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Tinnitus awareness week

Tinnitus awareness week

Every year the British Tinnitus Association has an awareness week that focuses on getting support and information out to people with tinnitus, their friends and families too. Each year, our Hearing and Balance service get involved by organising information stands at both Stoke and County and more recently using the UHNM social media sites to inform the public.

This year the pandemic has ensured that most of this information will be distributed by media platform. We hope to send out a post each day on the UHNM facebook and twitter pages guiding interested parties to the BTA website for more information . As a department, our goal this year will be to get a number of short videos on our website looking at the different ways tinnitus presents, how we can reassure you, methods of management, improving understanding and outcomes and ultimately living successfully with tinnitus.

Look out for these daily posts.

Have you recently become aware of noises in your ear(s) or head, or know anyone who has mentioned this lately? A negative start to your tinnitus journey can have a serious impact on how you manage your tinnitus and your mental health. From being told to just learn to live with it by a medical professional to reading incorrect and potentially harmful information online.

During #Tinnitusweek visit the BTA website for more information and don’t keep this to yourself in the belief little can be done. Contact your GP for further advice and reassurance.

Since the start of this pandemic, most people who have been previously managing their tinnitus well, have struggled. Social restrictions and closures of gyms have meant that options for management have disappeared.  The ability to escape the effects of tinnitus is harder when we must stay at home and minimise social contact.

During #tinnitus week, visit the BTA website for advice on managing tinnitus during these stressful times, including tips on how to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Does your tinnitus cause sleep delay or disruption?  When we go to bed we often sleep in a quiet environment and hope that our thoughts and worries for the day will ease while we drift. Quiet environments can make the tinnitus more prominent causing our brains to focus on the one dominant sound. And our thoughts are often harder to ignore if our stress levels are elevated.

During #tinnitus week visit the BTA site for information on better sleep. There is advice on sleep routines and hygiene, devices that play soft distracting sounds and tips on managing stressful thoughts at night.

Statistically, most people with tinnitus will have some changes to their hearing levels. This may be sudden due to accident or injury; it may be gradual due to medical problems such as ear infections. Or it could be from noise exposure either sudden or cumulative. Not everyone’s tinnitus is linked to hearing loss, but it can be helpful to get this checked out.  Hearing aids may be the last thing on your mind, but they are a very effective way of masking tinnitus if appropriate to use.

During #tinnitus week, head to the BTA website for information on how hearing aids might help. And if you are concerned about your hearing, see your GP who should be able to refer you on for a hearing assessment.

What has been your experience of tinnitus? There are many different causes, different noises and because we are all different people, the experience of it is unique to you.  If you feel that you didn’t get the help or advice you should have, it’s not too late to request that help via your GP.  Hearing and Balance services have audiologists trained and experienced in the management of tinnitus and a Hearing Therapist  offering  tinnitus management and advice.

During #tinnitus week, head to the BTA website to see what other peoples experiences of tinnitus are #this is my silence and add your own voice to the cause.