Tre Lowe is a DJ from Notting Hill, is an award winning producer, songwriter and DJ, but he suffers from condition that makes his work harder, Tinnitus.
Tre first noticed ringing in his ears at the age of 15, which has been constant ever since.The noise in his ears affects him on a daily basis, making it difficult to sleep often causing him to feel anxious about his hearing and at worst leaving him feel depressed.
He’s keen to raise awareness of the dangers of loud music, especially in the DJ scene so young people can protect their hearing before it’s too late as of yet, there is no cure for tinnitus.
Tinnitus is a condition that is caused by damage to a persons hearing, usually by constant loud noise. The condition causes permanent damage.
One in 10 people in the UK are affected by everyday tinnitus, it ranges from a light buzzing to a constant roar in the ears and head.
It is estimated that 600,000 are seriously affected by the condition, which can have a detrimental effect on quality of life from bouts of anxiety to difficulties socialising or concentrating at work and problems sleeping.
According to a new report from charity Action on Hearing Loss, only 41 per cent of NHS audiology departments give tinnitus sufferers access to four key services needed to help manage their condition.
Freedom of Information requests, issued by the charity to every NHS adult audiology provider across the UK, reveals a postcode lottery of care for tinnitus patients with six audiology units not providing any tinnitus services at all and a further nine units having had to reduce services over the past two years.
Paul Breckell, Chief Executive of Action on Hearing Loss, said:
‘Tinnitus can be a torturous condition, so it’s deeply concerning that millions of patients do not have access to effective support services. NHS audiology and tinnitus provision must be protected, as short-term savings will only lead to higher NHS and social care costs in the long run. We need governments and commissioners to develop a forward-thinking plan that will enable frontline staff to deliver every patient the advice and support that they have the right to expect from our NHS.’
Tre Lowe is one half of the highly respected band ‘Architechs’ known for their underground music, including ‘Body Groove’ a club anthem that went on to shift 750,000 copies.