Help spread the word this year of Tinnitus Awareness Week (TAW) 2017, taking place across the UK 6th - 12th February.
The annual event is focused around the campaign theme "Together for Tinnitus" this year, with activities designed to generate discussion and further awareness about tinnitus, and the research and work carried out by professionals, such as the British Tinnitus Association, to help treat the condition.
So what is tinnitus...?
The word 'tinnitus' comes from the Latin word for 'ringing' and is the perception of sound in the absence of any corresponding external sound. It is not a disease or illness; it is a symptom generated within the auditory system.
If you've ever suffered from tinnitus, you'll know how exhausting it can be! The main tinnitus symptoms are various loud noises, every individual may hear the noises slightly differently, the most common mild symptoms described are ears ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking, and hissing. More serious conditions can escalate to hearing loss and vertigo.
Suspected tinnitus causes...
There are many common causes, essentially the hairs inside the ear cochlea have been damaged in some way. This can be due to the use of earplugs, earphones, an affect of infections, a result of stress or anxiety, standing or sitting by loud speakers at festival or club environments and more.
The best course of action to take, is to see your GP. Your GP will be able to refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist and the appropriate Audiology services.
Help raise awareness about the condition and the treatment or self-management options available, to support others who are experiencing this often distressing condition, with the most up-to-date information. People suffering with tinnitus can seek diagnosis, by reading facts and ideas for things to do to manage tinnitus. Displays are great to gain attention, perhaps show support at events near you, by volunteering your time to man a stand (make it noticeable) and distribute leaflets to provide information to others.
Create awareness today as a member of the public, in the run up to TAW, by actioning some of the following suggestions:
- Use social media to share and use the hashtag #TAW2017
- Request or download (www.tinnitus.org.uk) a ‘Together for Tinnitus’ postcard and show your support with a selfie on social media during Tinnitus Awareness Week
- Download a ‘Twibbon’ and use it as your social media profile images
- Inform your GP that the new Tinnitus Guidelines are available
- Record a video and share via social media about your experience of tinnitus, or your knowledge of how to manage it
- Join in The British Tinnitus Association's Thunderclap on Friday 10 February - "We are standing together for tinnitus #TAW2017", sign up via Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr and help make a big social media noise during TAW2017
- Support the British Tinnitus Association by donating, to raise half a million pounds each year to continue their UK wide support.
We tell as many people as we can about what tinnitus is and how they can manage it. Action on Hearing Loss is the new name for RNID.
Reach further, by promoting new online resources for people newly diagnosed with tinnitus at Take on Tinnitus (link below).
The resources are designed to give facts and ideas of ways to manage tinnitus and are an ideal resource for GPs to suggest to new tinnitus patients.
They provide the most up-to-date information on how people suffering with tinnitus can best be helped from diagnosis through to self-help management of the condition and how to avoid it.
As healthcare professionals, we fully support raising awareness of tinnitus and are happy to offer any hearing advise you require. We are not a GP, however our audiology services enable us to work closely with Ear Nose and Throat Consultants and local GPs, find out more about us today.
If you want to learn more about tinnitus and raise awareness further follow the suggested actions above. If you suspect you are suffering from tinnitus yourself, or a form of hearing loss, please do not hesitate to book an appointment with us to ensure you receive the right care.
- Nathan Gluck Hearing Care -
Committed to improving hearing health