100 Support Groups Across the UK
The BTA Glasgow Tinnitus Support Group has helped to celebrate a significant milestone. The British Tinnitus Association has now reached 100 support groups. National coverage has highlighted the huge impact that support groups can have on people with the condition.
The BTA is an independent charity which helps over half a million people each year who have tinnitus. They also advise medical professionals worldwide. The BTA is the primary source of support and information for people with tinnitus in the UK.
Alan Hopkirk, tinnitus expert and Clinical Director of Invizear and host of the Glasgow Tinnitus Support Group said:
We are thrilled to be one of the 100 support groups helping to provide an outlet for people with tinnitus to share their stories, hear from guest speakers and learn the latest information about how they can manage their tinnitus. We are a very welcoming group and would be happy for new members to join us.
What to Expect at a Glasgow Tinnitus Support Group Meeting
Alan Hopkirk is keen to stress that potential visitors should not be worried. It is just a get-together for like-minded individuals who have the same kinds of fears and concerns. It’s a very relaxed environment and you will receive a warm welcome and a cuppa. You can bring friends and family and it’s good for them too. That’s the whole idea of the support groups in that you can benefit from listening to how others have coped and share your experiences. It may be you have found a particular treatment, used a certain resource or received other help. In this way, you can get an idea of what might be suitable for you.
The group invites guest speakers to share their experiences and give new insights on tinnitus. Local osteopath Hamilton Semple gave a talk and demonstration at the recent May meeting. He was able to show, with the help of group volunteers how his treatments might help with tinnitus. The group is also excited to welcome Miss Amy McLaughlin as guest speaker at our July meeting. Amy made a significant contribution to the BTA’s focus campaign “Kids Talk Tinnitus” during Tinnitus Awareness Week in February. Amy will talk us through her journey and explain what she has done to stay positive.
Meeting organiser Alan Hopkirk is an audiologist and a specialist in tinnitus. His role is to facilitate the group to make sure it functions but also to be there as a point of reference, in order to make sure things are factually correct. He is a valuable expert resource on tinnitus.
Next Meeting of the Glasgow Tinnitus Support Group
The next group meeting will be held on Tuesday 31st July at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. The meetings are free to attend, although any donations are welcome. If you would like to attend then please contact Alan or Roberta on 0141 530 9799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.