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Reaching out in Tinnitus Week

Post on 4th February 2019

‘You’re not alone’ is the message for Tinnitus Week (4-10 February) to help those with the condition feel less isolated.

There is no cure for tinnitus, which affects one in ten adults, and is often described as buzzing or ringing in the ears. The British Tinnitus Association, which offers advice and support, organises the week to raise awareness and is keen to reach more people with tinnitus to let them know they are not alone.

Tinnitus can strike at any age, even in childhood, and to varying degrees. Although more common in those who have hearing loss or other ear problems, it also affects those with normal hearing. There may be no cure, but the good news is that there are effective ways to manage it.

The exact causes are not known but it is generally agreed that tinnitus results from some type of change, either mental or physical, not necessarily related to hearing.

What is known is that frequent, prolonged exposure to loud noise increases the risk of getting tinnitus, or of making it worse. It makes sense then for all of us to take care to avoid very loud sounds, or protect our ears against them.

Always use proper ear protectors when hammering metal, using power tools or working near any noisy motors, for example. Take care when watching live music or if you play in a band or orchestra. And however tempting, don’t turn up the volume to maximum on your portable music devices.

Looking after your hearing is worth it because damage caused cannot be undone.

For more information visit the British Tinnitus Association’s website at