Everyone’s been “talking tinnitus” this week as British Tinnitus Week rolls to a close.
If you suffer from the condition, or suspect you have it, you will know the misery and irritation that a background chorus of ringing, hissing or other sounds can cause.
The British Tinnitus Association defines Tinnitus as:
The perception of noises in the head and/or ear which have no external source. It derives from the Latin word for ringing and those living with the condition may have to endure a ringing, buzzing, hissing, whistling or other noise. The sensation can be constant or intermittent and it can vary in volume.
It is not a disease or illness in itself, but a symptom of an underlying condition generated within the auditory system.
It can be felt in one ear or both, and sometimes it can feel difficult to pinpoint its exact location.
Occasionally people have tinnitus that can seem like a familiar tune or song. Some people have tinnitus which has a beat in time with their heartbeat. This is called pulsatile tinnitus.
British Tinnitus Week has been organised by the charity British Tinnitus with the theme ‘Isolation’. It can feel lonely trying to make others understand how tinnitus makes you feel. The charity has a helpline:
0800 018 0527