Tinnitus Week 4-10 February Tinnitus Week 2019 takes place from 4- 10 February and this year’s theme is Tinnitus and Isolation. We often hear callers to the helpline, or delegates at events speak about how alone they feel with the condition. Our Chief Executive, David Stockdale says: “When people hear the word tinnitus, they tend to only think about the condition’s main symptom – the noise people hear in their ears or their head. However, the wider impact tinnitus can have on people’s lives is less understood by the public and GPs alike. Many people feel isolated and unable to talk to their loved ones, friends or colleagues about their condition and we want this to change”. During Tinnitus Week, we’ll be trying as hard as possible to reach even more people in new ways, in the hope of helping them feel less isolated. Here are some of the details: HELPLINE - On Tuesday 5 February, as a one off, for the first time ever, we’ll be keeping our helpline open overnight, in order to be available to speak to people with tinnitus who are struggling and can’t sleep PODCAST - On Wednesday 6 February, we’ll be sharing our first ever podcast, talking with experts and people with tinnitus, about how relationships can be affected by tinnitus and giving advice and tips on what to do when relationships are affected SOCIAL TIPS - On Thursday 7 February we’ll be sharing ideas from people with tinnitus about how to ensure the condition doesn’t impact on social situations, hoping to inspire those who may be struggling, to keep getting out, meeting friends and not letting tinnitus take over SUPPORT GROUPS - And on Friday 8 February, we'll be highlighting the amazing support available across the UK at over 100 tinnitus support groups. In the run up to, and throughout the week we will be highlighting many of the group meetings taking place during Tinnitus Week, so do keep an eye on social media for details Please help us reach more people Social Media Users We've designed this image, which we hope you will use on social media to show your support. The image can be downloaded by right clicking on the link or saving the image, and is for use during Tinnitus Week (4-10 February). We'd love you to share your tinnitus message on social, along with this image and the hashtag #TinnitusWeek. The message could be about: How tinnitus impacts you How you manage the condition Thanking to someone who has helped you Reassuring others that they aren't alone Please remember to use the hashtag #TinnitusWeek so we can look out for it and share, like or Retweet. You can find us via BritishTinnitusAssociation on Facebook/Instagram and @BritishTinnitus on Twitter. If don’t follow us, please do, as we regularly post and it’s a great way to find out what’s going on in the tinnitus world. Not on social, you can still help us We also have a poster, A3 and A4 which can be downloaded here, or a paper copy can be requested. If you can help this by displaying it locally, maybe asking to have it put up at the library, or at your GP surgery, or a local shop, pub, community centre or supermarket. By doing this you will really hep us reach more people. If you would like a copy sending, please email us at [email protected] with your name and address and the size you would prefer sending. Posters will be available until 31 January (and until we run out!) Thank you in advance because we really do need your help to get to as many people as possible. More details? Keep an eye on our site Please keep an eye on the website for more information during Tinnitus Week as each day we will have something happening which we hope you will find interesting and informative. We'll also be posting on social media, so if you use Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, please follow us and do keep checking for posts. We hope you’ll find this Tinnitus Week really interesting and informative; and remember we are here if you need help. You’re not alone.