A campaigning charity is urging Helensburgh residents who worked in noisy environments when hearing protection was not legally required to share their views and experiences of seeking support 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.

Action on Hearing Loss Scotland (AHLS) is asking people in Helensburgh who have tinnitus to share details about where they have gone for help at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ScotlandTinnitusSurvey.

Paper copies of the survey can be requested by emailing scotland@hearingloss.org.uk or calling 07388 227407.

Teri Devine from AHLS said: “Helensburgh residents who worked in factories, construction sites or served in the armed services – at times when hearing protection was not legally required – may now have tinnitus.

“We urge people with tinnitus to share their experiences about what steps they have taken to get information or support to minimise the impact of the condition, which can be annoying if it’s mild and intermittent or very frustrating and distressing in more severe cases.”

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