19th January 2015 – Help to cope with tinnitus

Posted on January 20, 2015 by AireAdmin

Find out how to get help if you suffer from tinnitus during a special awareness event being hosted by the audiology team at Airedale Hospital.

A senior audiologist is giving a talk in the lecture theatre at the hospital on Thursday 5 February from 1.30 pm until 2.30 pm and members of the audiology team will be on hand for an hour afterwards to talk to patients about the hospital’s tinnitus clinics, answer questions and give out information.  People interested in attending the event, should contact the audiology department reception on 01535 293646 to book a place for the presentation.  Places are free but do need to be booked in advance as a ticket will be needed to attend.

The presentation coincides with Tinnitus Awareness Week (2-8 February) run by the British Tinnitus Association.Last year, Airedale audiologists held a drop in session in the audiology department to help raise awareness of the condition and let people what services were available to them.

Katie Davenport, a senior audiologist, at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said: “Providing patients with information and support about tinnitus can really make a difference to peoples’ lives and we try to help them live and cope with their tinnitus and dispel any negative associations”.

“It must be very difficult to cope with never being able to enjoy silence and the worst time is usually at night when there is a lack of other noise.  We help and support people to adjust by using education, reassurance, relaxation, counselling and sound therapy/enrichment.

Tinnitus is when people can hear a noise in their head, one or both ears – but there is no external cause.  The type of noise varies, it may be continuous or come and go, it can be low or high pitched, for some people it’s a ‘whooshing noise, ringing, buzzing or very occasionally it can be a particular song’.

Around 10 per cent of the population experience tinnitus and it affects all age groups. It is believed to be a neurological condition and there are many different triggers – it could be as a result of a head injury, hearing loss, exposure to loud noise, stress and anxiety, ear infections, medication, a viral infection or there could be no apparent reason for someone to develop it. Somesufferers also have other issues such as stress, depression or chronic pain.

The clinics at Airedale can provide help with loss of hearing, sound therapy, relaxation and referral to a specialist ear, nose and throat consultant if necessary.

The British Tinnitus Association, a registered charity which carries out research and raises awareness of the condition, runs a helpline on 0800 018 0527 and more information is available on www.tinnitus.org.uk