This Tinnitus Awareness Week (1-7 February 2021) we are supporting the British Tinnitus Association campaign to make sure that everyone with tinnitus gets the right information, from the right place, at the right time.
Sadly, we know that a negative start to your tinnitus journey can have a serious impact on how you manage your tinnitus and your mental health. From being told to just learn to live with it by a medical professional to reading incorrect and potentially harmful information online. That’s why we are supporting this campaign and using this week as an opportunity to share tips and advice from our experts here at City Lit.
City Lit is running a four-week online course this March: Manage your tinnitus aimed at those with tinnitus who would like to understand it better and learn about techniques to be able to manage it.
During Tinnitus Week, the British Tinnitus Association want to show the real impact tinnitus can have on those who experience it. That’s why they are asking you to get involved in their #ThisIsMySilence campaign by sharing a photo and your own words on your social media channels to explain to others how tinnitus affects you.
Coping with tinnitus
Tinnitus is when you hear noises that are not caused by an outside source, like ringing, humming or buzzing. Here are some suggestions for things you can do to help alleviate it:
- Avoid anxiety or stress as these can make your tinnitus more noticeable.
- Find a relaxation technique that works for you as this can help ease the tinnitus.
- We notice tinnitus more when it’s quiet, so try listening to other sounds that you find pleasant, for example music or environmental sounds. You can buy equipment or use apps to help.
- The more you think about it, the louder it gets. So keep active and distract yourself with other interests.
- If you have difficulty hearing, then it may help to wear a hearing aid which will bring in more outside noise to reduce awareness of the tinnitus. It may also help to alleviate the stress of trying to hear.
- Protect your hearing from loud noise by wearing earplugs or ear defenders. Exposure to loud noise is known to cause and aggravate tinnitus.
- If the tinnitus has come on suddenly or you notice a change in your hearing, ask your doctor to check for wax and/or refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist or audiologist for a hearing check.
- Don't forget to check out the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) website for detailed information and support. They have a helpline and can signpost to a self-help group.