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      Former workers urged to share experiences of seeking help to cope with tinnitus

      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 scotland@hearingloss.org.uk 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

      Contact for general media enquiries:

      Eileen Clarkson from Action on Hearing Loss Scotland on telephone: 0141 341 5340 and email: eileen.clarkson@hearingloss.org.uk

      Notes for editors:

      1. The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, which place a duty on employers to reduce the risk to their employees’ health by controlling the noise they are exposed to whilst at work, replaced the 'Noise at work regulations 1989' which previously covered noise in the workplace. The duties set out in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 were more general in scope and meant that employers needed to take action if noise created a risk to people other than workers.
      2. Action on Hearing Loss runs an as well as a tinnitus helpline which can be contacted by telephone: 0808 808 6666, textphone: 0808 808 9000 or email: tinnitushelpline@hearingloss.org.uk
      3. Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is a charity which supports people who are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus to live the life they choose by campaigning for equality and developing technology and treatments.
      4. For further information about Action on Hearing Loss Scotland or to become a member, visit actiononhearingloss.org.uk/scotland, contact Action on Hearing Loss’s Information Line on 0808 808 0123 (freephone) or 0808 808 9000 (textphone) or email: scotland@hearingloss.org.uk.