Mother-of-two says tinnitus left her feeling 'scared and alone'

A mother-of-two from New Milton in Hampshire says she struggles to cope after being diagnosed with tinnitus.

Claire Eveleigh says the condition, which has no cure, has left her feeling scared and lonely.

Tinnitus is the name for hearing noises that are not caused by an outside source.

The constant noise can be as loud as a jet engine or a dentist's drill, according to the British Tinnitus Association.

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New research from the charity has found that tinnitus can put a huge strain on someone's mental health as it can affect a person's social life and career.

In a recent survey by the charity, one in seven people said that they have had suicidal thoughts.

One in five people with the hearing condition think about it every few minutes.

The British Tinnitus Association is calling for increased investment into the condition to help find a cure.

The Department for Health and Social says that the National Institute for Health Research has invested more than £200,000 in research into tinnitus in the last three years and welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including tinnitus.