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The Sound Doctor Library includes over 280 films covering 6 conditions so far and is constantly growing to support our members. For an example of what to expect, check out any of the sample introductory films below. You can also view our full chapter listings for each conditions by clicking the 'Explore the chapters' buttons. We aim to keep these as up-to date as possible. If there is something in particular you are looking for feel free to get in touch.

We hope that after using The Sound Doctor you'll feel much more confident and better equipped to deal with your condition and get the most out of life.

Conditions

Heart Failure

Overview

What is heart failure?

Is it serious?

Why have I got heart failure?

How is heart failure diagnosed?

How will I feel when I’m diagnosed?

Now you’ve been diagnosed

Who’s going to be treating me?

Symptoms

What are the symptoms of heart failure?

Feeling short of breath

Swelling

Tiredness and fatigue

Monitoring your health

Symptom checker

Gadgets that may make life easier

Where can I turn for help?

Treatments and prevention

Medicines for heart failure

Diuretics

ACE Inhibitors and ARBs

Beta blockers

MRAs and other medicines

How to get the most from your medicines

Cardiac rehabilitation (overview)

Cardiac rehabilitation (exercise)

Cardiac rehabilitation (education)

Devices

Living with heart failure

What can I do to help myself?

Diet

Will I have to give up work?

Can I still go on holiday?

Can I continue driving?

Relationships and sex

How can heart failure affect my mood?

Coping with stress and anxiety

Breathing and relaxation techniques

Managing depression

Keeping active

Simple exercises you can do at home

More exercises you can do at home

Patient stories

Niall’s story

Paula’s story

Mary’s story

COPD

COPD
Introductory section

Getting started

  • What is COPD?
  • How can COPD affect my life?
  • Smoking and COPD
  • Exacerbations
  • You and your medicines
  • Getting the best out of your inhalers
  • Breathing techniques
  • Finding out more
  • Detailed journey

Section 2

  • Getting started
  • What is COPD?
  • Why have I got COPD?
  • How can COPD affect me?
  • Discovering you have COPD
  • How can COPD affect my mood?
  • Why do I feel breathless?
  • Coping with breathlessness
  • You and your medicines
  • Living with inhalers
  • Getting it right (inhaler technique)
  • Where can I find out more?
  • How your healthcare team works
  • Getting the best out of your GP
  • Getting the best out of yourself
  • Staying positive
  • You're not alone!

Section 3

  • How can self-management help me?
  • Smoking and COPD
  • Why it's hard to quit
  • Tools to help you quit
  • Air pollution and COPD
  • Cold weather and COPD
  • Hot weather and COPD
  • What is an exacerbation?
  • What can I do if I have an exacerbation?
  • Clearing your chest
  • Some devices that may help
  • Can I avoid having exacerbations?
  • Breathing control
  • Breathing techniques that may help
  • Why do medicines matter?
  • Medicines you may come across
  • Keeping active
  • Keeping an eye on your weight
  • Looking after yourself
  • Staying positive
  • You're not alone!

Section 4

  • What are my inhalers for?
  • Getting the best out of your inhalers
  • The metered dose inhaler
  • The Easi-Breathe inhaler
  • The Accuhaler
  • The Turbohaler
  • Steroids
  • Antibiotics
  • Oxygen
  • How to use your nebuliser
  • What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
  • How can Pulmonary Rehabilitation help?
  • Why do I feel anxious?
  • Spotting the signs of depression
  • Coping with anxiety and depression
  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy
  • Quitting smoking – help and support

Diabetes

Diabetes

Introductory section

  • Getting started
  • What is diabetes?
  • How can diabetes affect me?
  • Eating well
  • Keeping active
  • You and your medicines
  • Blood glucose control
  • Know your numbers
  • Finding out more

Detailed Journey
Section 2

  • The benefits of self-management
  • What is Type 1 diabetes?
  • What is type 2 diabetes?
  • What are the symptoms of diabetes?
  • Why have I got diabetes?
  • Discovering you have diabetes
  • Is diabetes serious?
  • Can I prevent the complications?
  • Finding out more
  • Structured education
  • Why exercise matters
  • You and your medicines
  • You and your healthcare team
  • Your care plan
  • Getting the best out of your GP
  • Getting the best out of yourself
  • What is good control?
  • Know your numbers
  • Staying positive
  • You're not alone!

