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Tinnitus Awareness Week 2017

Tinnitus Awareness Week takes place from February 6-12 – which aims to generate discussion about the condition and to raise awareness of the support available.

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Media inquiries regarding this story should be directed to Jane Barlow at Benenden Hospital.

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Around 10% of the population suffer with tinnitus. Tinnitus is the hearing of sound when no external sound is present. While often described as a ringing, it may also sound like a clicking, hiss or roaring. The sound may be soft or loud, low pitched or high pitched and appear to be coming from one ear or both.

At Benenden Hospital Consultant Ear Nose Throat Surgeon Nigel Padgham sees tinnitus patients at every one of his clinics.

He said: “Mostly tinnitus causes only an annoyance, but it can be severe and cause depression and there have also been a few suicides, although this is rare.

Nigel Padgham

"About an even amount of men and women have tinnitus, although there are more young men with noise induced hearing loss and more older women with tinnitus.”

Mr Padgham advises people who think they might have tinnitus to visit their GP in the first instance. The GP will then refer the patient to a specialist if necessary or for treatment for an underlying ear condition.

The Consultant Surgeon has written papers about tinnitus. He said: “More people need to be seen in specialist clinics for diagnosis and treatment – not to be told the condition is incurable or that there is no treatment, which can often be the response from non-specialist doctors.”

There are tinnitus support groups across the country. The Ashford Tinnitus Support Group meets at the St Mary’s Community Centre, Rylands Road, Kennington, Ashford. A Maidstone Tinnitus Support Group meets at the United Reformed Church, 67B Week Street, Maidstone.

Or for more information visit British Tinnitus Association website at:


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