BTA resources are vital

Tea for Tinnitus, which is taking place throughout June, sees the nation put the kettle on and hold a tea party in a bid to raise as much money as possible for the British Tinnitus Association (BTA).


Kent gets ready for Tea for Tinnitus!

A number of tinnitus support groups are opening across the county and some are combining their very first meeting in June with a Tea for Tinnitus party! HiKent, which provides support for deaf and hard of hearing people, has been instrumental in setting up various tinnitus support groups in Kent and are helping to establish four new groups in Rochester, Canterbury, Dartford and Crowborough. Here, Maxine Harris, from HiKent, explains why support groups can be so beneficial.


“Here at Hi Kent we know what a big problem tinnitus is for people.  We support deaf and hard of hearing people in Kent and because tinnitus and hearing loss often go hand in hand we see lots of people with tinnitus.


“About four years ago, with the encouragement and guidance of the British Tinnitus Association (BTA), we started our first support group from our head office in Maidstone.  We had so many people attend the first group that we had them queuing down our corridor and out of the door!  Since then we started two more groups in Ashford and Pembury and have since grown a steady membership.


“This year we decided to widen our reach by arranging meetings in new locations to help people with tinnitus who do not know where to turn.  Over the last few weeks we’ve had our first meeting of the new groups in both Faversham and Dover. Next, we have a month of weekly meetings on Fridays in June which will combine with a ‘Tea for Tinnitus’ party where we hope people will come along, not only to find out more about tinnitus and the support available, but also for a cup of tea and slice of cake to raise money for the BTA. This ‘tinnitus roadshow’ of meetings will include Crowborough (straying into East Sussex), Canterbury, Rochester and Dartford.


“We are fortunate to have the BTA coming to speak at many of these meetings which will ensure they get off to a good start.  We have had a variety of speakers over the years which have all given food for thought from Thai Chi, Mindfulness and Accupuncture to Audiology professionals.  All of the Hi Kent representatives are trained Tinnitus Advisors and we keep ourselves up to date with the latest tinnitus information again with the help of the British Tinnitus Association. Tinnitus equipment is available for demonstration and to borrow for people who are really struggling to cope.


“We know from experience that support groups play a very important part of a learning to live with tinnitus.  Talking to other people makes you realise that you are not alone and although there is no magic ‘off’ button there are lots of things you can do that will help.  We want to get this message out to as many people as we can so that no-one has to struggle on alone.”

Tea for Tinnitus comes to Greenwich!


As support groups across the country put the kettle on for charity this month (June) to host a Tea for Tinnitus party, a new group, launching in July, opens its doors early to raise a cup for tinnitus in Greenwich. The events will raise vital funds for the British Tinnitus Association (BTA). Here Adam Chell, Audiologist explains,


How to organise a great event!

In our latest blog as part of June’s Tea for Tinnitus, which sees the nation put the kettle on and hold a tea party in a bid to raise as much money as possible for the British Tinnitus Association (BTA), our very own communications manager Nic Wray gives us her top tips to organise a great event!

Nearly June…

Emily Broomhead is the BTA’s Campaigns Manager, here is her blog about Tea for Tinnitus, and what’s happening so far…


First event added!

Delighted to have added our first tea party, which will take place in Chesterfield on 6 June! Find out more at

If you have any questions about how to set up a tea party? Please just ask.