Tinnitus Awareness Week 2016 – 8th – 14th February

Tinnitus Awareness Week 2016 – 8th – 14th February

This week the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) is holding its annual Tinnitus awareness week with the goal of raising as much awareness about the condition as possible. Tinnitus is a condition that affects millions of people in the UK and causes a constant ringing, buzzing or humming sound in the ear which can become incredibly stressful for the sufferer. The condition also makes it difficult to hear properly and on many occasions makes sleeping extremely difficult.

According to figures, 4.7 million people have been diagnosed with tinnitus [1] and it can also affect the people around them who can struggle to communicate because of the condition. There is no official cure for tinnitus although there are mild remedies such as white noise generators and “tinnitus pillows” that can mask the sound to allow a person to sleep or relax in a bit more comfort. A cure seems a way off at the moment which is why it is important to raise awareness and support the British Tinnitus Association during tinnitus awareness.

On many occasions tinnitus is just a natural and unfortunate disease that many people tend to get later in life. It can however affect anyone of any age and is more likely to occur in people who have been exposed to noisy environments either through their occupation or through their leisure time. These people can reduce the risk of contracting tinnitus by using adequate hearing protection when in noisy environments however this may not eradicate the risk completely.

This week the British Tinnitus Association is holding events up and down the country including local drop in sessions at hospitals for people suffering with the condition. Tea and cake mornings are also being held and there are even specialist sessions for musicians to have custom made ear plugs fitted to reduce their risk of noise exposure. To find out about the events near you, you can find a full list on the BTA website here. [2]

They are also providing signage and posters for people to hold their own event in their community. These resources can be also be found their website here. [3]

Roberts Jackson Solicitors will be on hand throughout the week providing legal advice for people affected by tinnitus through their work. If you suffer from tinnitus or know someone who is and would like some advice please do not hesitate to get in touch using our free phone number 0800 001 4496 or fill in our contact form on the right hand side of this page and we will call you straight back.

[1] Many fail to recognise tinnitus http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6369391.stm