Last updated on 15 April 2016
Most Audiologists and Hearing Therapists believe local Support Groups have much to offer, especially if linked with their local tinnitus clinic. The benefits of self help groups are that they may provide hope to others and act as a local action group (check posters are displayed in GP clinics, provide local support to local people unable to get to meetings or use the internet, hold coffee mornings and sponsored events, assist with information stands at local events). They may also campaign with their PCT for better tinnitus support and reduced waiting lists.
However, the primary purpose of these groups is mutual support. Members swap ideas and encourage each other, discussing their problems and worries in a supportive environment.
We recently asked members of one local group how they felt about being a member:
- “I find the group sessions very useful. It is good to share experiences, thoughts and feelings. I feel encouraged and I actively try to deal with the feelings that my tinnitus brings. I try to incorporate the suggestions from other group members.”
- “I feel that I have become more confident since I joined the group. I am very pleased to be a part of this group. When I am busy and happy I am less aware of my tinnitus.”
- “I am pleased to have joined this group. It gives me a lot of self-confidence and is very informative. It makes me feel good that I am not the only one.”
- “It helps to be able to talk about my situation and to hear what happens to others. It also feels good to share tips and get positive feedback when something helps someone else.”
If you are interested in starting a self help group, please contact Dave Carr on 0114 250 9933 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There may be a group in your area already, but if not Dave can help you get started.
The Groups listed in our Directory are run by volunteers, the majority of whom have experience of tinnitus, and can therefore provide support. Many groups have speakers at meetings and organise other events.
It helps to be able to talk about my situation and to hear what happens to others