Living with Tinnitus

Hi my name is Bill.  I have had tinnitus for 9 years, it is a constant hissing in my right ear, I often find  it difficult to describe to friends and relatives or people I meet what tinnitus is and how it affects me as they have not suffered with the condition.

Since meeting fellow tinnitus sufferers at the Tinnitus Support Group, at the Deafness Resource Centre in St Helens, I have gained reassurance and recognition that there is a condition called Tinnitus.  Other group members have had similar events that have caused their tinnitus e.g.  An accident at work or exposure to loud machinery for long periods or even the death of a relative.

Staff at the Deafness Resource Centre in St Helens are trained by the British Tinnitus Association and understand the condition and can offer advice and support.

A guest speaker at the Tinnitus Support Group gave out useful techniques for distracting attention away from the noise.  One of the techniques was to imagine that the tinnitus sound is actually waves cascading over the rocks at the seaside.  I have used this to help control my tinnitus and found it to be really helpful.  I have also used the soothing mood and light sensor pyramid which helps blend traffic noise going past my house.  Overall, this has a calming effect on my stress levels.   I would really recommend that if anyone is struggling with their tinnitus, or people who want to know more about it, you should come along to the Tinnitus Support Group.  You will be made welcome and certainly once you understand more about Tinnitus will be able to learn how to cope with it.

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