We are helping to raise awareness of tinnitus, by supporting Tinnitus Awareness Week which is taking place next Monday 5th February - Sunday 11th February.
During the week across the world, local events, tinnitus information days, media interviews, science communication activities and much more will be raising awareness throughout the public.
So what is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is most commonly described as a "ringing or buzzing" in the ear/s when no external sound is present.
The condition currently affects approximately 1 in 10 of the population. The sound may be soft or loud, low pitched or high pitched, known to cause in some cases depression, anxiety and interfere with concentration. With tinnitus leading to other health issues, all the more reason to make people aware, if you can avoid loud noise, please do so. However, it is sometimes unavoidable due to an ear infection, ear wax build-up, emotional stress and many other factors. Ear Wax Removal and a regular Hearing Test may be advised by your doctor to keep a check on your hearing health.
For more tinnitus information, the British Tinnitus Association discuss it further on their website, who have been encouraging organisations, from around the world, who deal with tinnitus and other hearing-related issues to help raise awareness of peoples suffering. They have an extra focus this year on "supporting children with tinnitus" and young people alike. Their worldwide campaign will engage with children, parents and schools to raise awareness of tinnitus and drive the use of relevant support and resources:
You may think that tinnitus is often caused by exposure to loud noise, however not considered by doctors as the only cause. Other causes considered are grinding the teeth at night, taking certain medications like aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory drugs etc.
The 72-year-old guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Eric Clapton recently admitted that he’s struggling with tinnitus, caused by noise-induced hearing loss, combined with ongoing nerve damage, and stated how live concerts have now become a challenge. Clapton is not alone in his suffering and far from the only rock hero afflicted with tinnitus!
Read more via this article:
Eric Clapton Reveals He's Losing His Hearing, Suffering from Tinnitus
During an interview with BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright on Tuesday, Eric Clapton admitted that he's struggling with tinnitus, a ringing in the ear commonly caused by noise-induced hearing loss
The only known tinnitus relief is tinnitus sound therapy. Sound therapy may train the brain to ignore tinnitus, new research has determined wearing a sound-emitting device during sleep may help the brain to ignore the ringing.
People who participated in a three-month experiment found sleeping with an in-ear device felt more relieved than patients who used bedside noise machines for sound therapy.
Please take the time to research tinnitus further and spread your knowledge among friends and family. Post out on your social media pages next week to encourage people to support and help with any recommended advise and the best courses of action to take. Seek medical assistance if you feel these symptoms are familiar to receive the best relief for you as an individual.
- Nathan Gluck Hearing Care -