Audiology experts in St Andrews are holding tinnitus clinics to help highlight the condition during Tinnitus Awareness Week.
The annual week which runs from 8 – 14 February is organised by the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) and is in its tenth year.
Locals with any questions or concerns about tinnitus can visit the South Street store for a free examination and advice from dedicated hearing experts.
Extremely common problem
Stephen Kelman, hearing director at Specsavers Audiologists in St Andrews, said: ‘Tinnitus is an extremely common problem which affects 10 per cent of UK adults and can affect you whether or not you have hearing loss.
‘The condition is experienced as noises inside the head that do not come from an external source. The noises are commonly buzzing, whistling, hissing or ringing or even sometimes songs and tunes.
‘Although tinnitus is not life-threatening, it can be very distressing for sufferers, therefore we’d like to welcome anyone with concerns or symptoms to visit the store for an examination and treatment advice where appropriate.
‘Common causes include age-related hearing disorders and exposure to loud noise. Over-exposure to high volumes can seriously affect our hearing and may result in tinnitus or noise-induced hearing loss.
‘It’s important to remember to take regular breaks when listening to loud music, as well as considering turning down the volume. Many smartphones now have a handy noise indicator which identifies when the volume has reached a high level.’
Free hearing checks
The hi-tech Specsavers Hearing Centre in St Andrews offers regular free hearing checks from its qualified audiologists as well as hearing advice and information about the incredible digital hearing aids available in store.
The Specsavers Hearing Check App is free to download on the App and Play store on iOS or Android devices, and advises whether a full check in store is recommended.