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    Schizophrenia is a chronic mental illness that sees the afflicted patient suffering from psychotic symptoms. Read more →

    My son who is 13 years old has been having behavioural, social, communication problems since the age of 2. He has violent outbursts with no provication which can last for 3 hours. 2 weeks ago he had a break down and told his mum that he was and had been hearing voices telling him to break things. He is waiting for an evaluation but i was just wondering if he is diagnosed as being Schizophrenic how effective will any treatment be for someone his age.





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    After hearing tests I have been given hearing aids, which work quite well, but during the tests I had a bone conduction test which meant that I could hear everything loud and clear! Is this type of hearing aid not available on the NHS? Comments would be appreciated.





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    6yrs ago I sufferred a sudden hearing loss to 1 ear to which no cause could be found I have tinnitus in that ear but total loss of any other hearing therefore no aid can be used . My main problem is I cannot distinguish where sounds come from and am very wary of going out alone. A couple of weeks ago I had the same sensation in my good ear as when I lost my hearing in the other. I do have other medical conditions one that has affected my eyes and lungs . Would I be elligible for the operation that is featured on tonights show .





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    Hi There I have been a Meniers sufferer for about 8 years. This has left me with reduced hearing, for which I have hearing aids. I also suffer from Tinnitus and hyperacusis. The tinnitus manifests as a constant high pitch scream in both ears (about top C) that sounds like the screech when a child is first learning the violin. I have seen hearing therapists in two regions and the message is the same "it is something you just have to live with". I have tried noise generators, relaxation therapy and acupuncture but nothing helps. Is there no real help out there ? John





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    My mom is 62 years old and has a serious hearing problem. How can she get free hearing devices? Do South African government health facilities offer that? Please help.





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    Hello! i was born with a glu ear so my hearing is already effected, but recently in the past two years i've noticed that i get bouts of high pitched noise, i use to get it as a child but not as much, but i get it in bouts, its not all the time but it comes with ear ache as well...should i worry and get my hearing checked????





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    Even though you were born with your hearing affected I would still go and get ti checked as it sounds as if something is irritating it

    I am 13 years old and I hear voices in my head but i know what the people look like. They have personalities etc and i can see them sometimes. they tell me to do things but I know that they're not real but i cant control them. Aah so confusing, any advice would really be appreciated! x





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    hi im 30 female and at the end of last year i lost hearing in my left ear when i went to the doctor he said it was a boil and burst it by the nest morning i lost my balance and past out i was taken to hospital and started having fits i was rushed in and had brain scan and tests i was in allot of pain now i am getting a green discharge and pain loss of hearing





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    I'm 16 and for a few years I've been having worsening problems with hearing voices, seeing people and paranoia. I hear people quite agressively shout my name in my ear & feel their breath on the back of me neck and a man who keeps whispering things to do with fishing which is really frightening when it happens. I've seen my late father standing outside my kitchen window and a random blonde girl who disappears after a second or so about 10 metres away from be, who just stares with a blank expression; my friend has looked at me weirdly and told me there was no-one there, which seemed like complete rubbish - it's really vivid and looks real. I'm constantly paranoid that people are trying to listen in on everything I say and are always watching me. I can't walk through my own house without checking I'm not being watched or followed, which isn't pleasant at all. Twice I've had really bad episodes where I've become really animated and shouted at my mum and step-dad to keep out of my room, blocking the door, window. The whole time I felt like they were going to attack me and steal me personal belongings; which is really unlike my naturally quiet/shy nature. Also I find it really hard to trust anyone and can't let myself think certain thoughts in case people hear them. I've blocked my webcam because I have a really nasty feeling that someone's watching me whenever I use my laptop. I've tried to tell my mum once but she told me to stop being stupid and telling people will make them think i'm mad. I think I might be going mad, can anyone help?





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    Have you talked to your doctor about this? I don't think paranoia is that unnatural with the way the world is. Mood swings could just be down to hormones. These can also be symptoms of other mental health problems such as depression. Don't worry that people might think you're mad. If you're mad you need help, but you won't get it if everyone around is in denial. I think your mum is scared that people will think badly of you and her if you have a mental illness, but there is nothing to be ashamed about, and it is better to get treatment to deal with the distressing feelings. You might be able to deal with some of the paranoia by reassuring yourself, and it would be helpful if your family and friends could support you in this. During times of extreme anxiety I think people do sometimes "see" things. Are you under a lot of pressure? School work can become too much pressure, or bereavement might make you vulnerable. Bereavement counselling might help. You seem very aware of your problems, and recognise that your behaviour and visions are odd. Psychotic people generally are not aware of this. Doctors are wary of pinning labels of schizophrenia on people; besides the stigma it is also difficult to know where one mental illness stops and another begins. You should seek help because you have a problem that affects your life badly, and it is unlikely to just go away without being addressed, but appropriate medicines, therapies and lifestyle can make a vast improvement.

