Each year the British Tinnitus Association host Tinnitus Awareness Week. The BTA are an independent charity who provide the latest information and support to those who suffer from tinnitus along with healthcare professionals.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is a condition where people hear sounds inside their head, or ears, where there is no external sound source.
Around 10% of the UK population are known to suffer from tinnitus and research has shown that in many cases it is also linked to hearing loss.
How can tinnitus affect a person?
The type of sound that people hear can vary significantly. It can be one sound or a combination of sounds such as ringing in the ear, buzzing, rushing and whistling. The condition is most common for those that are deaf or hard of hearing. There is also a small proportion of people with no hearing loss that also experience the sounds.
The Hidden Condition
Tinnitus is a condition that is hidden to those other than the person that is experiencing it. For this reason people without tinnitus often struggle to understand the impact it can have on a persons life. This could be difficulty sleeping, being able to concentrate or just being able to enjoy everyday activities.
The theme for this years Tinnitus Awareness Week is #ThisIsMySilence. To get involved they are asking you to support the campaign by explaining your tinnitus, or that of a loved one, by taking part in their social media campaign. To take part you simply need to take a photo and in your own words explain your tinnitus via social media. By using the #ThisIsMySilence and #TinnitusWeek they can be shared/retweeted to as many people as possible.
There are a number of events being run by the British Tinnitus Association during the week from Monday 1st February. These include webinars on the latest and future research as well as hearing from tinnitus sufferers and their journey. You can view the available events and book your space here.
If you have any questions about tinnitus or your hearing we are always available to help and advise. Just call us on 01522 275060 or enquire here