A new group to support local people with tinnitus is being formed in Sandbach. Tinnitus is experienced by around one in ten people, which is around 1,800 people in Sandbach alone. The first meeting will take place on Monday 8 January, 7.00-9.00pm at Sandbach Cricket Club, Hind Heath Rd, Sandbach CW11 3LZ.
The group is being organised by local volunteer Lucy Naylor who has over 20 years combined NHS and private sector experience as a clinical audiologist and hearing aid audiologist. Lucy says: “Whilst tinnitus can be complex it can be helped and does not have to be a troublesome symptom. There is a lack of specialists nationwide offering this specialist help. I plan on facilitating a patient led help group that will enable people with tinnitus gain a good level of understanding and have access to support to enable tinnitus to be a non-troublesome symptom.”
Colette Bunker, British Tinnitus Association (BTA) Volunteer and Support Group Manager comments: “Being among people who have tinnitus, listening to their experiences and how they manage it, can be a tremendous help. I witness this first hand when attending group meetings. It is amazing seeing the difference it makes to people, especially those who have recently been diagnosed.”
Tinnitus is defined as the experience of sounds with no external source, most commonly ringing or buzzing, but sometimes experienced as whooshing, clicking or even music. Many people aren’t troubled by sounds they hear, but for around 10%, the condition has a significant impact on their quality of life, often linked to stress, anxiety or sometimes depression.