    I'm prone to ear infections (it seems my right ear takes more damage) and have the volume up on my ipod all the time. My parents have been warning me about tinnitus since I was complaining of hearing things in my ears a few months ago. My ears are very sensitive to loud noises and I've been getting a lot of headaches and earaches recently. I'm hearing things in my right ear, but the noise is rather quiet, yet it still causes me some discomfort. Is this tinnitus?





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    Please try flaxseed oil or fish oil for your son, it has worked for me. I was hearing voices constantly and they stopped. Also I would advise no coffee, three times I have seen that this affects the voices into returning. I also take multi vitamins and minerals, zinc, evening primrose oil, B vitamins and miner complex supplements. I hope this helps. If he needs to go on an anti-psychtic tablet I have found a low dose of amisupride to have the least side affects.

    Please try flaxseed oil or fish oil for your son, it has worked for me. I was hearing voices constantly and they stopped. Also I would advise no coffee, three times I have seen that this affects the voices into returning. I also take multi vitamins and minerals, zinc, evening primrose oil, B vitamins and miner complex supplements. I hope this helps. If he needs to go on an anti-psychtic tablet I have found a low dose of amisulpride to have the least side affects.

    I am 61 & have loss of good hearing since I was 8 or nine, NHS will not do anything for me as they say I have adequate hearing in the other ear, I have been written off on quite a few times, the last one about 18 months ago. They gave me a hearing aid that just makes the sounds I can hear,'louder'! which I have found to be of no use. My bad hearing causes me sooooooooo many problems & bad feelings as people think I being rude when I cant enter into a conversation. Please please let me know more about this hearing aid.





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    I had hearing problem all my life when I was 2 years old I think I wear to hearing aids because of my ear drum has burst and lot of problem when I was born and if you can't really hear I think it is very important to Wear your hearing aid it not because you make yourself look cool without them everyone is not perfect I don't need cochlea implant because my hearing is not that bad because when I take my hearing aids out I still have some hearing aids For the one who haven't got hearing problems if you always have your music up loud you can burst you ear drum and lose your hearing compliantly for the people who laugh at us is not good because one day you might have to get one or two one day People who might thinking about hearing problems wanna ask hearing places to cheack you up because there are the best people for that and the hosapital people would be the fist place you go to because to see if your hearing is not thatcbad or it is it depends on how bad your is





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    I am 20 years old an very recently lost my hearing. I have no hearing in my right ear an very little in my left, I have been to the doctors numerous times till recently beig referred to ENT who then varied out a hearing test and am now waiting for my hearing aids, the call it SSHL I am angry it took so long for someone to understand me and help me . Doctors said it would come back but not a thing yet and with every hearing test my hearing levels get lower.





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    My partner and I are both Deaf. I have a Hearing Dog to help me with sounds that most people take fore granted. I was very surprised that your video on DEAFNESS didn't have any sub-titles - what a SHAME you do not understand Deafness. Please let me know when subtitles are introduced. Kind regards.

    How severe is your hearing loss? If it is severe or profound, a cochlear implant could work better for you than hearing aids. I gradually lost my hearing from when I was 16-18. I had a cochlear implant last year and can hear with it far better than I ever did with a hearing aid. You could also ask for your hearing aids to be adjusted or to try a different type of hearing aid is some people get on better with different ones and also if you have lost hearing since you last had your hearing aid adjusted it might not be at the right levels.

    I am 50 and have had a hearing problems for many years but it bacame savere 4 years ago. I have 2 hearing aids from the NHS. My left ear hearing has now completely gone. I am desperate to find an aid that can help. I did not see the program about the hearing aid but it sounds good. Can you let me know where I can obtain one and what its is called. I am so ashaimed about my hearing loss and I feel very issolated and am concerned that my good ear which isn't great is getting worse.





