Tinnitus Support Group

The word ‘tinnitus’ comes from the Latin word for ‘ringing’ and is the perception of sound in the absence of any corresponding external sound. This sound may be heard in one ear, both ears, in the middle of the head, or its location may be difficult to pinpoint. It is often described as a ringing, hissing, buzzing or whooshing noise. However, merely defining the sound does not fully describe the impact that Tinnitus can have on a person’s life.

Despite stigma associating the condition with the elderly, experiences of Tinnitus are very common in all age groups and walks of life, with many young people experiencing the condition due to exposure to loud music. Whilst the precise cause is still not fully understood, the condition can be linked to and correlated with hearing loss, stress and anxiety, ear infections, balance disorders, and exposure to loud noises.

Approximately 5% of the adult population in the UK experience persistent or troublesome tinnitus.

There are a number of ways in which troublesome tinnitus can be managed to help reduce its presence and to avoid or reduce other unwelcome effects such as anxiety, tension or disturbed sleep. Doing something to manage tinnitus better can help avoid a vicious circle of increased anxiety or frustration which otherwise can lead to greater tinnitus.

The Tinnitus Support Group exists to provide a greater understanding of tinnitus and its effect on those who experience tinnitus. We have both formal and informal discussions and talks relating to tinnitus and associated problems. External speakers are invited to contribute in the formal meetings and share their knowledge on advances in the field of tinnitus treatment and research.

The TSG aspires to ensure all service users:

▪ Feel emotionally and practically supported with issues surrounding their Tinnitus.

▪ Are informed of the most recent developments in the field and how these can help improve their quality of life.

▪ Are able to implement coping strategies to enable them to live a fully independent life alongside their Tinnitus.

▪ Remain informed of the therapies and equipment available to help them with their condition.

▪ Feel they are part of a social network of people supporting them with their difficulties and empowering them to feel that they are able to support others in turn.

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