New Sheffield project to help tinnitus sufferers cope

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A new course is to launch in Sheffield aimed at providing support for people with tinnitus.

The British Tinnitus Association is launching a new six-week management course in the city on January 15, aimed at building coping techniques, confidence and support for people who may be struggling with the condition.

Tinnitus is the experience of sounds that have no external source. Most commonly, it is described as ringing or buzzing in the ears, but people describe a wide range of sounds including whooshing, hissing, whirring, clicking and occasionally the sound of muffled conversation or music.

More than 50,000 people are thought to experience tinnitus in the Sheffield area, with an estimated 5,000 people finding it is affecting their quality of life.

David Stockdale, chief executive of the BTA said: “Tinnitus can be an isolating condition, with many people experiencing an invisible struggle that people around them don’t fully understand.

“This course was developed as part of the BTA’s commitment to providing much needed support and we hope that participants will be able to explore the way their lifestyle and thought patterns interact with their tinnitus, building their confidence and ability to cope.”

The course will be run by staff from the BTA and by local audiology specialists and held weekly in central Sheffield on Wednesdays from 7pm to 8.45pm.

The first set of sessions is a pilot, which will cost £15. Advance booking is essential as places are limited Courses in the future will cost around £45. .

n To find out more about the new course contact the BTA on 0114 250 9933 or email Bookings need to be made by January 8.