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    My mother has bad hearing and wears an aid prescribed by our NHS in 2004. She has just had a hearing test in her home and was reccommended a pair of hearing aids at a cost of between £2-3000. These aids make her hearing much improved. Is there any possibility of these from our NHS?





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    i think your GP is right, the problem is emotional rather than physical. it doesnt make it any less real or valid. you dont need to feel down or depressed or be hearing voices or any of that stuff to be suffering emotionally. sometimes its as simple as constant headaches or feeling very tired. did you doctor come up with any next steps to take? its worth going back and asking him what help is available - ask for counselling, alternative therapies, even an allergy test is worth doing.

    I was diagnosed with split personaly disorderlast year but just recently things have changed ive started hearing like a drilling noise next door like the old lady is trying to get through my bedroom wall to hurt me..the voices in my head hav started telling me to do things like move the cup to the other cupbored or ur mum will get hurt.i tried commiting suicide in january i woke up in intensive care.recently ive startedhaving thoughts about suicide again and cutting my self.i feel the people I live with are against me so I keep myself in my room.ive been really quiet laterly and off with my fiancee im scared to get close to him incase he against me to.the voices in my head have been so loud laterly and I feel theres two or three now. I also keep seeing a monkey on my bed and a man rhat sits on my bed.i get followedwen I go town and I fear they wanna hurt me to.i dont know whats going on I have aniexty and suffer from panic attacks and depression.i fear it might be schizopheria but I know they run test and a brain scan what if it comes back normal what will mean will they think im crazy or just making it up please help.charlene age 22





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    they wont run a brain scan - there was limited evidence that schizphrenia causes shrinkage of the brain but nothing was ever confirmed because they couldnt work out if the fact that the brain was smaller was BECAUSE of the schizophrenia or the cause of it. its since been abandoned as a diagnostic tool. they'll talk to you about your symptoms and the triggers for them. there are lots of mental health conditions that have psychosis as part of them and doctors dont just say 'you're crazy' i hallucinate fairly constantly and im bipolar. please go and see someone and try and take a friend or loved one who has witnessed your symptoms. it makes it a lot easier for the doctor to tell what is going on if you have someone independent to back you up.

    im 43 and suffer with depression and a fwe years ago i started hearing voices and seeing hollucinations. the doctor put me on seroquel and i have tried to come off them by myself but it goes back to the condition.I have heard some bad stories about this tablet but without it i can not sleep and have put on waight. i eat sensable and also exercise i also have a social worker who i get on well with but i dont tell her everythink. if they told me the side effects about it i would never off took the tablet in the first place they have told me i have a personality disorder aswell please can you help.





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    I was diagnosed with schizophrenia at 21 and I am now 40.I had a very bad episode at the age of 25 and went down to 6 1/2 stone (a size 8 was to big on me), I wouldn't eat because I thought the food was being poisoned. I was put on new medication, and was out of hospital after 7 months. my weight doubled in a year, and the weight just kept piling on and on. I have battled with my weight for years. I now know I will never be my normal size 10 - 12 anymore. I have learnt to live with being big. I have in the past come off my medication and ended up unwell. I now take my medication all the time and my quality of life is a lot better. I find if I get stressed at all I start to get psychotic either by getting paranoid or hearing voices or both. better to take medication than be seriously ill. I have friends who are on Seroquel and it seems to agree with them and they have stayed reasonably well. (all anti-psychotic drugs tend to put weight on). if you are staying healthy on meds please don't stop taking them.

    I recently had a hearing test, they gave me a digital hearing aid, the Tinnitus is really bad that its affecting my ability to get to sleep. Even if I take my hearing aid out an hour before bed to let my brain adjust, it still bad. What can I do?





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    i was born deaf i have same problem what you got it not nice it get all noise everywhere cannot hear someone talking but the problem is making hearingaid cannot match your hearing sound what you use it before your hearing lost so it takes appox between 3 months to a year to get use your hearing that would never be the same so you have to put up with it . there nothing they can do only do there best they can . my dreams is making cell stem work for become hearing . but with me born deaf i dont know what hearing peaple sound like that the problem

    I too suffer from this type of hearing loss, had hearing test but just the tones not the spoken words, this was only a year ago and was told to live with it as there is nothing they can do! where can i get this hearing aid? as it is driving my family crazy having to repeat everything they say or be silent when other people ask me something!





