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Feb 9, 2016

Tinnitus Awareness Week: Nearly 50% of People Across the UK Have Experienced Tinnitus


This week it is Tinnitus Awareness Week (8th-12th February) where hearing loss charities including Action on Hearing Loss and British Tinnitus Association (BTA) are campaigning to raise crucial funds for research and treatments.

What is tinnitus?

  • Tinnitus is defined as a ringing or buzzing sound in the ear or head that cannot be attributed to an external source.
  • You may hear sounds such as buzzing, whistling, hissing, humming or whooshing. You may hear a single sound or two or more, and it’s common for the sounds to change. If you’re under stress, you may feel that your tinnitus changes in pitch or tone and becomes more intrusive.
  • This can have a serious impact on quality of life, mental health and relationships with family and friends.

How can I get involved?

Join the conversation

Join Action on Hearing Loss on Twitter between 3 to 4pm throughout the week for expert tinnitus advice from our audiologists, product experts, researchers and helpline officers.

Tweet @ActionOnHearing and ask your questions – or share your experiences using #TAW2016.

Tea for Tinnitus

The BTA are running a Tea for Tinnitus campaign where family, friends and colleagues can host a tea party and all the proceeds go to help fund vital research into the condition. For more information visit

Donate to help find a cure

  • £5 could buy 25 tissue culture tubes for use in our pioneering research projects
  • £32.50 could help to fund half a day of ground-breaking biomedical research by one of our PhD students into the causes of tinnitus
  • £65 could fund an entire day’s research by one of our PhD students into a cure to bring back the silence for tinnitus sufferers
  • £100 could pay for one of our major international research projects for a whole day

To donate or to find out more information please visit

Thank you for supporting Tinnitus Awareness Week 2016 #TAW2016