According to studies, up to 70% of people aged 18 to 35, including many musicians and live music lovers, have experienced tinnitus at some point.
This statistic, among others, is just one fact organisers of Tinnitus Awareness Week want more people to know about.
Soundfair, a national charity that runs the Tinnitus Australia Initiative, has designed this year’s Tinnitus Awareness Week campaign to encourage people to bring their experiences of Tinnitus with the people around them.
The music industry, with its loud environments and prolonged noise exposure, poses a particular risk for tinnitus.
Musicians, sound engineers, and concertgoers are most susceptible to developing the condition. Despite the joy and passion that music brings, the toll it can take on one’s hearing is a sobering reality.
Dr. Emma Laird, a tinnitus sufferer herself and leader of the Tinnitus Australia initiative, emphasizes the importance of raising awareness and providing support within the music community.
“As someone who supports people with distressing tinnitus and who has tinnitus myself, this Tinnitus Awareness Week, I want people to know that they are not alone,” Dr. Laird said.
“Many people who are living with tinnitus are made to feel crazy, or silly for feeling overwhelmed or upset about tinnitus. There is support and management available, there is hope.”
During Tinnitus Awareness Week, efforts are being made to reach out to musicians, sound technicians, and music enthusiasts, offering resources and guidance on protecting their hearing health. The campaign encourages dialogue about tinnitus within the music community, emphasizing the importance of early intervention and access to unbiased information.
Tinnitus Awareness Week kicks off today, 5 February, until Sunday, 11 February. To find out more or donate to the organisation visit tinnitusaustralia.org.au.