Tinnitus Awareness Week

Tinnitus Awareness Week: Telford support group launches

Signal, in partnership with the Audiology department at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, is launching the Telford tinnitus support group on 4 February. This coincides with Tinnitus Awareness Week 2014, which puts the spotlight on the experiences of people living with the hearing condition nationally.

Tinnitus Awareness Week

One in ten people in the UK experiences some degree of tinnitus, the condition where you hear noises, such as, whistling, buzzing, murmuring or rumbling, from inside your body rather than from an outside source. The condition can impact upon everyday life, affecting concentration or causing sleeping problems or depression.

Mutual support groups aim to alleviate this impact and help people to live well with the condition for which, in most cases, there is no known cure. The Telford tinnitus support group will get underway at 10am-12noon on Tuesday 4 February at the Education Centre, Princess Royal Hospital, Grainger Drive, Telford, TF1 6TF.

Participants will be able to speak to professionals from the Audiology department and will also have access to information from the British Tinnitus Association. People living with tinnitus, or the rarer condition hyperacusis, are warmly invited to join the support group to share their own experiences and find out more about different ways of managing the conditions.

Shrewsbury tinnitus support group

Signal and The SaTH NHS Trust’s Audiology department will facilitate the second meeting of the Shrewsbury tinnitus support group at 10am-12noon on Wednesday 12 February at The Lantern Community Building, Meadow Farm Drive, Harlescott, Shrewsbury, SY1 4NG. The participants will have the opportunity to shape the group’s agenda and development.

“It is comforting to know that it is not just me.”
“It is good to know that there are many people with this problem and that help is at hand.”
“I feel like I was being supported and someone was there.”
– Shrewsbury tinnitus support group participants 

The first meeting of the Shrewsbury support group in November enjoyed a strong turnout. Around 40 people attended and extra chairs, tea and biscuits had to be drafted in!

Participants commented that the support group helps them by: “Removing isolation,” “Sharing problems,” “Finding out how many other people have the same problems,” Learning about different types of tinnitus and others’ experiences,” “Bringing different ideas to help each other in the situations that tinnitus causes,” and “Providing good information.”

Remember also to support Tinnitus Awareness Week 2014.

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