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Dr Shamuga Surenthiran

Consultant Audiological Physician and Neuro-otologist
MB.BS, FRCP, FRCS (Orl), MSc, DIC

Practising at

Spire Alexandra Hospital

Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Shamuga Surenthiran at Spire include:

Other treatments

Audiological medicine: Hearing Loss, Balance disorders

Allied Health Professionals: Hypnotherapy

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Professional profile

Dr Surenthiran qualified at King’s College Hospital Medical School, London and did most of his postgraduate training in London and in Manchester, where he was also a Lecturer at the University of Manchester. He is one of the UK’s leading specialists in the treatment of balance disorders and has a national and international referral base, receiving referrals and seeing patients from across the UK and from around the world. He estimates he has seen patients from every continent. He set up the Balance Centre in the Neurosciences Unit at Medway Maritime Hospital which is widely recognised as a Centre of Excellence in the management of balance problems.

With regard to balance disorders, a study of 50 patients he has seen has shown that, on average, they had been unwell for 44 months before they saw him and in that time had seen at least 2 other hospital specialists (about 5 times) and their GP an average of 8 times. However, these same patients were, on average, 70% better 9 months after their first visit to him. He also diagnoses, quantifies and is able to recommend the most appropriate treatment / management for hearing loss and tinnitus.

Dr Surenthiran lectures regularly at national and international conferences and courses. He has organised in the past the Vestibular Rehabilitation Course (Basic and Advanced Parts) which was one of only two or three such courses of its kind world-wide and is on the Faculty of the Leicester Balance Course. He is actively involved in research and also works with the School of Psychology, University of Kent on a number of research studies which has already resulted in successful PhD and MSc submissions for members of the research team, journal articles and conference presentations. He regularly lectures and presents at national and internationally conferences, seminars and courses to doctors, allied health professionals and lawyers.

He set up the Balance Centre at Medway Maritime Hospital which is now widely recognised as a Centre of Excellence in the management of balance problems. With regard to balance disorders, a study of 50 patients he has seen has shown that, on average, they had been unwell for 44 months before they saw him and in that time had seen at least 2 other hospital specialists (about 5 times) and their GP an average of 8 times. However, these same patients were, on average, 70% better 9 months after their first visit to him. He also diagnoses, quantifies and is able to recommend the most appropriate treatment / management for hearing loss and tinnitus.

Dr Surenthiran lectures regularly at national and international conferences and courses. He organises and runs the Vestibular Rehabilitation Course (Basic and Advanced Parts) and is on the Faculty of the Leicester Balance Course. His research interests include balance disorders and tinnitus.


Clinical Interests


Dr Surenthiran specialises exclusively in the management of balance disorders (vertigo, unsteadiness, dizziness, and giddiness), hearing loss and tinnitus and is known nationally and internationally for his expertise in the management of balance disorders in particular. He is on the European General Medical Council’s Specialist Register as a specialist accredited in the diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders, hearing loss and tinnitus. He is also a very experienced expert witness dealing with the medico-legal aspects of balance disorders, hearing loss and tinnitus and is an adviser to the General Medical Council

Private contact details

Telephone 01892 741150
Website http://www.balancespecialist.com
Private secretary telephone 01892 741150
Private secretary fax 01892 740 046
Private secretary email tunbridgewebform@spirehealthcare.com
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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.
Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology
Member of the International Society for Posture & Gait Research
Expert Witness Institute
British Medical Association

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Neuro-otologist, Balance Centre, Neuroscience Unit, Medway NHS Trust, Medway Maritime Hospital

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Personal Profile

In his spare time Dr Surenthiran likes Martial arts, regular gym sessions and swimming.

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