Scott Fraser, 47, tells his story to mark Tinnitus Awareness Week (1-7 February 2021).
He said: “Tinnitus is such a difficult thing to talk to people about.
"The noises are in your head so it’s very difficult to convey to others just how bad it can be. It is very isolating.
“I’ve suffered with tinnitus for the past ten years and it has got progressively worse during that period to the point ,eight months ago, that it was becoming unbearable.
“I’ve always worked in noisy environments in the oil and gas industry, as well as in music, which might have contributed to the onset of tinnitus.”
Scott spent a long time exploring different treatments, including meditation and mindfulness, but nothing seemed to work for his tinnitus.
He continues: “Through Tinnitus UK forums, I discovered that hearing aids could help alleviate the symptoms and booked an appointment to see my local audiologist, Ian Mclellan, at Specsavers in Inverurie, although I didn’t hold out much hope of success.
“Ian worked closely with me, not only to find the right hearing aids for me, but to help me better understand tinnitus and equip me with the right knowledge to manage it.”
Ian Mclellan, audiology director for all Specsavers stores in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, said: “Helping people is the main reason I do my job, so to hear about the difference I’ve made to Scott’s life is wonderful.
“Scott’s case highlights the terrible impact it can have on your life, so it’s important that everyone takes care of their hearing to reduce the risk.
“Hearing aids are the most successful treatment for tinnitus, they help mask the noise in your head by correcting the hearing loss and this is exactly what has happened in Scott’s case.”
For anyone who has symptoms of tinnitus but doesn’t have a hearing loss, there are many techniques to help manage or alleviate tinnitus. A great source of information and support can be found at the British Tinnitus Association website at www.tinnitus.org.uk.