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Support group for tinnitus sufferers

Posted onPosted on 2nd Oct

Audiology clinicians based at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are calling for more patients to join a new support group for patients suffering with tinnitus.

The first tinnitus support group meeting will take place on Wednesday, 8 October from 2.30pm to 5pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Level 0, Education Centre, King’s Mill Hospital.

The word ‘tinnitus’ comes from the Latin word for ‘ringing’ and is the perception of sound in the absence of any corresponding external sound. This noise may be heard in one ear, in both ears or in the middle of the head or it may be difficult to pinpoint its exact location. Although tinnitus is often described as ‘ringing in the ears’, sufferers can experience other sounds including buzzing, humming or whistling.

Most people learn to live with tinnitus, but it can have a significant impact on day-to-day life. For example, it can affect concentration or cause sleeping problems and depression. However, tinnitus itself is a condition that isn’t harmful and usually improves over time. Although there is currently no single treatment that works in the same way for everyone, if an underlying cause can be established, it can often be effectively managed.

Michelle Booth, Clinical Lead for Adult Audiology at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust said: “I’m really pleased with the response we’ve had from patients so far, but I’m keen that as many people as possible who suffer with tinnitus take the opportunity to come along next week, share experiences and learn more about their condition.

“Our first meeting is also being supported by the British Tinnitus Association, with their local support group co-ordinator in attendance and we have also invited a speaker from the Nottinghamshire Biomedical Research Unit who will be talking about tinnitus research being undertaken locally.

”I would encourage any tinnitus sufferers to take the opportunity to book a place on Wednesday 8 October 2014 from 2.30pm to 5.00pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Level 0 in the Education Centre at King’s Mill Hospital to learn more about their condition, and share their experiences with others in a similar situation.”

To reserve a place at the first tinnitus support group, please contact Michelle Booth or Cheryl Gamlin on 01623 622515 ext 3036 or ext 3341.