Managing Hearing Loss and Tinnitus During COVID-19
Struggling to hear when on the phone? Neighbours complaining you have your TV a bit too loud? Asking others to repeat themselves a lot? You may be one of the 12 million individuals experiencing hearing loss.
Hearing loss can be caused by a range of factors including wax, infection, noise exposure or aging.
Another form of hearing impairment is Tinnitus. Tinnitus is a noise in one or both ears that has no external source. People describe their tinnitus as a ringing, buzzing, whistling or a range of other sounds.
If you are concerned you may be developing hearing loss or Tinnitus, you should contact your GP.
For many, hearing loss can be life changing and can have a profound effect on their mental health. Research shows 1 in 2 people with hearing loss will struggle with their mental health during their lifetime, compared to 1 in 4 of the general public. Often, it is not the condition itself but societal and cultural factors, such as communication and stigmatised attitudes, that can lead to isolation and loneliness.
It is important to look after our mental health and wellbeing at the current time and to support those who may be struggling with a hearing impairment. If you or someone you know is struggling with hearing loss and you feel it is having a negative impact on your mental health, check out these resources for additional support:
- Mental Health and Hearing Loss: RNID’s resources dedicated to mental health
- Mental Health and Tinnitus: British Tinnitus Association
- Mental Health support for BSL users (including a crisis text service): Sign Health, Shout
- General resources about Mental Health and coronavirus: Mind, Mental Health Foundation, Samaritans, NHS Every Mind Matters
RNID - Managing Hearing Loss and Tinnitus During Covid-19 Information Pack