Voluntary Sector: RNID tackles 'misconceptions' around tinnitus

The Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID) is to attempt to dispel the myth that tinnitus has a psychological cause.

It has teamed up with the British Tinnitus Association and Action for Tinnitus Research to raise the profile of Tinnitus Awareness Day on 22 March.

'There are a lot of misconceptions about the cause of tinnitus,' said RNID senior media relations manager Sherylin Thompson. 'Some say it's all in the mind, that people are just hearing noises; but we know there is a physical cause - we just don't know enough about how to treat it.'

The charity intends to raise awareness about treatment and educate the public.

It plans to publicise research showing that ten per cent of the adult population have experienced tinnitus at some point, such as immediately after leaving a nightclub.

Regional press with be targeted with statistics on the prevalence of tinnitus. Music and healthcare publications will also be approached.

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