Another musician pays the price with his hearing

Released on: October 31, 2007, 6:53 am

Press Release Author: BeyondPR

Industry: Healthcare

Press Release Summary: Chelone Wolf is one of the estimated five million people to
suffer from tinnitus in the UK.

Press Release Body: Chelone Wolf is one of the estimated five million people to
suffer from tinnitus in the UK. To most of us, four years does not sound like a long
time, but as Chelone and many other sufferers would agree, any number of years with
tinnitus it is a prolonged agony.

The 30-year-old musician and company director of Guevera marketing hears a 'random,
high-pitched beeping sound' in his ears, which tends to worsen in quiet situations
and at night time. Chelone finds that even his mood can affect the tinnitus; it has
been known to get louder when he is stressed. As a musician, Chelone finds the
symptom particularly irksome to live with.

"Having tinnitus has meant that I have to wear effective musicians' earplugs when
performing or going to noisy events. If I don't wear them, I often have to leave
venues as it becomes uncomfortable," says Chelone.

Like many other musicians, Chelone has been burdened with tinnitus due to repeated
exposure to loud music. Other well-known sufferers of the condition include Pete
Townshend, Barbra Streisand and Sting. More and more young people are beginning to
develop tinnitus too, due to loud music. There have even been recent cases of eBay
scoundrels offering to 'unlock' mp3 players so that the barrier on the safe level of
noise is discarded and youngsters are then able to push the volume much higher than
is recommended.

Chelone has had little comfort in the wake of his tinnitus. "My doctor could not
provide any real treatment. I'm not sure what research is currently being
undertaken, but it seems that there needs to be more action taken to help find

The UK-based charity Action for Tinnitus Research focuses on funding medical and
scientific research in pursuit of a cure and raising awareness is a key part of its
work. Operations director Nick Doughty said: "It is estimated that over five million
people in the UK are affected by tinnitus and it can have a devastating effect on
their quality of life. Not enough information is available about the very complex
symptom and we are one of the few organisations determined to do something about it.
We are committed to funding leading edge research and providing practical
information to health professionals for the benefit of sufferers. Nobody deserves to
suffer the frustrations that tinnitus can bring," he added.

To those of us who are fortunate enough not to suffer from tinnitus, Chelone has
this message: "Be careful you do not get tinnitus if possible - wear good musicians
earplugs in loud environments. Tinnitus is something that should be avoided at all

For more information on Action for Tinnitus Research, logon to the website at, e-mail or telephone 0115 925 4065

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