Tinnitus support group launched in Ashford
A support group for people with tinnitus has been launched in Ashford.
Its founder Hi Kent, a charity for deaf and hard of hearing people, said an estimated 146,000 people in the county had persistent tinnitus.
Exposure to loud sounds is believed to be one of the causes of the condition, most commonly associated with ringing in the ears.
The charity works with the British Tinnitus Association (BTA), staff and volunteers to run the group.
A similar support group was set up by Hi Kent in Maidstone earlier this year.
The common condition, where sounds are heard in one or both ears when there is no external source, is caused by a misinterpretation by the brain of signals from the nerves in the ear.