According to the British Tinnitus Association, six million UK adults suffer from tinnitus, a condition characterised by a constant buzzing or ringing in the ears.
So if you do suffer from tinnitus, you are definitely not alone.
Great tips from the experts
Celebrities who live with tinnitus include the DJ and presenter Jo Whiley.
The condition currently has no cure, but there are things that you can do to make it easier to cope with. Audiology experts at Specsavers Tunbridge Wells, in Mount Pleasant Road, have some great tips to help you deal with the condition.
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Lucy Waymont, audiology director at Specsavers Tunbridge Wells, said: ‘Firstly, you should avoid wearing earplugs where possible – except if you know you are going to be exposed to especially loud noises.
‘They will not make your tinnitus better as they will create silence, which you actually need to try and avoid as far as possible. Making sure you have background noise or music at night when you try to sleep can help too.
Learn to relax more
‘Finally, while it is normal to be concerned about tinnitus, worrying about it can make it worse. So learning to relax more, perhaps by trying aromatherapy, yoga or meditation (amongst other things) could be a big help.’