As part of the work that we do at The Wilberforce Trust, and through our Yorsensory service we run a Tinnitus Support Group.

About the Support Group

Where the group meets

Wilberforce House
49 North Moor Road
YO32 9QN

When the group meets


First meeting: Friday 11 May, 2-4pm

Guest speaker: Colette Bunker, BTA Volunteer & Support Group Manager

How to find out more

Contact Cathy Woodward on 01904 202292 or

Tinnitus information:

Hannah’s Story

An article from back in 2014 on York Press highlights some of the issues people can have. It’s an account about the support and how you too can find some relief.

From the article:

Being diagnosed with tinnitus as a teenager came as a blow to Hannah Crosby. But she tells health reporter Kate Liptrot how it is possible to live a normal life – with a bit of resilience.

Tinnitus: the facts

• Affecting at least one in ten of the UK population, 6.3 million, tinnitus is the unseen condition which can cause distress to individuals of any age. Tinnitus can be mild to severe and can affect sleep and concentration

• It can also lead to anxiety and depression and there is currently no cure

• Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the absence of an actual external noise

• Often referred to as “ringing in the ears”, it is most commonly experienced as a high-pitched noise, sometimes having a mechanical, electrical or musical quality

• Tinnitus is a symptom of an underlying condition, often one that has damaged the tiny hairs inside your inner ear that trigger nerve cells to transmit sound to the brain. When these delicate hairs are damaged, for example through natural hearing loss from ageing, an injury to the ear, loud noise, the nerves transmit abnormal messages to the brain, which interprets them as sound

• Of the adult population, 1.6 percent are severely distressed by tinnitus and 2.8 percent are moderately distressed by the condition. This means that approximately half of patients with tinnitus find it moderately or severely distressing.

• For more information about tinnitus and to find local support groups with the British Tinnitus Association, visit

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