid potential issues & symptoms such as panic attacks, depression, anxieties, substance abuse, self-harm, suicidal thoughts & addictions. 

Expectations from Counselling – Therapy allows individuals to discuss their cultural issues (do not fit in) and Emotional & Mental Health. The Therapist will ask about the presenting issues they are experiencing, whether it be feelings of discrimination or lack of awareness by people around, or situations where they are struggling to fit in. 

Hearing Loss Counselling

Hearing Loss Counselling – is for individuals living with Mental Health Issues triggered by impaired hearing in all forms.  We offer Short Term Therapy Working on Techniques & Skills or Longer-Term Personal Developmental Psychotherapy. Our service is tailored towards individuals who do not use sign language.

Communication – Our team delivers Therapy for people with differing levels of Deafness, including Suddenly Acquired Deafness through a Medical Issue or Accident and declining hearing through age or other circumstances. Our Therapists use spoken word (oral) & visual gestures to communicate with individuals who usually struggle using a mainstream Therapist. We offer a live subtitle service if video sessions are selected. 

Hearing Loss Counselling – can help people avoid potential issues & symptoms such as panic attacks, depression, anxieties, substance abuse, self-harm, suicidal thoughts & addictions. 

Hearing Loss Counselling

Expectations from Counselling – Therapy allows individuals to discuss their cultural issues (do not fit in) and Emotional & Mental Health. The Therapist will ask about the presenting issues they are experiencing, whether it be feelings of discrimination or lack of awareness by people around, or situations where they are struggling to fit in. 

Hearing Loss Counselling

Hearing Loss Counselling for individuals & couples living with Mental Health Issues triggered by impaired hearing in all forms.  

We offer Short Term Therapy Working on Techniques & Skills or Longer-Term Personal Developmental Psychotherapy. 

Our service is tailored towards individuals who do not use sign language.

Hearing Loss Counselling

Communication – Our team delivers Therapy for people with differing levels of Deafness, including Suddenly Acquired Deafness through a Medical Issue or Accident and declining hearing through age or other circumstances. Our Therapists use spoken word (oral) & visual gestures to communicate with individuals who usually struggle using a mainstream Therapist. We offer a live subtitle service if video sessions are selected. 

Counselling – Our Therapists help individuals learn healthy coping skills; these skills help clients navigate life. Hearing loss Counselling can help people avoid potential issues & symptoms such as panic attacks, depression, anxieties, substance abuse, self-harm, suicidal thoughts & addictions. 

Hearing Loss Counselling

Expectations from Counselling – Therapy allows individuals to discuss their cultural issues (do not fit in) and Emotional & Mental Health. 

The Therapist will ask about the presenting issues they are experiencing, whether it be feelings of discrimination or lack of awareness by people around, or situations where they are struggling to fit in. 

The Therapist will ask the individual to discuss any worries or stresses, including those associated with self-esteem. 

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Summary

Hearing Loss Overview
A person is said to have hearing loss if they are not able to hear as well as someone with normal hearing, meaning hearing thresholds of 20 dB or better in both ears. It can be mild, moderate, moderately severe, severe or profound, and can affect one or both ears
Mental Health
Examples: Depression, Generalised Anxieties, Panic, Health & Social Anxiety.
Emotional Health
Examples: Irritability, Angry Outbursts, Sleeping Problems, Difficulty Concentrating. Isolation, Loss of Confidence.
Avoidance
Typically a common type of avoidance is within social situations such as dinners, parties & even shopping where there are large gatherings.
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Common Hearing Loss Counselling Questions?

Why hearing Loss Counselling

Hearing Loss Counselling may be a better option than psychotherapy if you have specific issues or short term problems you wish to address. 

– You wish to learn coping skills to help better manage stress and improve relationships.

– You are coping with life transitions and adjustments.

– You are looking for someone who is essentially a “coach” who can guide and support you as you learn to recognise problems and formulate healthy solutions yourself.

Hearing Loss Counselling is a short term treatment plan that will last between 6 weeks & 6 months. Clients will receive a Qualified BACP Registered Counsellor who works with individuals who require Hearing Loss Counselling.

The Counselling focuses on the present problem and situation of living with hearing loss. The counsellor will work with the individual giving guidance, support, and education to help identify and find their own solutions.

Why Hearing Loss Psychotherapy

A psychotherapist may be a better option than Hearing Loss Counselling if:

– You have problems that are significantly impacting your life and relationships.

– You are coping with past trauma, or if you believe situations in the past may be playing a role in your current issues

– Your present issues are chronic or recurring concerns

– You have a chronic medical condition that is affecting your emotional well-being

– You have a diagnosed mental health condition such as severe depression, mood or anxiety disorder

– You have seen a counsellor, and your issues aren’t improving even though you’ve been actively working on solutions

Psychotherapy addresses the root cause and core issues of current problems so that lasting change and personal growth may occur. Clients will work with an Accredited Psychotherapist who will deliver Hearing Loss Counselling. 

Psychotherapy is a longer-term treatment that focuses more on gaining insight into chronic physical and emotional problems. Its focus is on the person’s thought processes and how these may be influenced by past events in conjunction with the trauma that caused problems in the present. 

