Tinnitus Support

Signal Tinnitus Support Group - Shrewsbury

Support groups allow people living with tinnitus to come together and develop support networks. Here they can not only exchange their stories and share their anxieties and worries, but also talk about their own coping strategies and ways in which they learn to live well with their tinnitus. A problem shared is a problem halved, so they say, and meeting up with people who understand the problem is vital.

Signal has joined forces with The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust’s Audiology department to launch the Shropshire Tinnitus Support Group, meeting in Shrewsbury and in Telford. We also offer regular drop in support and information sessions in both locations.

For dates and times please see the Tinnitus Drop-ins & Support Groups section below.

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a condition where sounds are heard inside a person’s head where no external source is present. These sounds can take on many different forms: some people experience a ringing, others a whistling a rushing or a banging sound. Some even report hearing music playing.

One in ten people experiences tinnitus of some kind. For many people it is mild and may even not be noticeable except in quiet environments. However, for about 5% of the population tinnitus can be extremely distracting and make it difficult to lead a normal life, to work and to enjoy the company of others.

Hyperacusis is a rarer condition, but often associated with tinnitus. With hyperacusis, sounds become amplified dramatically – something as simple as the sound of a teaspoon being dropped into a cup can be extremely painful and distressing to someone with the condition.

What can be done?

Although there is no known cure, there are a number of ways of managing the conditions. The sound of tinnitus can be masked by white noise machines, CDs playing music, or simply the radio. Other methods focus on changing the emotional reaction to the noise that is heard, and relaxation therapy, cognitive type therapy and mindfulness medicine have been shown to help.

Learning about tinnitus and understanding what is happening can also reduce the stress and anxiety that can make the condition worse. Of course, support groups also play a big role in helping people cope.

Where can I get help with tinnitus?

Please join us at one of our support groups or pop in to see us at our information and support drop-in’s

Photo of tinnitus support group meeting in Shropshire

It is always advisable to speak to your doctor if you feel that you may have tinnitus. The doctor can refer you to specialist services. In Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin the Audiology department has some excellent hearing therapists who can advise and support you. They also have some demonstration equipment that they can let you try out to see if it can help. This is another Signal project, which you can read more about here. The British Tinnitus Association has some great information which you can access on its website.

Of course, for the human touch you can come to the support group meetings – all welcome!

 

Tinnitus Drop-ins & Support Groups

Meetings in Shrewsbury


Drop-in sessions are held at The University Centre, The Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, SY3 8HQ. These will be monthly drop-in sessions led by Fiona Checkley.

Next session:  Wednesday 3 April 10am-12noon

Future sessions:

Wednesday 1 May

Wednesday 5 June

Wednesday 3 July

Wednesday 7 August

Wednesday 4 September

Wednesday 2 October

Wednesday 6 November

Wednesday 4 December

Free of charge

 

Our Shrewsbury Support Groups will also be held at The University Centre, The Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, SY3 8HQ.

Next session:  Thursday 28 March from 10am until 12noon.

Future sessions: 

Thursday 27 June

Thursday 26 September

Thursday 28 November

These sessions are £3, including a hot drink.

 

Meetings in Telford


Drop-in sessions are held at Wellington Library, Wellington Civic and Leisure Centre, Larkin Way, Wellington, Telford, TF1 1LX. These will be monthly drop-in sessions led by Fiona Checkley or Sarah Thomas.

Next session: Wednesday 3 April 2.30pm-4pm

Future sessions: 

Wednesday 1 May

Wednesday 5 June

Wednesday 3 July

Wednesday 7 August

Wednesday 4 September

Wednesday 2 October

Wednesday 6 November

Wednesday 4 December

Free of charge

 

Our Telford Support Groups will also be held at the new venue of Meeting Point House, Southwater Square, Telford TF3 4HS.

Next session:  Friday 29 March from 10am until 12noon.

Future sessions: 

Friday 28 June

Friday 27 September

Friday 29 November

These sessions are £3, including a hot drink.

 

Find out how you can get involved