Northern Ireland

'One in five' have tinnitus in NI, says charity

Finger in ear
Image caption Tinnitus is ringing or buzzing in the head or ears

It is estimated up to 20% of people in Northern Ireland suffer from tinnitus - ringing or buzzing in the head or ears.

A recent survey revealed almost 9,000 people found the condition made their life unbearable and had a significant impact on their mental health.

RNID, the charity which represents deaf people, said it is a hidden, distressing condition.

While there is no cure, they want sufferers to have access to more professional help and support.

The charity's Claire Lavery said: "There's a range of therapies that can provide help for people - psychological approaches to tinnitus, cognative behavioural therapy for example.

"People can learn relaxation techniques, they can learn a lot from information about what it is causes tinnitus and how the ear works for example and they can buy products that can mask the sound."

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