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    my wife is uffering from the same problem and would like to find out where we can go for advice on digital hearing aid

    I am a 30 yr old male.I lost my hearing 10 years ago and the doctors that I have seen have never been able to find out why..I feel completely dissatisfied that nobody will help me as somedays I can hear better than others. I did visit a hearing specialist and he told me I had the hearing loss of a 80 year old man! I have 2 hearing aids but they don't really make a difference but deep down I feel someone out there should be able to help me, It effects my everyday life and my young family I love spending time with my 2 boys but really struggle to hear them!





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    How severe is your hearing loss? If it is severe or profound, a cochlear implant could work better for you than hearing aids. I gradually lost my hearing from when I was 16-18. I had a cochlear implant last year and can hear with it far better than I ever did with a hearing aid. You could also ask for your hearing aids to be adjusted or to try a different type of hearing aid is some people get on better with different ones and also if you have lost hearing since you last had your hearing aid adjusted it might not be at the right levels.

    at the ages of 13-15 to say i was a bit of wild child is an understatement i was off the rails,in the duration of heavy drinkin and smoking of cannabis id blast loud music, i now have rather poor hearing more in my left than right and i keep hearing high pitched noises im only 18 and its very scary and anoyin sometimes as on a few ocasions ive gone to take a nap at my boyfriends and my 17week old daughter has aparently been screaming down stairs and other people who are upstairs and without offence a lot older than me can hear but i cant.please help is there anything to help the loss of hearing and noises i keep hearing





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    HI im 38 and i have been hard of hearing since i was 7 years old i wear a hearing aid in my left ear 4 the last year or so i have experince smelling,itching,red and sore it is right down in the ear i am not sure if the ear mould has anything 2 do with it but if i take hearing aid out of the ear will go hard ihave been doctors twice about the problem i have tryed cream and tablets it does clear up but when i put hearing aid back in it will b ok 4 a few days then it comes back again to cope with the itching i hav`t 2 use a cotton bud which i no i am not ment 2 use but it is the only way i can deal with it. sometimes it keeps awake at night when it itches





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    Does this sound like Paranoid Schizophrenia: For as long as I can remember I have had voices in my head some saying mischievous but harmless things, some dark things. I have anger issues, I get angry very easily which I have an urge to get violent and I get episodes of severe paranoia which I believe everyone is out to get me. I'm getting a HIV test soon and I've been getting worried about it and the Voices and paranoia have almost quadrupled in frequency and intensity plus I've been getting visual hallucinations. I've been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at three but I've heard that Schizophrenia can co-exist with Aspergers. If anyone can give any advice it'll be a great help.





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    Its not schizophrenia if you had schizophrenia it would be constant

    Sometimes Doctors will not have the time orr the right questions for an accurate diagnosis. For example mine is is under the general label of 'psychotic disorder'. The voices may be the result of some psychological problem, Your anger issues could be the stress of the voices etc, mood swings could possibly be similar to Bi-Polar. I would suggest visit your Gp and explain clearly your.symptoms , and ask for a referral to your nearest Mental Healthteamareceive the treatment that can help ease your mind. Persistence may be necessary as, of course it's hard to convince them that the issues may only be in the mpind, but they still feel and seem very real. An alternative / supplementng like psycho -therapy. I did for 2 years

    Sometimes Doctors will not have the time orr the right questions for an accurate diagnosis. For example mine is is under the general label of 'psychotic disorder'. The voices may be the result of some psychological problem, Your anger issues could be the stress of the voices etc, mood swings could possibly be similar to Bi-Polar. I would suggest visit your Gp and explain clearly your.symptoms , and ask for a referral to your nearest Mental Healthteamareceive the treatment that can help ease your mind. Persistence may be necessary as, of course it's hard to convince them that the issues may only be in the mpind, but they still feel and seem very real. An alternative / supplementng like psycho -therapy. I did for 2 years

    Hi, I have the same problem which I have had for just over a year. Been to my doctors several times and they can not explain it. My hearing has deteriorated in my right ear which has resulted in waiting to be fitted for an hearing aid. I have had a hearing test to find out why I have lost my hearing and will get results in November when I next see the ent consultant. For just over a month I have been feeling fine with no symptoms but then on Saturday whilst out shopping it suddenly started again. When I am standing just talking to someone it feels like I'm tilting to one side and a feeling of feeling spaced out or sometimes I feel like the ground is falling away from me. I really hate feeling like this and would really appreciate any advice you can give me.

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