A Marlow based tinnitus support group have become one of the first groups in the country to be awarded the Gold Standard for tinnitus support groups by the British Tinnitus Association (BTA).

The group, facilitated by local volunteer Gilly Wright with the support of audiologists Selma Becker and Kevin Jeffery at Marlow’s Help in Hearing, enables people with tinnitus to meet others with the condition, share useful tips on coping methods and find out what help is available.

Colette Bunker, BTA Volunteer and Support Group Manager said: “A group has to meet a number of criteria to be considered a BTA Gold Standard group.

“These criteria are designed to ensure groups are working hard to be inclusive, encouraging peer-to-peer interaction and are providing people with accurate and up-to-date information in a safe and friendly environment.”

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Gilly Wright said: “We provide a supportive environment as we listen and support everyone who attends. We have a diverse membership and take a calm, reassuring, positive approach, ensuring that all attendees have the opportunity to speak.”

She adds: “We are very proud to be awarded a Gold Standard as the group is committed to raising awareness of tinnitus and helping people with tinnitus. We believe that the Gold Standard will give the group kudos, thereby creating a greater platform from which we can spread the word.”

Colette commented: “We know that support groups can really help a person lead the best life they can, and Gilly and the team at Marlow are dedicated to helping people overcome the distress tinnitus can cause, and we are delighted to be able to recognise their hard work.”

For more information, call 0345 222 0579 or email gilly@helpinhearing.co.uk.