Tinnitus Awareness Week (#TinnitusWeek) is an annual event and this year it is taking place on 5th – 11th February. This national event is intended to generate discussion about tinnitus and raise awareness of the work being carried out and support provided by the British Tinnitus Association, as well as other services across the UK.
To celebrate Tinnitus Awareness Week, Steven Hale Hearing is holding open days throughout the week 5th – 11th February, where we will be demonstrating the latest in tinnitus relief technology, hearing solutions and audiologist Steven Hale will be offering free mini-consultations for both current and new customers.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a condition in which a person perceives sound that is not actually present in the environment. It is often described as “ringing in the ears”, but can include virtually any type of sound including whooshing, hissing, or whistling.
What causes tinnitus?
The most common cause of tinnitus is damage and loss of the tiny sensory hair cells in the cochlea of the inner ear. This tends to happen as people age, however it can also result from prolonged exposure to excessively loud noise or exposure to a singular, very loud noise, such as an explosion.
Tinnitus is prevalent in those who work in construction and the entertainment industry. Famous sufferers of tinnitus include Ludwig van Beethoven, Ozzy Osbourne and William Shatner, among many others.
Treatment for tinnitus
According to the British Tinnitus Association, one in ten people suffer from tinnitus. However, patients are often told that they “just have to live with” tinnitus, or “nothing can be done“. However, tinnitus can almost always be treated, symptoms of tinnitus can be improved and patients can benefit from active care. There are also hearing aids available that are designed to provide relief for tinnitus, as well as combat hearing loss, such as Lyric by Phonak.
Steven Hale has been running a tinnitus clinic within his NHS practice since 2001 and he believes that working alongside ENT consultants in both his NHS and private practice gives him the valid knowledge needed and an edge over other practitioners.
Steven Hale Hearing also works with qualified hearing therapist, Alison Flower, who specialises in tinnitus and balance therapy at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. Alison is able to offer tinnitus rehabilitation, as well as sleep counselling and relaxation training.
Contact Steven Hale Hearing on 0121 308 2550 to book your free mini-consultation and discover the advances in tinnitus relief and hearing loss that can help you. #TinnitusWeek