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Petition: More government funding for tinnitus research

NicBTA
NicBTAAdministrator

It's Tinnitus Week and on behalf of everyone who has tinnitus, we NEED your help. We've launched a petition pushing for the government to commit more funding to tinnitus research.

●New research by the BTA shows the massive mental health impact of tinnitus

○1 in 5 think about it every few minutes

○Affects social lives, hobbies, relationships, careers

○1 in 7 have had suicidal thoughts

●This research - and the huge impact it is having - highlights the need for more funding to find cures:

○8 in 10 patients unhappy with treatment options

○Yet it receives 40 times less funding than similar conditions like hearing loss, depression and anxiety

○We need more funding from the Government for research into tinnitus as it has been forgotten for too long

Please watch Claire's video and sign the petition at change.org/p/matthew-hancoc...

You can also help us reach more people by sharing the link and encouraging others to sign up too. Let's make a real difference this #TinnitusWeek.

Thank you!

Nic (BTA Communications Manager)

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Hi Nic

Let's hope Tinnitus Awareness Week does what it says on the packet. Last year I saw nothing and heard nothing. I know the BTA do their best, but it's like a drop in the ocean.

I've posted on FB as have some of my t friends, but to be honest no one really cares unless they've got it or know someone who has. Fund raising for illness tends to centre round the obvious, cancer for example. Obviously I'm happy about that as I'm still having treatment for breast cancer. I would love to see posters everywhere highlighting the effects of t and what it can do to people. We need more high profile sufferers to get on board as well.

Sorry for the rant on a Monday morning, but I'm sick of this after 38 years.

Ingrid xx

NicBTA
NicBTAAdministrator
in reply to Ingrid-p

Hi Ingrid

We're hoping for loads of coverage too - and it won't be for lack of trying!

Already this week, The Times, the Daily Mail and the Independent are running with the story, so the biggest broadsheet and tabloid should reach several million people - and the Daily Mail website is the biggest news website in the world :)

dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech...

I'm booked for a number of local BBC radio interviews (typing this in the gaps!) and my colleague Kerry is about to have interviews with seven of the ITV regional news programmes, so hopefully wherever you are in the country, you'll see or hear something.

And this is just day one...

Best wishes

Nic

Was there going to be a campaign to contact MP's Nic, or did I imagine that?

NicBTA
NicBTAAdministrator
in reply to Ruud1boy

No, you didn't imagine it - there's details at tinnitus.org.uk/write-to-yo... but we'll be focussing on that another day this week - but if you want to get a headstart and write your letter now, that would be great!

Best wishes

Nic

NicBTA
NicBTAAdministrator

We have nearly 800 active members on this forum, and nearly 4000 in total.

So if everyone can a couple of minutes to sign our petition, you could make a real difference.

You don't have to be in the UK to sign either - anybody, anywhere can do so!

Ruud1boy
Ruud1boy
in reply to NicBTA

Could you 'sticky' this at the top of the page Nic? To stop it falling down the list?

Everyone who visits this forum should be signing this petition, there really is no reason not to.

NicBTA
NicBTAAdministrator
in reply to Ruud1boy

Good idea Ruud1boy - consider it done!

(We're going to have to stop agreeing like this - people will talk! :) )

Nic

Signed the other day

NicBTA
NicBTAAdministrator

Thanks to everyone who has signed - we have over 7500 signatures now. With over 4300 people registered to this forum, we think we could easily break 10000 if everyone signed it! (You don't have to be in the UK)

Best wishes

Nic

Given that this petition has over 100,000 signatures now, where does it go from here? Would it be considered for debate in the Commons or does that just apply to petitions via the parliamentary website?

NicBTA
NicBTAAdministrator

Hi Ruud1boy

We've already been mentioned in a House of Lords debate, which is a good sign, and work is happening behind the scenes for further discussions with those that hold the purse strings. Although currently the Health Minister has a wee bit of an urgent issue on his mind!

Sadly, the chances of debate in the House of Commons via the petition route are slim. Unfortunately the Parliamentary site didn't reopen in time after the general election. However, we do have a number of MPs on board, so all is not lost and you can be sure we'll be doing all we can to get the issue of tinnitus funding raised wherever and whenever we can!

Nic

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