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Local NHS trust supporting tinnitus awareness campaign

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The local community NHS trust is supporting this year’s Tinnitus Awareness Week (TAW) which takes place between 8 -14 February - and this year is focused on tinnitus prevention.

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust (HRCH) is committed to helping people to avoid hearing loss – and their innovative audiology team provides patients with custom-made ear plugs for protection against loud music and hearing loss.

HRCH - who were recently awarded the only nationally recognised quality assurance scheme available for audiology services in the UK – are one of the only NHS trusts in the UK to provide custom-made ear plugs for musicians and at a much cheaper price than those provided by private companies.

Loud music is a major cause of hearing damage and can lead to premature hearing loss, tinnitus and hyperacusis (reduced tolerance to sounds).Hearing damage cannot always be reversed and many people are not aware of this risk and do not take preventative measures.

Geeta Ubhayakar, HRCH’s audiology services manager, said: “One of the best ways HRCH can prepare for Tinnitus Awareness Week is to highlight the range of custom-made earplugs for musicians that our audiology team can offer for local patients in Hounslow and Richmond.

She said. “As tinnitus is most prevalent in patients who are musicians, DJs and festival-goers, the trust has introduced these earplugs to meet the needs of these people most at risk of exposing their hearing to dangerously high decibel sounds. They can still continue doing what they love but without the potential risks and also while looking after their hearing.”

The British Tinnitus Association website also has information about the services it provides and how it helps fund research, provides training and free information days for people with tinnitus and those who support people who have the condition. Visit www.tinnitus.org.uk

HRCH’s audiology team and the custom-made ear plugs

HRCH’s audiology team provide a range of noise reduction ear plugs that are custom made to fit the shape of your ears and suit the type of noise levels you are exposed to. They are also reusable and washable.

They offer ear plugs with filters or without filters for musicians. These are designed specifically for people who need to reduce volume whilst maximising the frequency range and quality of audio they hear.

The audiology team also offer ear defenders with filters or without filters. These are aimed at people who need to reduce audible volume at gigs, night clubs, concerts, loud sporting events or working in loud environments. They are perfect for noise reduction when out and about in loud or noisy environments as they limit harmful levels of noise to safe levels.

To find out more about the products on offer, including pricing, visit www.hrch.nhs.uk/audiology and click on the 'Ear plugs & moulds' tab or  book an appointment and make a purchase by calling 020 8714 4108 or 020 8630 3337.