Charity Launches Tinnitus Forum for Professionals

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The British Tinnitus Association (BTA), the only UK charity dedicated to supporting those who experience tinnitus, has launched a dedicated online forum for professionals working in the NHS who treat people with tinnitus.

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As the UK’s leading authority on tinnitus, the forum is a further extension to our existing services for professionals. We endeavour to offer a comprehensive range of information and resources to enable those consulting tinnitus patients.

The forum, which will be hosted on the British Tinnitus Association’s website, has been created in response to many requests from those working in the field. A need was identified to provide professionals with a space where they can share ideas, best practice and discuss the challenges faced in the field.

The BTA already offers extensive resources for professionals, including Tinnitus Adviser Training, an Annual Conference, an extensive range of free publications and updates on tinnitus research. Many of these are available free of charge on the BTA website.

The forum has been created to provide a unique, confidential, tinnitus focussed resource for professionals working in the NHS.

To access the new forum, professionals must first register on the website http://www.tinnitus.org.uk and then join the forum at http://www.tinnitus.org.uk/forums/5.

David Stockdale, CEO of the British Tinnitus Association, said: “As the UK’s leading authority on tinnitus, the forum is a further extension to our existing services for professionals. We endeavour to offer a comprehensive range of information and resources to enable those consulting tinnitus patients are as well informed about the condition as possible.”

Not an illness or disease, tinnitus is a term that describes the sensation of hearing a noise in the absence of an external sound. The noise can have virtually any quality. Ringing, whistling, and buzzing are common, but more complex sounds may also be reported. Troublesome tinnitus can be very distressing for the affected individual, and issues may arise with sleep, concentration and mood. However, in many cases, subtle changes in people’s environment can address these issues, and improve quality of life.

The BTA was set up as an independent charity in 1991 and now supports thousands of tinnitus sufferers and advises medical professionals from across the world.

The British Tinnitus Association strives to be the primary source of support and information for people with tinnitus in the UK, thereby facilitating an improved quality of life. It aims to encourage prevention through its educational programme and to seek a cure for permanent head noise through a medical research programme.

The experienced team at the BTA understands the impact that tinnitus can have on the lives of sufferers and those who live with them, so provides the most appropriate and expert advice and information free of charge – via a free helpline on 0800 018 0527 and online at http://www.tinnitus.org.uk. The BTA also offers printed information and audio support via post.

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