As part of the British Tinnitus Association’s Tinnitus Awareness Week in February, the Specsavers audiology team located at 70 High Street, Weston-Super-Mare have been available in store to offer guidance on how to manage the condition that currently has no known cure.
Audiologist director at Specsavers in Weston-super-Mare, Angie Bull, said: ‘You might be familiar with the temporary ringing in your ears after attending a loud concert or sporting event, but for some, the struggle with this constant internal buzzing affects their life on a daily basis.’
A word from sufferers
Recently broadcaster Jo Whiley – one of the most recognisable voices in British radio who has graced the UK’s soundwaves for nearly 25 years – has spoken out about the condition.
Jo said: ‘My tinnitus tends to flare up if I’ve been at a gig, DJing at a club, or wearing headphones for long periods of time which is frustrating as I love live music. It can affect me for days afterwards and I have a constant whistle in my ears which can be hard to live with.
Advice from the experts
For people like Jo, Angela offers a number of tips to help manage the condition, including learning to relax, avoiding silence and earplugs as well as keeping active and healthy.
The Specsavers Hearing Check App is also free to download on the App and Play store on iOS or Android devices, and advises whether a full check in store is recommended.