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“Tinnitus education and the work of tinnitus research are very important, in my opinion, because this phenomenon is an irreversible problem that can have a huge impact on the quality of life.
In this day and age, it is almost impossible to escape the noise pollution in public areas and in our noisy world, silence has become a luxury that many ears cannot even enjoy on a regular basis. Our senses in general have been deteriorating since the age of industrialization. For me as a musician, however, hearing protection is particularly obvious – also because the stress that is part of the development, but also the accompanying symptoms of a tinnitus disease, can cause serious damage to health that only appears later. Apart from that, the ear is also the seat of our sense of balance and can lead to far-reaching and unexpected consequences if disturbed.
I therefore consider the work of the German Tinnitus and Hearing Foundation Charité to be a project that is extremely worthy of support, as it generates awareness in society of the phenomenon of tinnitus and its consequences and thus makes a major contribution to health.”
Pianist and composer