Tinnitus Awareness Week 2012

Tinnitus Awareness Week 2012 will take place Mon 6th – Sun 12th February. 

The British Tinnitus Association are aiming to raise GP’s awareness by urging audiology departments to educate local GPs and also by publishing “Ten Top Tinnitus Tips for GPs” (try saying that fast 10 times!) and encouraging individuals to take this document to their local surgery.

To keep up to date with the goings on check out their website or follow them on twitter @BritishTinnitus.

Whilst we commend those taking action, we are experiencing some rather chilly weather at the moment, there must be something to be done from the comfort of a laptop and slanket (if you are lucky enough to have one of these super blanket with arm-holes inventions). Well read on and I have compiled a friendly hub of facts and links to make you a bit more aware of tinnitus. You can even try my very own quiz.
5 Basic Things to Know

1. Tinnitus is a symptom not an illness.

2. Tinnitus is not just a ringing in your ears, people experience other sounds such as low humming or musical hallucinations.

3. It’s not just people with hearing impairments that can suffer from tinnitus.

4. Many people have experienced short bursts of tinnitus after a night clubbing or rocking out at a gig – this may not indicate permanent hearing loss.

5. It’s not just loud volume of noise that can cause tinnitus, length of exposure and an individual’s suseptibility also contribute.

Mini Quiz

For those working in the Arts, especially those in the music industry and those working with pyrotechnics in stage and fim protecting your ears is important.

See if you can guess these celebrities that have suffered from tinnitus (to reveal the answer highlight the line under the clue):

  • Actress/singer, tinnitus since she was a little girl, think Duck Sauce.
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Enterprise explosion in the 60’s caused permanent tinnitus for this duo.
  • William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy
  • Quick, call 999, he was born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner!  
  • Sting
  • Mr Hewson and you as well  haven’t found what you’re looking for. 
  • Bono
  • Aaaand Action! Four times a war veteran and six times a fighter. 
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • You might wanna dance with this voodoo child in the 90’s.
  • Moby 
  • Lead capsicum annuum longum vocalist.
  • Anthony Kiedis
  • He went from West End’s Oliver! to a biblical book then out on his own.
  • Phil Collins
  • From half a duet that got each other to an individual believing goddess. 
  • Cher 
  • The Prince of Darkness, but in reality he’s a family man.
  • Ozzy Ozborne 
  • The Wachowski brothers think he’s the one. 
  • Keanu Reeves
  • This man does everything; rapper, musician, songwriter, singer, entrepreneur, actor, producer  but might be most famous for a legume.
  • Will.i.am

Useful Links

http://www.sensorcom.com/ This is where you can buy earplugs at a variety of prices for the gig goer and professional musicians alike. There are also some assistive technology and aids for hearing impairments and existing tinnitus.

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Tinnitus/Pages/Introduction.aspx for a more medical overview on tinnitus.

Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) has some great information about tinnitus and how to protect your hearing…


http://www.thecmuwebsite.com/article/eddy-says-tinnitus-awareness-week-were-aware-now-its-time-for-all-the-gps-to-catch-up/ Read this great blog from BTA ambassador Eddy.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/3263422/William-gives-The-Sun-his-most-personal-interview-yet.html The Sun interviews Will.i.am about his tinnitus etc.

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