What is Relationship Counselling?

Our counsellors provide a caring, supportive and non-judgmental environment to help you find a way through the effects of hearing loss on your relationships as a couple.

Together we will first help you to identify the issues or problems you are facing in your relationship.

If you decide couple counselling (couples or friends) is the way forward for both of you, you will embark on a series of short-term counselling sessions – anything between six and twelve sessions is normal, but it will depend on the issues you are experiencing.

For some couples counselling is the start of a long process of discovery while for others, a few sessions of counselling may be all they need to move through a rough patch. You will be able to discuss your expectations with your counsellor.

Counselling Methodologies

SoundMind-UK team can offer differing methodologies of Hearing Loss Counselling & Psychotherapies from the outset.

Shorter-term solutions would include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, while medium to longer-term solutions includes Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis & Integrative Methodologies.

Our counselling methodologies include elements of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy within the treatment plan selected.

Pros of paying privately for Hard of Hearing Counselling

Get help almost immediately

Develop a closer more personal relationship with your therapist as there is no no limit on amount of sessions you require. The NHS has a very ‘ one in one out’ style of working whereas it feels a lot more personal when you go to private sessions.

Going private means clients can choose different treatments & choose to see a therapist privately gives clients greater separation from the rest of their life. Although services are available through GPs and NHS-funded mental health services, many people are worried about perceived mental health difficulties appearing on their medical records.

Hard of Hearing Counselling Paid by the NHS

SoundMind-UK can apply for NHS funded sessions for you. Sessions are free, this is the biggest advantage of the NHS funding. No application can be guaranteed to be successful. Between time of application & approval can be 12 weeks or more.

There are some regions within the UK that will not fund specialist services

Services that ask us for support includes:

Solicitors, Lawyers, Courts, Employers, Educational Establishments (colleges, universities etc)

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Hard of Hearing Counselling online through our special HIPPA compliant video systems has many advantages including:

Online counselling gives you the opportunity to speak to a therapist, counsellor or analyst online, without having to meet them face to face.

Online therapy is more convenient than traditional therapy.Instead of driving to a therapist’s office for every session, you can simply log on to our video platform  from the comfort of home.

Using the online systems clients have flexible scheduling, making to fit a session into the day.

Video Hard of Hearing Counselling is also helpful for people who struggle to access in-person treatment for one reason or another. They may have a disability, lack transportation, live too far away from a treatment location, or be unable to leave their house. Online sessions make it possible for these people to receive the mental health treatment they need.

Counselling in-person

SoundMind-UK offer in-person sessions within:

  • Central London
  • Central Birmingham
  • Newcastle
  • Sussex, Canvey Region
  • Surrey, Elmbridge Region
  • Durham
  • Hartlepool

New therapy rooms being added throughout 2021 & 2022

It’s not always noticeable if you’re losing your hearing.

Hearing loss can affect anyone of any age.

The most affected age group is the over 60’s.

Common signs include:

  • Difficulty hearing other people clearly, and misunderstanding what they say, especially in noisy places. 
  • Asking people to repeat themselves.
  • Listening to music or watching television loudly.
  • Having to concentrate hard to hear what other people are saying, leading to increased tiredness and stress. 

Hearing Loss Counselling addresses these issues in compassionate structured sessions.  

A variety of disorders affecting the ear can cause sudden hearing loss. For most people, there is no known cause.

Sudden sensorineural (“inner ear”) hearing loss (SSHL), commonly known as sudden deafness, is a rapid loss of hearing either all at once or over a space of a few days.

This can happen when the inner ear, the cochlea in the inner ear, or the nerve pathways between the ear and the brain become damaged.

Sudden deafness frequently affects only one ear.

People with SSHL often discover hearing loss upon waking up in the morning. 

You may notice a loud, alarming “pop” just before their hearing disappears. You may also notice one or more of these symptoms: a feeling of ear fullness, dizziness, and/or a ringing in their ears, such as tinnitus. 

Some conditions that cause sudden hearing loss include:

  • Infections.

  • Head trauma.

  • Autoimmune diseases.

  • Exposure to certain drugs that treat cancer or severe infections.

  • Blood circulation problems.

  • Neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis.

  • Disorders of the inner ear, such as Ménière’s disease. 

The SoundMind-UK hearing loss counselling program will support you to find solutions and signpost you to the relevant support sites, so you receive a full package of care. 

Common Emotional & Mental Health Issues

Often people can develop emotional issues when it comes to dealing with their hearing loss. Some people will find it difficult to manage their emotional responses or keep them within an acceptable range.  This can refer to a wide range of emotions, including:

Sadness, Anger, Irritability, Frustration, Panic, Fatigue,Stress, Low Self-Esteem, Health Anxiety

Sometimes, people with sudden deafness or hearing loss can develop more severe mental health issues, including:

Suicidal thoughts, Self-Harm, Anxiety, Sleep Deprivation, Isolation, Depression, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Dissociation, Paranoia

Hearing Loss Counselling supports people with mild to severe mental health issues. 

Cognitive Symptoms for some people may potentially demonstrate additional emotional issues such as:

Poor Concentration, Organising Thoughts, Angry Outbursts, Impulsive Behaviours, Fatigue

 

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