Last week was tinnitus awareness week and we think this is a great time to recognise the huge issue that sufferers of tinnitus have. The BBC have reported this week that Jessica Berg, just 31, from Newport now feels trapped by the constant ringing sound in her ears. Jessica believes that her tinnitus stems from attending loud concerts and is urging people to wear ear plugs at such events.
Unfortunately, it is a relentless condition that can leave you feeling isolated and helpless. Around 1 in 10 people in the UK suffer with tinnitus. It can cause stress, sleep difficulties, anxiety and hearing loss. The condition is often linked with Meniere’s disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and depression. However, it is not known how the condition develops and there is no cure.
Jessica had her diagnosis 3 years ago and says she is trying to concentrate on controlling the depression and anxiety that comes with it. She says that before her diagnosis she would have thought nothing of going and standing next to a speaker at a loud concert. Now though, she would never do this and is a lot more careful. There are various products available that can help in such noisy situations and Jessica definitely recommends them! Ear protection really can be as simple as wearing a pair of ear plugs / defenders and maybe even a more high tech pair of hearables.
There are some lucky people who only experience tinnitus symptoms for a short time after a noisy event or maybe when dealing with a cold / virus. Those who suffer more frequently are affected much more seriously. People often describe feeling as though they are trapped inside their own head with the ringing noise.
Top tips for sufferers
Whilst there is no cure for tinnitus, there are things you can do to help yourself. Here are a few of our top tips:
- Use calming music to distract yourself
- Learn as much as you can about the disability and share your feelings with friends and family
- Use hearing aids if you are also struggling with hearing loss
- Practice mindfulness
If you would like some more advice about dealing with tinnitus, or to discuss booking a tinnitus therapy session, please do get in touch.