A new group to support local people with tinnitus is being formed in Southampton. Tinnitus affects one in ten adults in the UK, and there are an estimated 24,000 people with the condition in the city, of whom nearly 2,400 find it significantly affects their quality of life.
The first meeting will take place on Tuesday 16 January 2018, 6:30-8:30pm at Southampton Sight, 3 Bassett Avenue, Southampton, SO16 7DP
The group is being organised by local volunteers Chris and Aanisah who say “We know from the response to the recent BTA Information Day in Southampton and from speaking to local health professionals that there are many people in our area who would value the opportunity of meeting locally to talk about their experience of tinnitus and what might help them manage it. We hope we can offer a forum where we will be able to share stories, get up to date information and advice, and be a support and encouragement to each other.”
Colette Bunker, BTA Volunteer and Support Group Manager comments: “Being among people who have tinnitus, listening to their experiences and how they have managed to handle things, is a tremendous help for the individual. I witness this first hand when attending group meetings. It is amazing seeing the difference it makes to people, especially those who have recently been diagnosed.”
Tinnitus is defined as the experience of sounds with no external source, most commonly ringing or buzzing, but sometimes experienced as whooshing, clicking or even music. Many people aren’t troubled by sounds they hear, but for around 10%, the condition has a significant impact on their quality of life, often linked to stress, anxiety or sometimes depression.
Colette adds: “Tinnitus can be an isolating condition, with friends and family struggling to understand how it feels to adapt to the presence of loud or persistent noises. Some people choose to bring a partner or family member to the meetings, which can often help both parties understand more about the condition and the experiences or behaviours it can bring.”
If you would like to find out more, please contact the group organisers on firstname.lastname@example.org or call the BTA office: 0800 0180 527
The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) is an independent charity which supports thousands of people who experience tinnitus and advises medical professionals from across the world.
The BTA is the primary source of support and information for people with tinnitus in the UK, facilitating an improved quality of life.
They aim to encourage prevention through its educational programme and to seek effective treatment for tinnitus through a medical research programme.
The support the BTA offers to 335,000 people per year who are affected by tinnitus is reliant upon the generous donations of their supporters and fundraisers. They receive no government support and need to raise half a million pounds each year to continue their UK wide support. Donations can be made via www.justgiving.com/BTA
Not an illness or disease, tinnitus is a term that describes the sensation of hearing a noise in the absence of an external sound. The noise can have virtually any quality. Ringing, whistling, and buzzing are common, but more complex sounds may also be reported. Troublesome tinnitus can be very distressing for the affected individual, and issues may arise with sleep, concentration and mood. However, in many cases, subtle changes in people’s environment can address these issues, and improve quality of life.
The experienced team at the BTA understands the impact that tinnitus can have on the lives of those who experience tinnitus and those who live with them, so seeks to provide the most appropriate and expert advice and information free of charge – via a confidential freephone helpline on 0800 018 0527 and online at www.tinnitus.org.uk. The BTA can also post printed and audio information and advice.
Visit the BTA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishTinnitusAssociation and follow the BTA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BritishTinnitus
For more information
Nic Wray, Communications Manager
Emily Ducker, Volunteering and Engagement Support
0114 250 9933
British Tinnitus Association
Ground Floor, Unit 5 Acorn Business Park