The hearing loss charity, Signal, are excited to announce they have been awarded a £10,000 grant from Awards for All for their tinnitus support groups and drop-in sessions. This grant will enable Signal to expand their offering of tinnitus support to a total of 32 sessions across Wellington, Telford and Shrewsbury in 2019.
Tinnitus is described by the British Tinnitus Association as “…the sensation of hearing noises in your ear or head where there is no external cause.” The noise can be described as a buzzing, hissing, ringing, whooshing or even a musical sound. This can be continuous or intermittent, and affects thirty percent of the population at some point during their lifetime. For around 1 in 10 people, the tinnitus is persistent and can have a significant impact on the individual’s work, relationships, health and overall quality of life.
The exact cause of tinnitus is difficult to pinpoint, however it is often related to hearing loss, exposure to loud noises, stress, recurrent ear infections, ear wax and even falls.
What are Signal offering?
Signal are offering a range of services to support those with tinnitus. Their monthly drop-in sessions in Wellington and Shrewsbury will allow people to come and chat to a British Tinnitus Association trained volunteer or staff member in order to get information, advice and support. To add to this, their quarterly support groups in Telford and Shrewsbury will include talks from guest speakers that will provide insight and information that may help people to deal more positively with their tinnitus. Previous speakers have included NHS Audiology, a sleep therapist and a yoga instructor.
Sarah Thomas, Volunteer & Peer Support Coordinator at Signal, has this year taken on the everyday running of Signal’s tinnitus project, and is excited about the development.
“Tinnitus can be a very debilitating condition that can leave individuals feeling unable to cope with day-to-day life, and in extreme cases even becoming suicidal. We are very excited to have been awarded this grant as it will enable us to support more individuals with tinnitus across the county to find techniques to help manage their condition, as well as to meet likeminded people to talk about their experiences with.”
“Feedback from Signal’s previous tinnitus support groups has always been overwhelmingly positive,” says Sarah, “with attendees telling us that they feel that our meetings offer them a ‘strategy for everything’.”
Signal’s hold drop-in session monthly at the University Centre Shrewsbury from 10am until 12pm and in Wellington Library from 2.30pm until 4pm. Signal’s dedicated volunteer, Fiona Checkley, or a dedicated member of staff will be available to talk to for tinnitus information, advice and support. The session is free of charge and all are welcome to drop-in at any time throughout the session.
Signal will also hold a quarterly support group at University Centre Shrewsbury, and another at Meeting Point House in Telford. These sessions are £3 and offer a guest speaker, along with light refreshments. Further information of our dates for the drop-in and support group sessions can be found on our Tinnitus Support page.
For any more information on our tinnitus support groups and drop-in sessions, please contact Sarah on 01743 358 356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.