This week is Tinnitus Awareness Week. For those who don’t know, I’m mildly deaf and have tinnitus. Tinnitus itself differs for each person, but for me, tinnitus is a loud ringing in my ears that appears whenever it is silent or there is no background noise.
Imagine this: you are about to go to sleep in a peaceful environment when a loud ringing noise emerges in your ear. You cannot ignore it. It distracts you, and deliberately focussing on it does not make it disappear…
Thankfully, I wear my hearing aids all day, which helpfully cut out tinnitus with background noise. However, that does not cure tinnitus, and some people still live with tinnitus in their daily lives.
Action on Hearing Loss have loads of useful information about tinnitus on their website. You can read more by clicking here.