Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid’s ‘incurable’ illness that she’s lived with for 17 years
1st October 2021

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Good Morning Britain's Susanna Reid, 50, has opened up about an 'incurable' illness that she has lived with for 17 years.

The TV host was diagnosed with tinnitus back in 2004 following the birth of her son Finn, and first opened up on her battle in 2018.

She wrote on Twitter at the time: "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."

She's also said in the past that she thinks the birth of her son was the cause of it.

Susanna, who also shares sons Sam, 18, and Jack, 15, with her ex partner Dominic Cotton, said that the ringing in her ears caused her a lot of distress.

Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing a sound in the absence of any external noise and is often described as a ringing in the ears.

People with the illness may hear a buzzing or ringing in one or both their ears, or sometimes in their heads. The sounds can come and go or they might stay with the person all the time.

Tinnitus currently has no cure and the symptoms can be different from person to person, but the noises are most commonly described as a ringing, buzzing, humming or hissing.

Explaining more about her tinnitus during a segment of Good Morning Britain, Susanna said: “When I first started hearing it, which was probably about ten years ago, I became quite distressed that I would never hear silence again."

Susanna has learned to cope with the condition but admitted she would have done just about anything to be able to hear silence again.

She said that if she could have anything back in her life that she had lost that it would be 'silence'.

Susanna is one of a whole host of famous faces who live with the condition which include Coldplay's Chris Martin also being diagnosed with tinnitus along with The Voice star, Will.I.Am, and Hollywood actress Whoopi Goldberg.

Although there is no cure for the illness, there are treatments which can relieve the symptoms.

Some sufferers opt for tinnitus retaining therapy which is when sound therapy is used to retrain the brain to tune out and be less aware of the tinnitus that is present.

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