Musicians Drum Up Support for Tinnitus Awareness
|Author: JennyPearce||Published: 6th February 2012 13:24|
National Tinnitus Awareness Week (6-12 February), organised by the British Tinnitus Association (BTA), the only UK charity dedicated to supporting those with tinnitus, kick-starts today. The 2012 campaign has been given a boost thanks to the support of a number of high profile musicians and DJs, all of whom experience tinnitus, who have pledged their support and recorded a video revealing detail of their experiences of tinnitus.
BTA Ambassador Eddy Temple Morris, a professional musician, DJ, producer and radio presenter, has headed up an appeal to get the support of musicians and DJs for this year's Tinnitus Awareness Week campaign.
He has secured the support of leading UK acts including music producer, DJ and co-founder of Breakbeat Kaos Adam F (aka Adam Fenton), music producer and DJ ‘Om Unit' (aka Jim Coles), Mike Burgess, one half of music production and DJ duo ‘HeavyFeet', Mark Baker, of ‘We Take Polaroids', Breakbeat, dub and electronica DJ Darin McFeyden (aka ‘FreQ Nasty'), and guitarist Paul Abbott. The videos are available to view at www.tinnitus.org.uk/video-diaries.
Eddy Temple Morris, who has supported the BTA for three years, explains why he supports the BTA's campaign: "As well as knowing first-hand how hard it can be to cope with the constant high-pitched noise in my ears, I also know countless DJs, musicians and music lovers who are affected by tinnitus as a result of exposure to loud music. While we are all now aware of the dangers and take precautions, such as using specialist ear plugs to reduce the impact of loud music and prevent further hearing damage, ultimately we are resigned to a life with tinnitus. So are many thousands of others who make up the massive 10% of the UK's population who experience tinnitus. It is a travesty to think that so many of these cases could have been prevented through better tinnitus awareness."
Not an illness or disease, tinnitus is a term that describes the sensation of hearing a noise in the absence of an external sound. The noise can have virtually any quality. Ringing, whistling, and buzzing are common, but more complex sounds may also be reported. Troublesome tinnitus can be very distressing for the affected individual, and issues may arise with sleep, concentration and mood. However, in many cases, subtle changes in people's environment can address these issues, and improve quality of life.
About the BTA
The BTA is an independent charity which supports thousands of people who experience tinnitus and advises medical professionals from across the world.
The British Tinnitus Association strives to be the primary source of support and information for people with tinnitus in the UK, thereby facilitating an improved quality of life. It aims to encourage prevention through its educational programme and to seek a cure for permanent head noise through a medical research programme.
The experienced team at the BTA understands the impact that tinnitus can have on the lives of those who experience tinnitus and those who live with them, so seeks to provides the most appropriate and expert advice and information free of charge - via a confidential freephone helpline on 0800 018 0527 and online at www.tinnitus.org.uk. The BTA can also post printed and audio information and advice.
Visit the BTA's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishTinnitusAssociation and follow the BTA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BritishTinnitus
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