A Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Trinity University is speaking at a Leeds networking and support session for people with tinnitus.
Dr James Jackson will be speaking on behalf of the British Tinnitus Association at the Leeds Tinnitus Support event this month, designed to connect people with tinnitus within an informative and supportive environment. The support session will encourage attendees to learn about the condition and talk about their experiences with academics, researchers, healthcare professionals and individuals with tinnitus.
Dr Jackson said: "People need to know that they aren't alone in being challenged by tinnitus, but also that there are things which can be done, and also different ways in which tinnitus can be seen. For one in ten people with tinnitus, it can be extremely distressing on a life changing level. I would like to help people see their tinnitus for what it is, and to be convinced that it is possible to be aware of it, yet not to mind it."
Dr Jackson, who has tinnitus himself, conducted his PhD study around the effects of tinnitus on concentration. Through his work and membership with the BTA, he has received invites to speak at self-help groups across the country, as well as NHS Trusts, professional bodies, private companies and relevant charities.
"I always look forward to events laid on by the BTA," added Dr Jackson. "They are most effective in bringing different groups together, and we do need to learn from each other. Tinnitus has the capacity to be so debilitating, it truly effects quality of life, and anything that promotes understanding is to be firmly encouraged. I am a great supporter of what the BTA is working towards."
Marcus Bowen, Events Manager at the BTA, said: "As the UK's only charity solely dedicated to supporting people with tinnitus the planned sessions aim to reduce stress, confusion, isolation and improve the wellbeing of people living with tinnitus by providing support, information and advice to help people to cope with their condition."
At Leeds Trinity University, Dr Jackson is Co-Chair of the Disability Network, a group of staff across the University who have the enthusiasm and commitment to promote disability equality. The network champions good practice in relation to disability equality and identify areas for improvement and help to implement agreed action points.
The Leeds Tinnitus Support event takes place at the Park Plaza Hotel on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June. It is free to attend, and more information can be foundhere.?
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