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Services for Tinnitus sufferers must be safeguarded

Friday, February 8, 2013

At a Parliamentary event to mark Tinnitus Awareness Week, Meg Munn MP gave her support to Action on Hearing Loss’s call on NHS commissioners to protect essential services for vital local services supporting tinnitus sufferers to be safeguarded. These services, such as hearing therapy and ear, nose and throat (ENT) treatments, help people manage tinnitus in their everyday lives.


During the charity’s event Meg gained a better understanding of tinnitus by hearing a series of simulations recreating the unpleasant ringing, whistling, humming or buzzing sounds which people say represents their experiences of the condition. She also checked the volume at which they listen to their personal music player by having its sound level tested on Action on Hearing Loss’s ‘Sound Head’. All new personal music players in the EU will have a safe default volume of 85 decibels from this month, and the charity is encouraging people not to override the setting.


Meg said:


“I discovered that around 10% of adults have mild tinnitus which can have debilitating effects on sleep, personal relationships, work, and lead to depression. With that in mind, it’s important that music lovers across Sheffield reduce the risk of developing the condition by listening to their music players at safe sound levels.


It’s also vital that local people with tinnitus have quick access to life-changing support so I’m delighted to back Action on Hearing Loss’s call for local ENT and hearing therapy services to be protected.”


Chief Executive of Action on Hearing Loss, Paul Breckell, said:


“As tinnitus is an invisible condition, its distressing effects are often not recognised, or underestimated by friends and family. We are grateful for Meg Munn MP’s support for our campaigning during Tinnitus Awareness Week and highlighting the need for Sheffield residents to protect their hearing and have access to essential information and support if they develop this distressing condition.”


For further information visit: www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/taw


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