Spreading Awareness of Tinnitus
Emily Broomhead
British Tinnitus Association
4th February 2016
Spreading Awareness of Tinnitus

It’s Tinnitus Awareness Week (TAW), and this year looks to be the best yet. As the week gains more momentum and more recognition, it's all about raising as much awareness of tinnitus as possible, talking about prevention, and doing so in a variety of ways. There are lots of displays up at hospitals across the UK, and organisations are holding events and talks to get more people talking about tinnitus. Details of all the displays and events taking place can be found here.

In line with awareness raising, the British Tinnitus Association are running a new campaign called ‘Tea for Tinnitus’, and we’ve produced a fantastic fundraising pack in the hope of getting even more people in 2016 together and talking about tinnitus over a cup of tea and a piece of cake. The uptake of packs has been fantastic, with, at the time of writing, over 700 sent out already, and over 100 events registered across the country with more being added. These personalised events are giving people the chance to talk about tinnitus, how to manage it and how to prevent it. Further details can be found online on our website. If you want to get involved there is still time, are events don’t have to take place during TAW, so if you would like a pack, just go to the website to request one.

Our second new campaign which we are highlighting this week is Plug’em – and is where the prevention theme comes in. Plug’em is all about raising awareness of tinnitus in people who attend loud music events, like clubs, festivals and gigs and encouraging the use of earplugs. We talk about safe sound levels, types of earplugs and which are suitable for use in different situations. We aren’t saying don’t listen to music, we’re just saying be safe when you do. The message is getting out there, with lots of ambassadors coming forward who want to make other people aware of the issue and prevent people from getting tinnitus and hearing damage from exposure to loud noise. If you want to get involved with Plug’em you can find out more on the website, or follow us on Twitter

If you want to raise more awareness during TAW then please make a mention on Twitter or Facebook using #TAW2016. Every little bit of support really will make a big difference.