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Tinnitus Awareness Week next week

By | Published on Thursday 2 February 2012

Tinnitus Awareness Week

The British Tinnitus Association’s annual Tinnitus Awareness Week campaign will take place from 6-12 Feb, with the focus this year on improving understanding of the condition amongst GPs and other primary care practitioners.

David Stockdale, CEO of the British Tinnitus Association, told CMU: “Thousands of tinnitus patients are being short-changed by their GPs. They are being either completely dismissed, told to ‘learn to live with’ the condition and are being given inaccurate information, or are not being referred to tinnitus clinics for specialist care. Tinnitus is poorly-understood among many primary care practitioners, and we aim to readdress this problem during our Tinnitus Awareness Week campaign so that more tinnitus patients are given accurate advice and are referred to authoritative information widely available via the BTA, the NHS and other sources”.

Next week, BTA ambassador Eddy Temple-Morris will discuss his own experiences of tinnitus and what he is doing to raise awareness in his CMU column. Meanwhile, further information, including video diaries by a range of DJs and musicians speaking about their own experiences with tinnitus, can be found here.