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Jamie Laing – a TV personality, podcaster and entrepreneur talks about his first ever experience and journey with Tinnitus
We first heard about Jamie Laing’s tinnitus story on the news. And then we followed up on it via RNID’s article online. Jamie’s story really resonated with us as it is something that’s talked about quite widely in our industry, and we try to help where we can.
It’s a great one to learn more about if you’re not familiar with Tinnitus and tinnitus symptoms. It can come out of the blue or gradually develop over time, and it can affect people in many ways. While it can be a temporary annoyance for some, for others, it can become persistent, distressing and have massive mental health implications.
Jamie Laing – a TV personality, podcaster and entrepreneur talks about his first ever experience with Tinnitus. He stated that it was 8 years ago when it first happened, and he woke up to his life-altering discovery. He frantically searched for the source of a noise in his London home, unaware that it would become an unwelcome and permanent companion.
He later learned that the strange noise he heard in his home marked the onset of tinnitus, a condition where a person hears a sound, such as ringing or buzzing but in the absence of any external source.
Jamie, like millions of others, has found tinnitus to be a lonely condition that many ironically suffer with silently. But he has hope for the future and he is on a mission to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for over 7 million adults in the UK with the condition.
“I haven’t heard silence for 8 years. The very first time I ever heard tinnitus, I woke up one morning and got out of bed, and I could hear a whooshing, ringing noise. I was looking around, thinking: ‘where is this noise coming from?’ Then it suddenly dawned on me that it was inside my own mind, inside my head. That, for anyone who’s ever experienced tinnitus, is a really scary moment.
So, I went to an audiologist and the audiologist said: ‘yes, you have tinnitus and it’s for life.’ And I sat on my sofa, and I just thought: ‘this can’t be happening right now.’ You can’t imagine how debilitating it is. There’s no more silence. So, you think you’re never going to sleep again. You think you’re never going to be able to hear anything again, apart from this ringing – and that’s a pretty scary place to be.”
“So, my tinnitus sounds like a dog whistle, but with a whooshing noise as well so it’s like… [Jamie gestures to his ears] constant.
It takes me a lot to cry, and I was shooting a television show called Hunted, and in it, my tinnitus was so bad. People were asking me questions and I couldn’t hear what they were saying because the ringing was just so overbearing.
You’re always so scared that tinnitus is suddenly going to take over your whole mind, [that] all you’re going to hear is ringing for the rest of your life and you won’t hear anything else. It was so loud, that I was like: this is the moment. This is the moment my tinnitus is going to take over.
You want to scream. You want to literally rip your ears off".
“I would spend a lot of time in nightclubs, but I never wore anything to protect my ears, ever. I should have done and [everyone] should be protecting their ears. And second, I think my anxiety caused it to go even more. So, I think mine was [caused by] a combination of the two.”
“What I realised with tinnitus is that you have to try and treat it like a fan in the room or air conditioner – you can hear them, but you don’t lean into it.
To hear silence again… to get rid of the ringing… I would do almost anything.
…. almost anything!”
Thanks to RNID for putting this story out there, and to Jamie Laing for sharing his story. We hope this comforts others out there, knowing they are not alone. Remember, you can always get in touch with our helpful team who are always happy to offer advice and support regarding tinnitus.
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