Tinnitus group gets gold standard
A tinnitus support group which meets at Airedale Hospital has become one of the first groups in the country to be awarded the Gold Standard for tinnitus support groups by the British Tinnitus Association (BTA).
The group, led by senior audiologist at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Katie Davenport, enables people with tinnitus to meet others with the condition, share useful tips on coping methods and find out what help is available.
Colette Bunker, BTA Volunteer and Support Group Manager said: “A group has to meet a number of criteria to be considered a BTA Gold Standard group. These criteria are designed to ensure groups are working hard to be inclusive, encouraging peer-to-peer interaction and are providing people with accurate and up-to-date information in a safe and friendly environment.”
Group leader Katie Davenport said: “We have applied for the Gold Standard as we are very proud of our group. We have been running our group for over five years and we get a lot of positive feedback from our group members who feel that our group gives them a lot of support and new information.”
Colette commented: “We know that support groups can really help a person lead the best life they can, and Katie and the volunteers in Keighley are dedicated to helping people overcome the distress tinnitus can cause, and we are delighted to be able to recognise their hard work.”
The group meets in the Education Centre at Airedale Hospital and each session provides information and research updates and includes speakers. The aim of the group is to provide further education on topics relating to tinnitus. It aims to help patients develop new coping skills and increased confidence through support and information from others who have tinnitus.
The next meeting is on Thursday 3 October from 3pm to 4.30pm.