MP backs tinnitus services

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A POLITICIAN is backing a campaign calling for services supporting tinnitus sufferers to be safeguarded.

Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West, gave her support to Action on Hearing Loss.

It has called on NHS commissioners to protect essential services, such as hearing therapy and ear, nose and throat (ENT) treatments which help people manage tinnitus.

The MP also checked the volume at which she listens to her personal music player by having its sound level tested.

All new personal music players in the European Union will have a safe default volume of 85 decibels from this month onwards, and the charity is encouraging people not to override the setting.

Mrs Hodgson said: “Around 10 per cent of adults have mild tinnitus, which can have debilitating effects on sleep, personal relationships, work and mental health.

“With that in mind, it’s important that music lovers across Washington and Sunderland West reduce the risk of developing the condition by listening to their music players at safe sound levels.

“It’s also vital that local people with tinnitus have quick access to life-changing support, so I’m delighted to back Action on Hearing Loss’s call for local ENT and hearing therapy services to be protected.”