Tinnitus Support Group
|Alistair Wylie||0787 948 3489|
I've been suffering from tinnitus in the form of a piercing high-pitched whistle, mostly in my left ear, for almost five years. This never stops for a second, and affects my quality of life a lot. So I've joined the British Tinnitus Association to find out more about other people's experience of tinnitus, and find out whether anything can be done.
BTA is an independent charity who raise funds to support research into tinnitus and give advice and support to sufferers. I attended their annual "Expo" in September 2019 in London, and found it friendly and helpful.
They coordinate local support groups to allow people to exchange their experience of tinnitus, and also what they've learned about it and how to deal with it. And they can even provide small amounts of funding to pay for meeting rooms and expert speakers. There is no support group in Chepstow, so I thought of starting one.
My first step has been to set up a tinnitus support group within Chepstow U3A. Our first meeting took place on November 22nd 2019, and we agreed to continue to meet in two ways:
1. We will join in with the BTA's support group in Bradley Stoke, who meet every two months. That group is run by two audiologists and I attended one in October and found it very friendly and informative. Their next meeting is on March 7th, at Christ the King Church in Bradley Stoke.
2. We will continue our own U3A meetings to share our experiences and share what we have learned during the months that Bradley Stoke do not meet. I will provide any information I have from my contacts within the BTA. This will probably continue on the fourth Friday in the month and be in the upper room at Tiffins. The next one will be on January 24th at 11am
Please note: I do not have any medical training or counselling experience, so I can only offer to convene meetings where members are happy to contribute by describing their own experience and listening sympathetically to others. If this works well, and if members agree, I will look into register the group with the BTA in the longer term.