The Audiology team at the RBFT will be hosting a special event in Market Square, Henley on Friday, 10 February to raise awareness and generate discussion around the hearing condition - tinnitus.
As explained by the British Tinnitus Association, tinnitus is the perception of noises in the head and/or the ears which has no external source. It is not a disease or illness: it is a symptom generated within the auditory system. The noise may be in one or both ears, or in the head, or it may be difficult to pinpoint its exact location. The noise may be low, medium or high pitched.
The RBFT’s mobile auditory unit will be manned by Chief Hearing Therapist, Lisa Waite, Head of Adult Rehabilitation, Elaine Maynard, and Assistant Audiologist, Frank Connell, who will be offering advice and tests to people who would like to find out more about the condition.
Lisa said: “Tinnitus can affect people of all ages and start at any time. The causes are still not fully understood, but can be associated with exposure to loud noises, stress and anxiety, hearing loss and ear infections.
“It rarely indicates a serious disorder, and there are a number of steps people can take to help relieve the condition themselves. We hope that our mobile clinic will help to widen understanding about the condition and the treatment options available.”
The unit will be open from 9.30am to 3.30pm for drop-in sessions.