Tinnitus Awareness Week
Tinnitus Awareness Week takes place from 8-14 February.
Benenden Hospital sees adults who might have tinnitus in its Ear Nose Throat clinic. In particular these patients are seen by Mr Nigel Padgham who has written papers on the condition.
Around one in 10 adults suffer with tinnitus which is a noise in the head or ears which has no external source, known cause, or current cure. Whilst for most people, tinnitus is a temporary experience or is managed successfully, for others it can affect their quality of life leading to depression, anxiety, stress and sleep deprivation.
During Tinnitus Awareness Week the Hospital will have a stand in the Out-patients department to mark the event. There will be leaflets and information available from the British Tinnitus Association and staff will be available to discuss the condition with those who would like to know more.
Staff Nurse Linda Stone, who has organised the stand, said: “Here at Benenden we help to diagnose tinnitus and support patients. There is no cure so it’s all about helping people to manage the condition. One of the biggest causes is being exposed to loud noise, so protecting the ears is always important.”
To find out more contact Linda. Alternatively contact the British Tinnitus Association on 0800 018 0527 or visit www.tinnitus.org.uk
There is also an event taking place locally on Saturday 6 February at The Spa Hotel, Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, from 10am-3.30pm. It is a free information day being run by the BTA.