So, despite my mind making me feel like absolute rubbish, I decided to record a 1 min 30 second info piece for Pulse Radio on next week’s Tinnitus Awareness Week. It took me only 5 mins or so to create.
Hi there, my name is Dean, and as it’s tinnitus awareness week, I thought I would share some information with you.
The latest Action on Hearing Loss statistics say that roughly one in ten adults has tinnitus, which increases to twenty five to thirty percent of over seventy year olds. They also state that nearly fifty percent of the UK population have experienced tinnitus at some point.
So, what is tinnitus? Well it’s a sound that you can hear that has no source. It could be one sound or even multiple sounds – whether it be ringing, a buzzing, a whoosh or even a hum.
There is no cure for it, there are only mechanisms that you can use to help manage it – from teaching your brain how to tune it out or even sound therapy that will mask the tinnitus with other sounds. Whilst tinnitus may come and go, the actual issue lays with a problem within your hearing pathways. This is why it’s important to look after your ears and be mindful of the volume around you or of your headphones. You won’t fully appreciate your hearing until something starts to go wrong and you start losing it.
If you would like further information on Tinnitus, and the work that the charity Action on Hearing Loss do, then check out their website at www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk, or call their Tinnitus Information Line on 0808 808 66 66
If you want to see where the nearest tinnitus support group meets, check out the British Tinnitus Association’s website at www.tinnitus.org.uk