Tinnitus Awareness Week will take place from Monday 6th until
Sunday 12th February 2012. The 2012 campaign will aim to encourage better
tinnitus awareness among primary care practitioners and GPs, as well as among
the general public.
Tinnitus is a term that describes the sensation of hearing a
noise in the absence of an external sound and it is experienced by
approximately 10% of the population in the UK.
The BTA will be striving to ensure that primary care
practitioners are able to gain an improved understanding about tinnitus and of
the services available in secondary care. As part of Tinnitus Awareness Week
the charity has produced ‘Top Ten Tinnitus Tips for GPs’, which is available to
download from www.tinnitus.org.uk/TAW2012.
Members of the public are being encouraged to use and share this with their local
GPs to encourage improved awareness and understanding of tinnitus.
A recent study into the practice of care for tinnitus among
General Practitioners1 in England identified that many GPs have an unmet need
for specific GP training on tinnitus management. The BTA believes this situation
is leading to inconsistent and inadequate advice being given to tinnitus
patients throughout the country, and is resulting in widespread dissatisfaction
and unnecessary distress among many of the 10% of the population who experience
David Stockdale, CEO of the British Tinnitus Association,
said: “Thousands of tinnitus patients are being short-changed by their GPs.
They are being either completely dismissed, told to ‘learn to live with’ the condition
and are being given inaccurate information, or are not being referred to
tinnitus clinics for specialist care. Tinnitus is poorly-understood among many
primary care practitioners, and we aim to readdress this problem during our
Tinnitus Awareness Week campaign so that more tinnitus patients are given
accurate advice and are referred to authoritative information widely available
via the BTA, the NHS and other sources.”
Private treatment news: 21 January 2012