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Welcome to the North Derbyshire Tinnitus Support Group

Welcome to the Blog page of the North Derbyshire Tinnitus Support Group. We have
provided advice and support for those experiencing tinnitus for over 20 years. We are a voluntary group and
work independently, although we are fortunate to be linked to the Derbyshire TRUST network.
 
We are a small group, with three Lay Counsellors (who have undertaken the BTA's lay counselling course) and our co-ordinator who has undertaken the BTA's Tinnitus Adviser Training Course.  Although our three lay counsellors experience tinnitus they successfully manage it and can offer you support to do the same. 
 
The majority of calls we recieve are from those who experience tinnitus for the first time, or have
found us following a visit to the local Audiology Department or GP.
 
On the blog are two examples of 'life stories' from members of the group. Both myself and Audrey have
found ways to cope with our tinnitus; however, the background sounds are still there but for most of
the time we hardly notice the noises.
 
We deal with all age groups and provide a first stop support and advice point. Maybe, we are the first
time anyone has listened to those experiencing tinnitus explaining their fears and problems, and empathising
with what I felt, 'a wall climbing state'. We are good listeners and can suggest ways, ideas or others
to help. We recieve calls from across the UK and even from abroad: the furthest being Australia.
 
Usually, there are three questions asked:
 
 1. Have you got tinnitus: do you know what it is like at 3am in the morning?
 2, How can you get a good night's sleep, let alone relax and go to work?
 3, Is there a cure?
 
While dealing with these and other issues, we offer ongoing support and those with tinnitus can call
back as many times as they like.
 
Tinnitus support is very patchy across the country. Ten years ago there were 134 support groups, now
there are about 34 groups plus help through charities like the BTA and Action on Hearing (formerly RIND).
 
Whilst there is no cure, we often highlight an opportunity to reflect on your own lifestyle and maybe find
ways of improving this or ways to reduce and manage stress.