Susanna Reid, 48, who’s presented on GMB since 2014, revealed to her Twitter followers last year she suffers from tinnitus – the name for hearing noises that are not caused by an outside source. She wrote on the social media site: “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.”
She also advised other sufferers to seek help from the British Tinnitus Association, an organisation that helps people deal with the condition.
She tweeted: “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.”
What are the symptoms of tinnitus?
According to the NHS, tinnitus can sound like:
- Music or singing
It adds: “You may hear these sounds in one or both ears, or in your head.
“They may come and go, or you might hear them all the time.”
The health body advises you see a GP if you have tinnitus regularly or constantly, your tinnitus is getting worse, or your tinnitus is bothering you – for example, it’s affecting your sleep or concentration.
You should also ask for an urgent GP appointment if you have tinnitus after a head injury, have tinnitus with sudden hearing loss, weakness int he muscles of your face, or a spinning sensation, or if you have tinnitus that beats in time with your pulse.
“However, you may not be able to get to classes or you may just prefer to do something yourself.
“Using some simple techniques regularly may help you to improve your quality of life and make a real difference to living with tinnitus.
“It does take practice to develop good relaxation techniques, and what may help one day, may not do so the next – so don’t give up if at first it does not seem to help.”
Other self help tips include regular exercise and changes to diet, such as giving up caffeine.