Residents who suffer from the audiological condition tinnitus can now access a specialist support group in Fleetwood.
Blackpool Teaching Hospital Trust supported Tinnitus Awareness Week, aiming to raise the profile of the condition which can affect anyone at any time.
And patients are now being made aware of the service which has grown following a warm reception from patients.
Tinnitus is not a disease or an illness, it is a symptom generated within a person’s own auditory pathways which manifests as a constant or intermittent ringing, buzzing or clicking sound.
The specialist information service which is offered in Fleetwood, aims to give advice and support to sufferers of the condition giving a detailed understanding of their tinnitus and the options for management.
Alan Kenyon, Hearing Therapist at the Trust, is a specialist on tinnitus and said: “We receive more than 200 tinnitus-related referrals every year and our service aims to support and educate sufferers about their condition and how to manage it.
“Ten per cent of UK adults have tinnitus, with one in 10 going on to report severe effects on their quality of life including depression, anxiety, stress and sleep deprivation.
“The groups have proved to be a popular approach with patients in recent years and we would advise anyone experiencing tinnitus to visit their GP to discuss a referral.
“The groups have proved to be a popular approach with patients in recent years and we would advise anyone experiencing tinnitus to visit their GP to discuss a referral to the Hospital Ear Nose and Throat clinic.
“Most tinnitus is associated with subtle changes to a person’s hearing but there can occasionally be more serious causes that need to be ruled out by a visit to a specialist Ear Nose and Throat doctor.
They can help exclude serious causes of tinnitus and anyone experiencing on going difficulty will be offered help via one of the audiology-led tinnitus groups.”