We are delighted to announce that Stephen Holt, lead singer of Manchester based band Inspiral Carpets, has become an Ambassador for our tinnitus prevention campaign Plug’em.

Stephen is supporting the campaign because he is keen to raise awareness in others about the need to protect hearing, stating: “Tinnitus is not a rock n roll badge of honour. It can have a serious effect on your life. Everyone from musicians to members of the audience and those working in loud venues need to look after their hearing when playing or listening to music”.

The Plug’em campaign has been running for the past 18 months gaining support from other well-known musicians such as Mark Ronson and Anne Savage, who themselves have both had tinnitus for a number of years.

BTA Campaign’s Manager Emily Broomhead said: “We are delighted to have Stephen’s support as an Ambassador for Plug’em. As a musician he is all too well aware of the issues of tinnitus and the vital need to protect hearing from unsafe levels of sound at gigs, clubs and festivals. Having his support to help raise further awareness amongst those who may be at risk is a real bonus for us and we are delighted to have him on board”.

Stephen said: “It's an absolute pleasure and honour for me to be asked to become an Ambassador for the BTA’s Plug’em campaign, as raising awareness of tinnitus is extremely important to me following the death of my friend and band mate Craig Gill who'd been a long-term sufferer. We all need to become more aware of the damage exposure to loud music can cause to our hearing and the effect tinnitus can have on the mental health of sufferers.

You can find out more about the Plug’em campaign at www.plugem.co.uk or follow on social media at: @Plug_em (Twitter) and www.fb.com/plugemuk (Facebook)