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      People in Scotland asked to share experiences of tinnitus support

      A campaigning charity is urging people in Scotland to share their views and experiences of seeking information, treatment or support to help them 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.

      During Tinnitus Week (5-11 February 2018), Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is asking people to email scotland@hearingloss.org.uk or call 07388 227407 to request a copy of the survey and share details about their experiences of the condition and where they have gone for help.

      Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Interim Director, Teri Devine, said: “We have launched our survey to give people in Scotland who are affected by tinnitus the opportunity to tell us how they have fared when seeking information, treatment or support to cope with the condition in everyday life.

      “We want to get a picture of how people are being supported both locally and throughout Scotland 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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      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.    Action on Hearing Loss runs an online tinnitus forum www.community.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/tinnitus 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
      2.    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.
      3.    For further information about Action on Hearing Loss Scotland or to become a member, visit www.hearingloss.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.