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26 September 2019 A tinnitus support group which meets at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital has become one of the first groups in the country to be awarded the Gold Standard for tinnitus support groups by the British Tinnitus Association (BTA).
The group, led run by a hearing therapist and audiologists with specialist training in tinnitus therapy, enables people with tinnitus to meet others with the condition, share useful tips on coping methods and find out what help is available.
Colette Bunker, BTA Volunteer and Support Group Manager said: “A group has to meet a number of criteria to be considered a BTA Gold Standard group. These criteria are designed to ensure groups are working hard to be inclusive, encouraging peer-to-peer interaction and are providing people with accurate and up-to-date information in a safe and friendly environment.”
Specialist hearing therapist Clare Marris said: “We have applied for Gold Standard accreditation because it is important for us to be peer reviewed regularly to maintain standards and aim to achieve higher goals for the group. This external verification provides reassurance to us and our members that we comply with our mission statement and aims. We can also then attempt to share our experience and vision with other groups.”
Colette commented: “We know that support groups can really help a person lead the best life they can, and the team at Sheffield are dedicated to helping people overcome the distress tinnitus can cause, and we are delighted to be able to recognise their hard work.”
If you would like to find out more about the group, please contact the audiology department on 0114 226 1314 or email STSG@sth.nhs.uk. Alternately, contact Colette Bunker at the BTA on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0114 250 9933.
- The BTA is an independent charity which supports over 1 million people per year who experience tinnitus and advises medical professionals from across the world. It is the primary source of support and information for people with tinnitus in the UK.
- The BTA needs to raise £975,000 each year to continue their UK wide support. Donations can be made via
- 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. Around one in eight adults experience tinnitus. 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.
For more information
Nic Wray, Communications Manager
0114 250 9933
British Tinnitus Association
Ground Floor Unit 5 Acorn Business Park
Sheffield, S8 0TB
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