Tinnitus

Woman holding her ears while two bells ring

A few years ago, we noticed Hi Kent was seeing increasing numbers of people suffering from tinnitus due to the link between tinnitus and hearing loss. We realised it was a real issue which was having a dramatic effect on people's lives, so we set out to find ways to help.

Most people are familiar with the sensation of ringing in your ears, but the sounds experienced by tinnitus sufferers can be very different. The sound might be buzzing, whooshing or humming and also varies in pitch. There are also additional classifications of tinnitus:

  • Some people experience tinnitus that seems like a familiar tune or song. This is known as musical tinnitus or musical hallucination. Learn more about musical tinnitus here.
  • Some people's tinnitus has a beating rhythm which is in time with their heartbeat. This is known as pulsatile tinnitus. Learn more about pulsatile tinnitus here.

About 10 % of adults, or 6 million people in the UK, have persistent tinnitus that affects their lives. Furthermore, up to 70 % aged over 70 suffer from the disease, so there is a real need for the help and support which Hi Kent provides.


Tinnitus is a hidden illness and even our nearest and dearest forget that we are trying to concentrate over a cacophony of sound. It can be difficult. It is life changing. I support Hi Kent as it facilitates the opportunity to meet other sufferers who can support each other and share the latest tips to ensure that tinnitus does not rule our lives but rather that we learn to manage it and can continue to enjoy our lives to the full.

Jane, tinnitus support group attendee


Tinnitus Support Groups

Six people at the Ashford tinnitus support group

Our support groups for people with tinnitus were intially set up in Maidstone, Ashford and Pembury. We added new meetings in new locations in 2017 and monthly meetings in Orpington in 2018 funded by Orpington Crofton Rotary Club. Hi Kent currently holds tinnitus support groups in 9 locations across Kent.

These groups are places to share coping strategies and get moral support. Sometimes they include a guest speaker who will talk about a particular topic.

We have had lots of different speakers who have covered a wide range of different topics over the years, such as the medical progress of tinnitus treatment, mindfulness, meditation, yoga and audiology hypnotherapy. These give people different methods they can try in order to get relief, but, naturally, individual people find out which of these techniques work best for them.


In the group you can meet other people who share your experience of tinnitus and do not dismiss it with 'Oh I get that ringing in my ears sometimes' as many non-sufferers do. We can help each other by sharing our own ways of coping with the problem... The Hi Kent group leaders are very friendly and make a good cup of tea.

Margaret, Orpington tinnitus support group attendee


We work very closely with our local audiologist and hearing therapists and get a lot of support from them. For example, we previously had a special Hearing Therapist and ENT Nurse session at one of our meetings in Maidstone.

All of our tinnitus groups are drop-in sessions and are free to attend, but you're welcome to register your attendance so that we can contact you with any follow-up information. Please contact Maxine Harris at m.harris@hikent.org.uk or on 01622 691151.

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Sound Therapy Equipment

Woman asleep in bed with a Sound Oasis Travel Sound Therapy System on the bedside table

Another way of treating tinnitus is the use of sound therapy equipment. These devices generate ambient sounds to distract the sufferer from the noise and give them some relief. Sound therapy can be especially useful when trying to fall asleep.

Hi Kent offers a wide range of different devices for sale and you can have a look at these online here.

It's sometimes necessary to try out equipment before you buy it, so that you can see whether it helps. If you'd like to talk about borrowing a device for a trial period, please contact Maxine Harris at m.harris@hikent.org.uk or on 01622 691151.

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My tinnitus started after ankle surgery. It is frequently very debilitating. I have been to Hi Kent Orpington Group on 3 occasions. I found it very useful to understand more about tinnitus and learn how others manage and cope with theirs.

Mike, Orpington tinnitus support group attendee


Tea For Tinnitus

Glass teapot with people in the background

Tea For Tinnitus is a initiative set up by the British Tinnitus Association (BTA). Every year, Hi Kent – and many other groups across the country – hold a tea party to raise funds and awareness of the condition.

Hi Kent holds Tea For Tinnitus events at our tinnitus support groups on particular dates. See below for a list of these.

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Tinnitus Group Locations & Dates

All of our tinnitus groups are drop-in sessions and are free to attend, but you're welcome to register your attendance so that we can contact you with any follow-up information. Please contact Maxine Harris at m.harris@hikent.org.uk or on 01622 691151.

Ashford
Address: The Small Hall, St Mary's Community Centre, Rylands Road, Kennington, Ashford, Kent, TN24 9LH
Time: 14:00
Duration: 2 hours
Dates:
Friday 01 March 2019
Speaker: Lesley Riding
Subject: Healthwatch  Interaction on Healthcare Services

Friday 10 May 2019
Subject: Tea For Tinnitus

Friday 06 September 2019

Friday 06 December 2019
Speaker: Collette Bunker
Subject: BTA

Canterbury
Address: Room 1, Northgate Ward Community Centre, Military Road, Canterbury, CT1 1YX
Time: 14:00
Duration: 2 hours
Dates:
Friday 22 March 2019
Speaker: Lesley Riding
Subject: Healthwatch Interaction on Healthcare Services

