“Tinnitus can be defined as the perception of a noise/sound that originates in the head or ears of its owner.”

Those living with the condition may have to endure a ringing, buzzing, hissing, whistling, clicking, pulsing or other noise.

It is important to understand that 90% of people will report hearing internal sounds at some time or other and this is normal.  It is only when the tinnitus becomes persistent or troublesome that help is sought (about 5% of people).

Find out more about Tinnitus on www.nhs.uk


Support available


  • You should visit your GP if:
    • you have Tinnitus regularly or constantly
    • your Tinnitus is getting worse
    • if your Tinnitus is bothering you


  • The department runs a monthly group session offering:
    • information about tinnitus awareness and some of its causes
    • information on practical ways to relieve tinnitus
    • information on options for further treatment
    • opportunity to meet other people affected by tinnitus
    • free leaflets and CDs to take away
    • one to one counselling sessions, tailored to the individual’s needs


  • The Emotional Wellbeing Service offers lots of therapies for mental health that you can access in a friendly, confidential environment:


  • Take on Tinnitus – an invaluable online resource designed to help patients better understand tinnitus and offer practical ways that could help to relieve their tinnitus – rated by 85% of users as useful or very useful.


  • Helpline – confidential information and advice from a member of the British Tinnitus Association team (9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday):


  • Support groups – if you would like to join an independent tinnitus support group or would like more information then please contact:


“Take on Tinnitus and the BTA took me from lying in bed – feeling hopeless – to getting me on my feet, making me feel like there was a future. It offers a wise, balanced message which encourages you to live your life while being aware of how to manage the condition. It offers an unbelievably valuable service to people who may feel very vulnerable. I don’t know what I would have done without it.”
– John