Tinnitus Awareness Week

  • What is Tinnitus Awareness Week?
  • How can you get involved with Tinnitus Awareness Week?
  • What is Tinnitus?
  • What are the Risk Factors of Tinnitus?
  • How is Tinnitus Diagnosed?

  • What is Tinnitus Awareness Week?

    This year tinnitus awareness week will be taking place on Monday 5th February 2018- Sunday 11th February 2018 and the purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of the condition, which affects approximately 1 in 10 out of the population of the UK.

    During the campaign its primary focus will be raising awareness and support for those who are living with the condition of tinnitus.

    This campaign is hosted by the British Tinnitus Association. They are the only independent UK charity supporting thousands of people who experience tinnitus and advice medical professionals from across the world. They are the leading and primary source of support and information for people living with tinnitus in the UK, facilitating an improved quality of life.

    They aim to encourage prevention through their educational programme and to seek effective treatment for tinnitus through a medical research programme.

    To find out more about the campaign visit https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/about-tinnitus-week

    How can you get involved with Tinnitus Awareness Week?

    • Follow them on social media Twitter @BritishTinnitus and Facebook at BritishTinnitusAssociation Look out for and spread the word through social media #TinnitusWeek

    • Join the thunderclap to make sure the message is heard loud and proud across social media. The platform allows you to share a single message through Twitter or Facebook simultaneously, flash-mob style. It will be taking place at noon on Friday 9th February 2018 so make sure you’re a part of it and sign up on their website.

    • Postcards and Posters by downloading a Tinnitus Week postcard and snap a selfie or group photo with it to show your support for the week-long event and don’t forget to use #TinnitusWeek. You can even put up a poster to support the campaign and raise awareness for Tinnitus Week in places such as GP surgeries, places of work, libraries, schools, universities, local shops, community centres etc. A4 in size as the more people will see this. You can download the postcards and the posters on the website and just print them off or request for them to be sent to your address.

    • Have a display pack which will include information, posters, postcards and balloons. Display packs are suitable for GP surgeries, hospitals, health centres or places of work where you have space to lay out information for people to collect.

    To find out more information about how to get involved in the campaign visit https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/get-involved

    What is Tinnitus?

    Tinnitus is the term used to describe hearing sounds that comes from inside your body, rather than from an outside source. It is often described as ringing in the ears; several sounds can be heard such as buzzing, humming, grinding, whistling etc. If you continually or regularly hear sounds in your ears such as buzzing, ringing or humming in your ears then go and see your GP.

    What are the Risk Factors of Tinnitus?

    • Age related hearing loss

    • Inner ear damage caused by repeated exposure to loud noises

    • An earwax build up

    • A middle ear infection

    • Otosclerosis- an inherited condition where an abnormal bone growth in the middle ear causes hearing loss.

    How is Tinnitus Diagnosed?

    Your GP will then examine you to see if the problem might be caused by a condition that could easily be treated, such as an ear infection or earwax build up. They can also do simple checks to see if you have any hearing loss.

    The following questions are typical of what your GP may ask you:

    • Does the sound come or go, or is it continuous?

    • Does the problem affect one or both ears?

    • Is the problem having an impact on your everyday life?

    • Have you noticed any other symptoms such as hearing loss or vertigo a spinning sensation?

    If symptoms are severe then your GP may refer you to a specialist.

    To find out more information about the condition visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/tinnitus/