Friday 21 June 2019
Speaker: Gavin Bateman
Subject: BTA, Tea for Tinnitus

Friday 23 August 2019

Friday 22 November 2019

Crowborough
Address: Room 3, Crowborough Community Centre Cafe, Pine Grove, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 1FE
Time: 14:00
Duration: 2 hours
Dates:
Friday 15 March 2019

Friday 14 June 2019
Subject: Tea For Tinnitus

Friday 20 September 2019

Friday 29 November 2019

Dover
Address: The Sports Pavilion, Whitfield Recreation Ground, Cranleigh Drive, Dover, CT16 3NN
Time: 14:00
Duration: 2 hours
Dates:
Friday 15 February 2019
Speaker: Lesley Riding
Subject: Healthwatch  Interaction on Healthcare Services

Friday 31 May 2019
Speaker: Nic Wray
Subject: BTA, Tea for Tinnitus

Friday 09 August 2019

Friday 25 October 2019

Faversham
Address: Brents Tavern, Upper Brents, Faversham, ME13 7DP
Time: 14:00
Duration: 2 hours
Dates:
Friday 29 March 2019
Speaker: Cilla Peck
Subject: Yoga & Relaxation

Friday 28 June 2019
Speaker: Gavin Bateman
Subject: BTA, Tea for Tinnitus

Friday 27 September 2019

Friday 13 December 2019

Maidstone
Address: United Reformed Church, 67B Week Street, Maidstone ME14 1QU
Time: 14:00
Duration: 2 hours
Dates:
Friday 22 February 2019
Speaker: Carol Williams
Subject: Hypnotherapy

Friday 24 May 2019
Subject: Tea for Tinnitus

Friday 16 August 2019
Speaker: Colette Bunker
Subject: BTA

Friday 15 November 2019

Orpington
Address: The Community Room, Orpington Fire Station, Avalon Road, Orpington, Kent, BR6 9AX
Time: 14:00
Duration: 2 hours
Dates:
Tuesday 15 January 2019
Speaker: Katerina Roberts
Subject: Reflexology

Tuesday 12 February 2019
Speaker: Wendy Austin
Subject: Kinesiology

Tuesday 12 March 2019
Speaker: Colette Bunker
Subject: BTA Updates

Tuesday 30 April 2019

Tuesday 14 May 2019

Tuesday 11 June 2019
Subject: Tea for Tinnitus

Tuesday 09 July 2019

Tuesday 13 August 2019

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Tuesday 22 October 2019

Tuesday 19 November 2019

Tuesday 17 December 2019

Pembury
Address: Pembury Baptist Church, 1 Romford Road, Pembury, TN2 4HT
Time: 14:00
Duration: 2 hours
Dates:
Friday 08 February 2019
Speaker: Carol Williams
Subject: Hypnotherapy

Friday 17 May 2019
Subject: Tea For Tinnitus

Friday 02 August 2019

Friday 01 November 2019

Rochester
Address: West Kent Quakers Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, ME1 1LS
Time: 13:30
Duration: 2 hours
Dates:
Friday 08 March 2019
Speaker: Carol Williams
Subject: Hypnotherapy

Friday 07 June 2019
Subject: Tea for Tinnitus

Friday 30 August 2019
Speaker: Nic Wray
Subject: BTA

Friday 08 November 2019

Tea For Tinnitus Locations & Dates

Ashford
Address: The Small Hall, St Mary's Community Centre, Rylands Road, Kennington, Ashford, Kent, TN24 9LH
Time: 14:00
Duration: 2 hours
Date: Friday 10 May 2019

Canterbury
Address: Room 1, Northgate Ward Community Centre, Military Road, Canterbury, CT1 1YX
Time: 14:00
Duration: 2 hours
Date: Friday 21 June 2019
Speaker: Gavin Bateman
Subject: BTA

Crowborough
Address: Room 3, Crowborough Community Centre Cafe, Pine Grove, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 1FE
Time: 14:00
Duration: 2 hours
Date: Friday 14 June 2019

Dover
Address: The Sports Pavilion, Whitfield Recreation Ground, Cranleigh Drive, Dover, CT16 3NN
Time: 14:00
Duration: 2 hours
Date: Friday 31 May 2019
Speaker: Nic Wray

Faversham
Address: Brents Tavern, Upper Brents, Faversham, ME13 7DP
Time: 14:00
Duration: 2 hours
Date: Friday 28 June 2019
Speaker: Gavin Bateman
Subject: BTA

Maidstone
Address: United Reformed Church, 67B Week Street, Maidstone ME14 1QU
Time: 14:00
Duration: 2 hours
Date: Friday 24 May 2019

Orpington
Address: The Community Room, Orpington Fire Station, Avalon Road, Orpington, Kent, BR6 9AX
Time: 14:00
Duration: 2 hours
Date: Tuesday 11 June 2019

Pembury
Address: Pembury Baptist Church, 1 Romford Road, Pembury, TN2 4HT
Time: 14:00
Duration: 2 hours
Date: 
Friday 17 May 2019

Rochester
Address: West Kent Quakers Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, ME1 1LS
Time: 13:30
Duration: 2 hours
Date: 
Friday 07 June 2019