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      Campaigning charity urges Scotland’s tinnitus sufferers to publicly share their experiences of seeking support

      28 January 2019

      A campaigning charity is urging people in Scotland to share their experiences of seeking support with tinnitus to raise public awareness of the need for more services which can help reduce how the condition affects people’s lives.

      Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is especially keen to speak with people who have sought support from their GP, local NHS audiology department or Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) and have a particularly good or challenging experience to share.

      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.

      Teri Devine, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, said: "As part of our research project, we are looking for people in Scotland interested in helping our campaign to highlight how they have been successfully supported to minimise the impact of tinnitus on their everyday life, as well as those who think there could be room for improvement in the level of information and treatment that they were given."

      Anyone who wants to share their experience of seeking tinnitus support are asked to email Campaigns.Scotland@hearingloss.org.uk or call/text: 07388 227407.