Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the absence of any corresponding external sound.
It is not a disease or illness; it is a symptom generated within the auditory system.
The noise may be in one or both ears, or in the head, or it may be difficult to pinpoint its exact location.
The noise may be low, medium or high pitched.
There may be a single noise or two or more components.
The noise may be continuous or it may come and go.
Tinnitus Awareness Week (TAW) is an annual event which in 2017 is taking place from 6-12 February.
Activity will be based around the campaign ‘Together for Tinnitus’ which is intended to generate discussion about tinnitus and raise awareness of the work being carried out and support provided by the British Tinnitus Association and other services across the UK.
During the week you could read official ‘Tinnitus Guidance for GPs’ document which provides the most up-to-date information on how people suffering with tinnitus can best be helped from diagnosis through to self-help management of the condition, so look out for that advice as the week progresses.
In addition, there is a new online resource for people newly diagnosed with tinnitus www.takeontinnitus.co.uk. "Take on Tinnitus" is designed to give facts and ideas for things you can do to manage tinnitus and is an ideal resource for GPs to suggest to new tinnitus patients.
If you would like to get involved you can support BTA (British Tinnitus Association) with a donation – they need to raise half a million pounds each year to continue their UK wide support.
Donations can be made HERE: www.justgiving.com/BTA.