New Forth Valley support group for those with tinnitus

A new group to support people in Forth Valley with tinnitus is being formed.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 4:30 pm
The new tinnitus support group is being organised by Forth Valley Sensory Centre. Picture: Michael Gillen.

Organised by Forth Valley Sensory Centre, the group which is for those living across Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire, will host its first meeting on Tuesday, April 27.

This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom, starting at noon, but it is hoped meetings in future will be able to take place in person.

The sensory centre in Camelon has been supporting people with mild to severe hearing impairments for over 15 years.

The first meeting will take place online via Zoom.

Linsey Stocks, groups and activities co-ordinator, said: “Tinnitus is a big issue for many people.

"The centre supports people with all kinds of hearing impairment as well as blind and partially sighted people too.

"A number of medical conditions can affect sight and also hearing, with tinnitus being a common problem.

"We are delighted to be able to set up this new group to support those of all ages trying to cope with this particular issue.

"Thanks to British Tinnitus Association for their support in getting this off the ground.

"We hope it will be a great resource for the community.”

Tinnitus is defined as the experience of sounds with no external source, most commonly ringing or buzzing, but sometimes experienced as whooshing, clicking or even music.

Many people aren’t troubled by sounds they hear, but for around ten percent, the conditioin has a significant impact on their quality of life, often linked to stress, anxiety or sometimes depression.

Colette Bunker, head of services for the British Tinnitus Association, said: “Tinnitus can be an isolating condition, with friends and family struggling to understand how it feels to adapt to the presence of loud or persistent noises.

"Some people choose to bring a partner or family member to the meetings, which can often help both parties understand more about the condition and the experiences or behaviours it can bring.”

To find out more about the new support group email [email protected] or visit the website here.

The centre can also be found on social media – search for Forth Valley Sensory Centre on Facebook or @FVSensoryCentre on Twitter.