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Orcadians asked to share experiences of tinnitus support

A campaigning charity is urging Orkney residents to share their views and experiences of seeking information, treatment or support to help them to cope with tinnitus.

Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing ringing, hissing, buzzing, whistling or humming when there is actually no external sound. Persistent severe forms of tinnitus can significantly impact on people’s sleep, concentration, stress levels and mental health.

During Tinnitus Week, which runs from February 5 to 11, Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is asking people to email scotland@hearingloss.org.uk or call 07388 227407 to request a copy of the survey and share details about their experiences of the condition and where they have gone for help.

Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Teri Devine said: “We have launched our survey to give people in Orkney who are affected by tinnitus the opportunity to tell us how they have fared when seeking information, treatment or support to cope with the condition in everyday life.

“We want to get a picture of how people are being supported both locally and throughout Scotland to minimise the impact of tinnitus, which can be annoying if it’s mild and intermittent or very frustrating and distressing in more severe cases.”

For information about tinnitus, visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/tinnitus

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