British Tinnitus Association
Our study has today revealed almost two thirds (61 percent) of people living with tinnitus feel isolated, and more than half of those people (58 percent) think a lack of understanding from others about their condition creates those feelings of isolation.
I eventually went to see an ENT specialist at the Royal in Belfast called Dr D'Arcy who was brilliant and immediately recognised the state I was in. He referred me onto a hearing therapist called Mary Mitchell. I think together they went some way to saving my life as I'm not sure what I would have done without their help.
Tinnitus can be distressing and debilitating. It can affect anyone, at any age. But with the right support, treatment and guidance, it can be managed and there is hope. Let's stand together for tinnitus this Tinnitus Awareness Week, and aim for a better understanding.
If so, you really have my sympathy. Tinnitus is a distressing condition for an estimated 10% of the world's population including the UK and 50 million people in the USA. The medical profession have many theories as to the cause, but few concrete answers or effective treatments. More often than not, sufferers are sent away and just told to learn to live with it.
Tinnitus could be cured using a headphone device that ‘switches off’ the sound of ringing, buzzing or hissing in the ear
This week is Tinnitus Awareness Week 2012 and, as ambassador for the British Tinnitus Association, I am bound to tell you that this year our focus is on GPs... there are GPs out there who really need to raise their games when it comes to this condition.