Usually we invite health care professionals or practitioners of alternative/complementary therapies to speak at our meetings, but this time we tried something different. Our speaker was Geoff Farrell, who has been to one or two of our previous meetings. The title of his talk was “My 12 months of tinnitus started about 40 years ago”. He spoke to us about his own experience of tinnitus ‒ how for many years he dreaded getting it, how he got it, his reaction to it, what he did to fight it, and eventually how he is now learning to live with it. It was a very positive and heartfelt talk, delivered in an engaging manner. There were moments of humour, too! We could all relate to what Geoff was saying, and his words proved especially helpful, I thought, to people in the early stages of tinnitus who, like Geoff, are still adjusting to their condition. It was a great talk, and we thank Geoff for having the courage to come along and speak to us so openly about such a personal matter.
We are thinking we may occasionally invite other members to speak to our group in the same way, since the format proved very successful.
Afterwards we all assembled in the refreshment area for tea and biscuits. There was an opportunity to examine (and borrow) our tinnitus equipment and aids, and browse our comprehensive library of leaflets and information brochures.
All round, a very good meeting.
Postscript: Geoff recently recorded an adapted version of his talk for the quarterly magazine of the Chichester Area Talking News. We're pleased to be able to bring it to you here. To listen to Geoff's talk, simply click on the button below.