Tinnitus affects 1 in 10 adults in the UK and there are an estimated 3,500 people with the condition in Bury St Edmunds alone, of whom nearly 400 find it affects their quality of life.
A new group to support local people with tinnitus is being formed in Bury St Edmunds. The first meeting will take place on 21 February 2018 (and then every other month) 10:30-12:30 at Bury St Edmunds Deaf Centre, 28 Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1HY. Nic Wray, Communications Manager from the British Tinnitus Association will be on hand to talk to people about tinnitus and the help and support available.
The group is being organised by Jane Frost of the Bury Deaf Association. She says: “We are really looking forward to getting this support group underway. There is a lack of support in the area for people who have tinnitus and no local groups were people can meet up and support each other. Interest in this group has already been shown and we are expecting a good attendance. We aim to have a happy, helpful, relaxed, friendly atmosphere at the meetings.” Jane already holds a well-attended monthly hard of hearing group at this venue.
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 BTA on 0800 018 0527 or email@example.com to register your interest.