Seven million Britons, including Susanna Reid and Chris Martin of Coldplay, suffer from tinnitus
Tinnitus causes one in seven patients to have suicidal thoughts, research suggests, as more than seven million Britons, including Susanna Reid and Chris Martin, experience ringing or relentless ringing in their ears
- Tinnitus is a condition that can cause patients to ring or ring in the ears.
- People hear sounds similar to those of a dentist, fire alarm or jet engine in their ears
- But 15 percent of patients said their condition had led to suicidal thoughts.
Research has found that relentless tinnitus causes one in seven patients to have suicidal thoughts.
The condition, which can cause ringing or ringing in the ears as loud as a jet engine, affects 7.1 million Britons.
Victims include the Daily Mail columnist and Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid, Coldplay singer Chris Martin and Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am.
The British Tinnitus Association’s investigation found that 15 percent of patients said the condition had led to suicidal thoughts.
Black Eyed Peas star, will.i.am, suffers from tinnitis. It can be caused by normal hearing loss caused by aging or loud noise, so music stars are vulnerable.
One in five told the charity that they think “every few minutes” or “every waking moment.”
The BTA now asks for more funding to find a cure. There are currently few treatments, and doctors can usually only recommend hearing aids, recorded sounds or counseling and relaxation techniques, which do not work for everyone.
The victims include the Daily Mail columnist and the Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid. She is shown above at the National Television Awards 2020 last week
Hearing aids can help because experts believe that when people can’t hear their brain properly, they create their own internal noise to fill the silence.
David Stockdale, of the BTA, said: ‘It is a farce that tinnitus, with its enormous impact on mental health, receives 40 times less funds than comparable conditions such as depression or hearing loss. We need more research to help find a cure and to find ways to properly diagnose tinnitus. “
Tinnitus affects people 55 to 75 years more.
It can be caused by normal hearing loss caused by aging or loud noise, so music stars are vulnerable.
It can also affect people after car accidents or head injuries.
The BTA surveyed 1,620 patients and found that 57% had lived with tinnitus for more than five years. Half said they felt sad more often since they developed tinnitus.
People described hearing sounds similar to those of a dentist, fire alarm, jet engine and cymbals in their ears, and women are more likely to hear multiple sounds.
Alternatives to hearing aids include distracting recorded noises, such as wind and sea sounds, or attempts to control stress with yoga, mindfulness or advice.
The mother of two children, Claire Eveleigh, 34, told how she suffered suicidal thoughts after developing tinnitus last July, apparently caused by listening to music at home.
The hairdresser, from New Milton, Hampshire, said every day since she was forced to deal with a deep ringing in her ears and a high-pitched squeak.
Miss Eveleigh said: ‘I was very scared and I thought that my two young children would be better off without me. I could not focus on them. I was too worried listening to these horrible sounds. “
She added: “There is no peace, you cannot escape it, it is with you wherever you go, all day.” Now she does yoga and meditation to try to cope.
The BTA requests £ 7.5 million a year, one hundredth of the cost of tinnitus treatment, which will be spent on research to find a cure, and has established a petition on the website change.org.
For confidential support, call the Samaritans at 116 123 or go to the website www.samaritans.org
People described hearing sounds similar to those of a dentist, fire alarm, jet engine and cymbals in their ears, and women are more likely to hear multiple sounds. [File photo]