Help to cope with tinnitus
Katie Davenport and Wendy Layard
People who suffer from tinnitus can find out how to get help at a special awareness event being hosted by the audiology team at Airedale Hospital.
The event is taking place from 2.00pm until 4.30pm on Wednesday 7 February, in the lecture theatre at the hospital. This coincides with Tinnitus Week (5-11 February) run by the British Tinnitus Association.
Tinnitus occurs 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. Some sufferers also have other issues such as stress, depression or chronic pain.
As part of the event, audiologists Katie Davenport and Wendy Layard will be talking about how they support people with tinnitus. There will be the opportunity to ask questions to a panel, and members of the audiology team will be on hand to give out information and to talk to patients about the hospital’s tinnitus clinic.
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 can 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.”
People interested in attending the tinnitus awareness event should contact the audiology department on 01535 293 646 to book a place. Places are free but do need to be booked in advance as a ticket will be needed to attend.
Click here for the agenda of the event