Tinnitus Awareness Week (1st -7th Feb) is a great opportunity for everyone interested in tinnitus to help to raise awareness and put tinnitus front and centre in people’s minds. There is a huge amount of work for everyone that cares about hearing health to do: raising the profile of tinnitus and encouraging research funding. Despite tinnitus being common in adults and children, with about 30% of people experiencing tinnitus at some point in their lives and 13% of people living with persistent tinnitus, it is often low down the priority list for research funding. This means that we have fewer scientists working in the area, developing better tests and treatments. The low priority put on tinnitus is partly because it’s an invisible condition, that others cannot see, and, unless people have experienced tinnitus, it can be really hard for them to imagine how troublesome it can be.
Whilst tinnitus is most commonly heard as a high-pitched buzzing, hissing or ringing, it can take many forms, including sounding like your heartbeat, or even as though there is music playing. It is often most obvious to people when they are in quiet surroundings, particularly when they are in bed and trying to get to sleep. Unfortunately, many people with tinnitus have been told that there is nothing that can be done and that they’ll just have to live with it.
This just isn’t the case.
The core goals of this year’s Tinnitus Awareness Week campaign are to make sure that everyone gets the right information about tinnitus early in their tinnitus journey. We all recognise how much poor-quality information is available on the internet as well as how many suggested treatments have no scientific evidence to support them.
At Oto we’re proud to be science-led and developed by clinicians with hearing science experts. As part of this, we’ve built reliable education and patient information into our app, supported by targeted therapies, which have been scientifically proven to help people get control of their tinnitus. If you’ve got any questions, or ideas for other topics you’d like us to cover please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This week we’re guests on the British Tinnitus Association’s blog. Head over there to check it out by clicking here.