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TV presenter Reid reveals Tinnitus battle

Tuesday 13th November 2018
Susanna Reid has revealed details of her ongoing battle with tinnitus.
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Breakfast TV presenter Susanna Reid has described her ongoing battle with tinnitus. 

The 47-year-old Good Morning Britain presenter recently took to Twitter to reveal her struggle with the condition, which she has dealt with for the last decade.  

She said: "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."

This prompted a response from a number of her followers on the social media platform, with one stating that she could not even sleep due to the condition. 

Thanking her followers for their sympathy or shared stories, Ms Reid tweeted the next day: "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."

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the presenter revealed the problem arose in 2013, at the time when she gave birth to her son. She suggested complications relating to a difficult delivery may have sparked the problem.

The revelation by the celebrity may help raise awareness both of the extent of the problem - it affects one-in-ten Britons - and also the amount of help that is at hand from audiologists, charities and support groups. 

Other famous people suffering with Tinnitus include musicians Will.i.am and Chris Martin, England rugby player Ben Cohen and Star Trek actor William Shatner.

Mr Cohen told the British Deaf Association in 2015 that he is "clinically deaf" and has had Tinnitus all his life.

However, for some it is an acquired condition. Mr Shatner, who starred as Captain Kirk, revealed via the American Tinnitus Association website that he had acquired the condition due to being too close to a special effects explosion while filming an episode of Star Trek. 

He said the charity's support had "literally saved my life" after the condition drove him to the brink of suicide.
  
Written by James Puckle

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