Section 3

  • Why weight matters
  • Watching your weight
  • The shocking truth about gaining weight
  • What's a good diet for diabetes?
  • What's a balanced diet?
  • Making changes to your diet
  • What you need to know about carbohydrates
  • What you need to know about fat
  • What you need to know about fruit and vegetables
  • What you need to know about protein
  • What you need to know about salt
  • Becoming more active
  • Finding the right activity
  • Blood Glucose Monitoring – an introduction
  • Blood Glucose Monitoring – when to test
  • Blood Glucose Monitoring – using the results
  • HbA1c
  • Cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Your annual review
  • Staying positive
  • You're not alone!

Section 4

  • How can diabetes affect my mood?
  • Coping with depression
  • How can diabetes affect my eyes?
  • Looking after your eyes
  • How can diabetes affect my feet?
  • Looking after your feet
  • What foot care can I expect?
  • The complications of diabetes
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Moving on to medicines
  • Taking your medicines correctly
  • A brief guide to medicines – Metformin
  • A brief guide to medicines – Sulphonylureas
  • A brief guide to medicines – Glitazones
  • A brief guide to medicines – Gliptins
  • Moving on to insulin
  • How insulin works
  • A brief guide to insulin

Dementia

  • Understanding Dementia
  • What is dementia?
  • Different types of dementia
  • The progression of dementia
  • Can I reduce the risk?
  • The symptoms of dementia
  • Early symptoms of dementia
  • Memory loss
  • Communication problems
  • Incontinence
  • Other symptoms of dementia
  • Discovering you have dementia
  • Taking the first step
  • Diagnosing dementia
  • Discovering you have dementia
  • The benefits of diagnosis
  • Planning Ahead
  • Now you've been diagnosed
  • Where can I turn to for help?
  • Getting your finances in order
  • Benefits and allowances
  • Powers of attorney
  • Driving with dementia
  • Caring for someone with dementia
  • Becoming a carer
  • Looking after yourself as a carer
  • How Barbara coped
  • Understanding the person
  • Communicating
  • Coping with unusual behaviours
  • Living well with dementia
  • Living well with dementia
  • Coping with memory loss
  • Keeping active
  • Don't hide away
  • Keeping your independence
  • Making your home dementia friendly
  • Thinking about residential care
  • Choosing a care home
  • Medicines that may help

Back Pain

Back Pain

Understanding Back Pain

  • What is back pain?
  • Why have I got back pain?
  • Different types of pain
  • Chronic pain
  • How can back pain affect me?

Coping with Back Pain

  • What should I do when my back hurts
  • Medicines that may help
  • Will I need surgery?
  • Keeping active
  • Looking after your back
  • How to sit at your desk

Therapies that may help

  • A guide to physiotherapy
  • A guide to osteopathy
  • A guide to chiropractic

Case Studies

  • Emily's story
  • Bridget's story
  • Johnny's story
  • Tony's story

Exercises

  • Knee raises
  • Lower back stretch
  • Posture improvement
  • Ab strengthening

Weight Loss Surgery

Thinking about Surgery

  • Who's it for?
  • Am I suitable?
  • Can I avoid surgery?
  • Potential benefits of surgery
  • Potential risks of surgery
  • Does it work?

Before having surgery

  • What's my role?
  • Being assessed for surgery
  • Preparing for surgery

Three types of surgery

  • Gastric band surgery
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Sleeve gastrectomy

Life after surgery

  • Recovering from surgery
  • What can I eat?
  • When the going gets tough

Making the final decision

  • Are you sure?