Recently, Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid opened up about a health condition she has been battling for over a decade, in a candid Twitter admission.
The 47-year-old revealed to her followers online that she suffers from tinnitus – the name given for hearing noises in your ears that don’t come from outside sources.
She wrote on her Twitter, ‘My tinnitus is so loud right now. The noise you used to hear when TV programming finished at the end of the day? That. In my head.’
Fans were quick to share their sympathy with the star, revealing their own battles with the debilitating condition. One user wrote, ‘Tinnitus is the worst, I have it mild from touring in bands, really feelnfor you, it can be horrendous xxxx’.
While another commented on the post saying, ‘I hate it and feel your pain! for 35 years its driven me insane! I would give anything for peace and quite x’.
However, it’s not the first time, Susanna has discussed her tinnitus. She opened up about the condition in 2015, after revealing that she first experienced it after welcoming her second son Finn, who is now 13.
On GMB, she said, “When I first started hearing it, which was probably about ten years ago, I became quite distressed that I would never hear silence again.”
Later on the next day, Susanna thanked fans for their messages revealing that it had been a ‘bad day’ for her tinnitus. She also directed sufferers towards the British Tinnitus Association, an organisation helping people to deal with the condition.
She wrote, ‘Thank you lovely people. Yesterday was a bad tinnitus day, but I can deal with it mostly. If anyone out there needs support please contact @BritishTinnitus who have lots of good advice.’
It’s thought that tinnitus affects 1 in five British adults, and is often described as a ‘whooshing’, buzzing, or ringing in your ears. The sounds might not be heard all the time, and can be felt in one, or in both ears, depending on the sufferer.
The NHS advises visiting your doctor if you are experiencing tinnitus, as it may be caused by something they can fix, such as an ear infection.
However, tinnitus is persistent for some patients, and there is no straightforward cure as of yet. The NHS states though that deep breathing or yoga can help ease the problem, as can joining a tinnitus support group to speak to people who are going through the same issue.
They also suggest that you don’t sit in total silence with tinnitus, instead listening to calming music or sounds to help take your mind off the ringing.