The End to an Amazing Week of Tinnitus Awareness In this blog, Emily Broomhead, Campaign's Manager for the BTA, says a big thank you to everyone who has been involved, and made it so successful. Tinnitus Week 2018 has been pretty amazing. The interaction on social media has been wonderful, especially for the Thunderclap which has been beyond our wildest hopes and dreams. We reached over 2.6 Million people on Friday 9 February which is just staggering. We were delighted to send out lots of information packs across the UK, and it was wonderful to see all the events being held. Working internationally this year has meant we have been able to reach even more people. Massive thanks go to colleagues at Tinnitus Hub, Tinnitus Research Initiative and the American Tinnitus Association and every organisation who got involved across the world. The new Tinnitus Week website www.tinnitusweek.com has been an excellent initiative showing the support for people with tinnitus across the world. We hope to go from strength to strength with this in 2019, getting even more organisations involved. We’ve had the most amazing support from three young people, Amy, Izzy and George, and their families, who have each been brave enough to do media interviews and speak out about how the condition affects them. In doing so, we hope this will help other young people who might not know what tinnitus is or how to explain it to their parents, friends and teachers. Massive thanks to their parents and teachers for their support. New plans Moving forward we at the BTA, are now raising funds so that we bring our children’s information booklets to life, so they can reach a new audience of children on social media channels such as YouTube. We hope to be able to work towards making sure that no child with tinnitus feels they are alone. Full details on the children with tinnitus appeal. Huge thanks to each and every person who has shared the story, their knowledge and their experience, you’ve enabled us to bring Tinnitus week to life. Sharing your stories and opinions really has meant we can include everyone in the conversation, raising much-needed awareness of tinnitus. I think it’s been amazing and we are so grateful to everyone who has shown their support for the campaign because, without you, we really couldn’t do it. Moving forward If you would like to get involved with Tinnitus Week 2019, keep an eye out in the campaigns section of the website. And if you would like to be involved in 2019, or have feedback about 2018, please do get in touch with me by email at [email protected] or on 0114 250 9933. Always here to help Please remember, the British Tinnitus Association is here all year to support you if you need help with tinnitus. Whatever your age. We are fighting for a cure and will continue to push until one is found. In the meantime, we will continue to support you to manage the condition and to create information and resources including UK wide events to enable you to understand and manage tinnitus better. Our next free Tinnitus Information day is taking place in April in Norwich. For full details see www.tinnitus.org.uk/Event/norwich. As you may be aware, our services include the freephone helpline 0800 018 0527 (Monday-Friday 9 to 5 pm), helpline email [email protected], our main website www.tinnitus.org.uk which is packed with information on all areas including research and fundraising, our e-learning website www.takeontinnitus.co.uk, our tinnitus prevention site www.plugem.co.uk, or our forum https://healthunlocked.com/bta. P.S On 15th September 2018, we will be holding the UK's first ever ‘Talking Tinnitus UK Expo’ in Birmingham. It’s set to be an amazing event. You can find out all about it here, and we really hope you will come along and join us for what is set to be an incredible, informative and exciting day. Thank you all again for your support this week, we appreciate it more than you know.