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      Tuning out Tinnitus - Scotland

      Tinnitus is a medical term to describe the perception of noise either in one ear, both ears, or in the head, when there is no corresponding external sound.

      It can be 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.

      We have published our ‘Tuning out tinnitus’ report which is informed by the views and experiences of 459 people across Scotland who sought information or support to limit the impact of their condition on everyday life.

      Amongst the changes we would like to see are:

      • GPs should be provided with tinnitus awareness training to be better informed about the range of support available for people who with tinnitus
      • People who are particularly distressed by their tinnitus should be fast-tracked through the audiology service process so that individuals who can benefit from using hearing aids gain quicker access
      • More tinnitus support groups should be established in communities throughout Scotland to provide easily accessible peer-to-peer support.

      Full findings and recommendations of ‘Tuning out tinnitus’ can be found here