Bute residents are being reminded that Tinnitus Awareness Week 2014 runs from February 3-9.
The purpose of the week is to bring the condition of noises heard in the head and/or ears to the attention of thousands across the UK.
With at least one in ten people in the UK affected Tinnitus is often referred to as the unseen condition, which can cause distress to individuals of any age. It can be mild to severe and can affect sleep and concentration. It can also, in some cases, leads to anxiety and depression. At this time there is currently no cure.
During the awareness week people are being encouraged to talk about the condition and will also be signposted to where they can get more information and help if needed.
Karen Williamson, NHS Highland Head of Audiology, explained that Tinnitus is not a disease or an illness, but a symptom generated within the auditory system.
She said: “Tinnitus is the perception of noises in the head and/or the ears which has no external source. The noise may be in one or both ears, or in the head, or it may be difficult to pinpoint its exact location.
“The sound varies from one person to another but it could be ringing, whistling, buzzing or humming. It can be low, medium or high pitched. It could be a single noise or two or more components and it could be continuous or it may come and go.
“Tinnitus is known to be one of the most common health problems facing the UK today, many think it is something you are affected with once you are older but experiences of Tinnitus is very common in all age groups, especially following exposure to loud noise. About 10-20 per cent of the population have it all the time and about one fifth of these find it distressing.”
For information and support, visit The British Tinnitus Association by clicking here or phone 0800 018 0527.