For Tinnitus Week (1-7 February), the British Tinnitus Association is campaigning to make sure that everyone with tinnitus gets the right information, from the right place, at the right time.
Sadly, they know that a negative start to a tinnitus journey can have a serious impact on how tinnitus is managed and a patient’s mental health. From being told to just learn to live with it by a medical professional to reading incorrect and potentially harmful information online.
The BTA know that this is not the case for everyone, but they want to make sure that it is not the case for anyone.
During Tinnitus Week the BTA want to show the real impact tinnitus can have on those who experience it. So they are asking people to get involved in their #ThisIsMySilence campaign by sharing a photo and their own words on your social media channels to explain to others how tinnitus affects you.
As a hidden condition, people without tinnitus do not truly understand the huge impact it can have on someone’s life: on the ability to get a peaceful night’s sleep, to concentrate, or just to enjoy silence. Tinnitus can and does have a huge impact on mental health and we need your help to make more people aware of this. The more we show the real impact tinnitus has, the more likely we are to be successful in making tinnitus research funding an urgent priority.
So, from 1 February to 7 February it’s simple. BTA are asking people to choose a photo and choose their words and to be as honest and open as they like to explain their tinnitus – or the tinnitus of those they care about – to others.
Several events are planned. Find out more here: https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/tinnitus-week-2021-events
The British Academy of Audiology will making some resources open access for all during tinnitus week, so keep an eye on our website and social media pages.
And don’t forget you can complete the BAA Tinnitus Training Modules. Find out more here