Susanna Reid has spoken out about her decade-long battle with tinnitus after a ‘bad day’ of suffering with the debilitating hearing condition.
The Good Morning Britain co-anchor, 47, took to Twitter on Monday to tell her followers the constant ringing in her ears which characterises the affliction was ‘so loud’.
The broadcaster, who was diagnosed with tinnitus over a decade ago after the birth of her second son Finn, now 13, took to the social media platform on Tuesday to reassure fans that she was feeling much better after a tough 24 hours.
Tough: Susanna Reid has spoken out about her decade-long battle with tinnitus after a ‘bad day’ of suffering with the debilitating hearing condition (pictured last month)
In a tweet following her appearance on Good Morning Britain on Monday, Susanna described hearing a ‘loud’ sound similar to a high-pitched continuous beeping.
The mother-of-three wrote: ‘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.’
After receiving messages of support, the newsreader added on Tuesday: ‘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.’
‘So loud right now’: The Good Morning Britain co-anchor, 47, took to Twitter on Monday to tell her followers the constant ringing in her ears which characterises the affliction was ‘so loud’
‘A bad day’: The broadcaster took to the social media platform on Tuesday to reassure fans that she was feeling much better after a tough 24 hours
Those who have tinnitus have the perception of noises in their ears or in their head, which can range from buzzing, whistling or hissing. There is currently no cure.
The British Tinnitus Association states: ‘It is not a disease or illness; it is a symptom generated within the auditory system and usually caused by an underlying condition.
‘The noise may be in one or both ears, or it may feel like it is in the head. It is difficult to pinpoint its exact location.
‘It may be low, medium or high pitched and can be heard as a single noise or as multiple components.’
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the name for hearing noises, such as ringing, buzzing or hissing, that are not caused by an outside source, according to the NHS .
It occurs due to damage to the cochlear hair cells in the inner ear, which stretch and contract in accordance with sound-induced vibrations.
Very loud noises – at a nightclub or played over headphones – can overload these cells, leaving them temporarily or permanently damages.
The damage forces other parts of the ear to overwork to compensate for the loss of function, which leads to tinnitus and eventually chronic hearing loss.
Some 15 per cent of adults in the UK suffer from tinnitus, according to figures.
There is no cure.
Treatment focuses on counselling and therapies to help people find ways of coping with their condition and reducing any anxiety it causes.
Tinnitus retraining therapy uses sound therapy to retrain the brain to tune out and be less aware of ringing and buzzing noises.
Deep breathing, yoga and joining support groups can also help.
Susanna has been battling tinnitus for over 10 years, which she previously said ‘probably resulted from a difficult labour’ when she had her second son, Finn.
She said on GMB in 2015: ‘When I first started hearing it, which was probably about ten years ago, I became quite distressed that I would never hear silence again.’
In 2013, Susanna was asked previously in an interview about ‘The treasured item you lost and wish you could have again’, to which she replied: ‘Silence. I’ve had tinnitus since Finn’s birth, which probably resulted from a difficult labour.’
The journalist raises son Finn, as well as Sam, 15, and Jack, 12, with her former partner of 16 years, Dominic Cotton.
Other celebrities have spoken about living with tinnitus, such as The Voice UK coach and Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am.
Struggling: Black Eyed Peas star and The Voice UK coach Will.i.am has spoken about his battle with tinnitus in the past, describing it as ‘a ringing in my ears’ (pictured last week)
He said: ‘There’s always a beep there every day, all day. I can’t be quiet as that’s when I notice the ringing in my ears.’
Rugby player Ben Cohen also struggles with tinnitus due to hearing loss.
‘I’ve suffered from tinnitus all my life and constantly have a screaming noise in my ears,’ he said in April this year.
‘I’d love to experience peace and quiet, or listen to the birds singing, but I only have 46 per cent hearing.’
Coldplay front man Chris Martin, actor William Shatner and actress Barbara Streisand have also been diagnosed with tinnitus.
Working through it: Susanna has been battling tinnitus for over 10 years, which she previously said ‘probably resulted from a difficult labour’ when she had her second son, Finn