Tinnitus Help & Support – Quest Media Network
TINNITUS AWARENESS: Lisa Caldwell.
Imagine hearing a noise all the time – a ringing or buzzing in your ears, something only you can hear. This is the reality for many people living with tinnitus for which there is no cure.
Now, a Glossop woman is taking advantage of Tinnitus Awareness Week, which runs until February 13, to raise awareness about the condition and highlight the help available and what people can do to help protect their hearing.
With one in eight people living with persistent tinnitus, Lisa Caldwell, who suddenly developed tinnitus herself in 2005, says it’s important people get the help and support they need.
“A lot of times the GP or ear, nose and throat consultant tells them ‘that’s it’ and they just have to live with it,” she said.
“It can be a devastating diagnosis for a lot of people.”
The British Tinnitus Association, based in Sheffield, is a major source of information and support.
“They have a helpline and a helpline. It’s a fantastic outfit,” Lisa said.
The charity, which funds research into the condition, also has local support groups.
For some, tinnitus is noise related if they have been working and not having the right noise protection; for others, it may be a cold, a neck injury, or medication.
“There are so many different reasons for the appearance that it can be very difficult for people to work out where they are getting it from,” Lisa added.
In Lisa’s case, she went to bed normally and woke up with no hearing on one side and tinnitus instead. His hearing never returned and his tinnitus never went away. The only time the noise stops is when she’s sleeping.
For years she tried various treatments and therapies and found mindful mediation to be the most effective for her.
“It was a very difficult experience having to relearn how to focus on the noise rather than wishing it all the time,” she explained.
But this experience inspired Lisa to help others and led her to become a mindful meditation teacher, the auditory coach, working remotely with tinnitus sufferers around the world.
Part of what she does is help people come to terms with tinnitus, creating a toolkit they can use to learn how to accept the condition as part of their lives and prevent it from taking over. above.
“My life’s work is to help people with tinnitus recover from the distress caused by tinnitus,” she explained.
As Lisa sees young people with the disease, she also uses awareness week to encourage people to take care of their hearing.
In some cases it plays music at the recommended volume, particularly if you have headphones on, perhaps trying to drown out the noise of a busy road.
“It’s really important not to subject your ears to loud noises for a long time, because you’ll start to see that you have hearing damage and the hearing loss has been replaced by a sound in your head – tinnitus due to of that,” Lisa said.
“If you’re in loud pubs or clubs, take the opportunity to sink into the quiet just to let your ears recover from that onslaught of noise and loud music and come back and have fun.
“It’s about giving your ears the chance to recalibrate – a lot of it is common sense.”
More information is available from the British Tinnitus Association at https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/ or www.thehearingcoach.com
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