Tinnitus Awareness Week

Monday 4th February – Sunday 10th February 2019 is Tinnitus Awareness Week!

“In the UK, around 1 in 10 adults has Tinnitus” – Source – Action on Hearing Loss

Have you got a constant annoying ringing, buzzing or hissing sound in your ears or feel as though it’s in your head?

That’s tinnitus.

My Story

Growing up, I remember experiencing quite a few episodes of tinnitus, especially after concerts or having a cold. It would always wear off though.

It was not until shortly after Christmas 2016, that I began experiencing it constantly. I had great difficulty in getting to sleep as the tinnitus was extremely loud and it sounded like a fire alarm which wouldn’t turn off. I cried every night because of it.

I did visit my GP 3 or 4 times and I was given a nasal spray, as I had a cold about a fortnight before Christmas, to see if that would make a difference. Unfortunately not, however I was advised to keep using the nasal spray. By the 3rd appointment, after examining my ears, they found I had a small amount of fluid behind my ear drum.

They did refer me to an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) department however the ball started rolling when I had a suspected TIA/mini-stroke at the end of March 2017, and I underwent tests and MRI’s. To this say nobody knows what caused my hearing loss. They are hoping to try a hearing aid with something attached which lessens the tinnitus so here’s hoping!

I did experience a phase of musical tinnitus once; this is where it sounds like a favourite song. In my case, I experienced gospel-like tinnitus and a song from a video game, Skyrim (Ewan would be happy!)

About 30% of people will experience tinnitus at some point in their lives. Tinnitus is more common in people who have hearing loss or other ear problems, but it can also be found in people with normal hearing.

The cause is unknown.

Since having it constantly, I have noticed that stress is a big trigger for mine. The volume and intensity can reach a whole new level.
Overtime, believe it or not, it does get better. It is horrible to begin with but once you know the triggers, then tinnitus becomes easier to manage.

Things That Might Help

Get support – there are support groups on the internet and maybe one in your community.
Talk – You need to know that you’re not alone, talk to a loved one, a friend or even your GP if it’s affecting you.
Relax – Relaxation does help massively in lessening the volume of tinnitus. Take slow and deep breaths.

A simple way to prevent tinnitus is to wear appropriate ear protectors – and I don’t mean stuffing cotton wool in your ears!

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Hey fellow superheroes! I'm Ami, I'm 24 and I live in Norfolk, UK. On my blog, UndercoverSuperhero, I openly talk about my recovery journey which stemmed from being in hospital and a specialist neurological rehabilitation centre for 9 months. I talk about how I maintain a positive mindset whilst coming to terms with my disability. I love superheroes, so much so that my partner and I are having a superhero themed wedding! I generally like to talk about anything and everything on my blog, I also have an ongoing series called "The Reality of..." which allows readers and bloggers to raise awareness of the disabilities, mental illnesses, chronic illnesses, impairments, that they live with as it is so important to raise awareness! Everybody has a voice! 💚

2 thoughts on “Tinnitus Awareness Week

  1. Really interesting post, Ami, thanks. A friend of my mum’s has Tinnitus. She is partially deaf and has an hearing aid. I hope that the hospital can help you with one also. x

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