Tinnitus Awareness Week

Tinnitus Week

Tinnitus Awareness Week starts on Monday and this year’s theme is Tinnitus and Isolation.

Organised by the British Tinnitus Association, an independent charity, it takes place each year. Among the BTA’s aims are encouraging prevention and seeking effective treatment through a medical research programme.

The charity’s Emily Broomhead says that many callers to its helpline talk about how alone they feel when they suffer from tinnitus.

Less isolated

She added: “We’ll be trying as hard as possible to reach even more people in new ways, in the hope of helping them feel less isolated.”

Four of the charity’s services – helpline, podcast, social tips and support groups – will be spotlighted during the week.

Full details about this are on the charity’s website where there are also features, information and advice about the condition.

Hearing loss

There are different types of tinnitus and it can vary in severity. It’s estimated that about 30% of people will experience tinnitus and it is more common in people with a hearing loss.

We have launched a service offering advice, counselling and treatment for patients suffering from tinnitus and sound sensitivity.

Range of approaches

It will offer a range of approaches, including cognitive behavioural therapy, relaxation therapy and mindfulness, as well as treatment options. These can include hearing aids with special tinnitus programmes and sound generators which can help to relieve the most distressing symptoms.

Our audiologist Fiona Idriss, who trained with the British Tinnitus Association, offers this service. Find out more.