THE FACTS Millions of people worldwide suffer from tinnitus - often popularly known as "ringing in the ears". Musicians are particularly at risk and many well known artists, including Noel Gallagher, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Sting, Will.I.am, Neil Young, Cher, Pete Townshend, Gary Newman and many more are sufferers. Tinnitus affects anyone exposed to loud noise and those in the Armed Forces, construction workers, concert goers and a generation of iPod users are at risk. It is an upsetting condition that can lead to very serious depression and feelings of hopelessness and in some cases it leads to suicide. It is estimated that one in ten people suffer from this condition to a lesser or greater degree.
THE WORK Music Aid launched its Tinnitus Foundation to provide resoursces, help and support to sufferers, to report on new discoveries, and to encourage and fund research into this condition. Music Aid is committed to educating musicians, music lovers, venue owners, events organisersand local authorities on the dangers of loud noise and to try and find a cure for this distressing condition.
THE RISK Everyone is at risk of developing tinnitus when they visit an event with very loud music. At present there is no cure and once your hearing is damaged it is damaged for life. Music Aid wants to see the introduction of strict public event guidelines and new laws and legal recourse and compensation for victims who have had their health and hearing damaged by irresponsible organisers who have exposed victims to music at above the known sound danger levels..
RESOURCES AND LINKS Return soon to see how the project progresses. In the meantime here are some links to some of Music Aid's favorite tinnitus resources and websites: