Organisations from across the world have joined together this week to raise awareness of tinnitus. Tinnitus Week is an annual, global event dedicated to raising awareness about tinnitus and its impact on people’s lives. This year, our colleagues at the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) are campaigning to raise awareness about tinnitus in children and young people.
Research suggests that around one in thirty children experiences troublesome tinnitus. Children report problems such as difficulties sleeping and problems concentrating at school. These problems can have a significant impact on a child’s wellbeing and day-to-day life. Harriet Smith is a PhD student at the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre working on this topic. Harriet’s project is funded by the BTA and will involve the development of a child-specific clinical questionnaire to measure tinnitus in children. The questionnaire will be a tool to help health professionals measure the impact tinnitus is having on the child. This will support decisions about treatment options and confirm if treatment is having the desired effect. For more information, read Harriet's blog post at: https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/n-blog.
The British Tinnitus Association have produced special activity books tailored for children in Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Key Stages 3 and 4. These are to help children share and express their experiences of tinnitus and to understand more about asking for help. Details of these resources and more can be found at: www.tinnitus.org.uk/Pages/Category/tinnitus-in-children.