Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is urging people, who worked in noisy working environments at times 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.
The charity is asking people to share details about where they have gone for help. Paper copies of the survey can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07388 227407.
Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Teri Devine said: "In the past, many people in Scotland will have worked in factories, shipyards, coal mines, steelworks, construction sites or served in the armed services at times when hearing protection was not legally required and may now have tinnitus.
We urge people to share their experiences with us about what steps they have taken to get information or support 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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Eileen Clarkson from Action on Hearing Loss Scotland on telephone: 0141 341 5340 and email: email@example.com
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