It is with sadness, that I regret to announce that my former colleague,
Mr Terence Buffin FRCS, passed away on 24th October.
Terry was one of the earliest members of BAAP. As an ENT Surgeon in
Sheffield, he developed a particular interest in hearing and balance
disorders in adults and children and eventually adopted the role of an
audiovestibular physician. He established the North Trent Medical
Audiology Service in the late 1980s and along with Dr John Stevens,
Medical Physicist, he set up the Sheffield adult cochlear implant
service and also introduced one of the first targeted newborn hearing
screening programmes in the UK.
Any of you involved in medico-legal practice will be familiar with the
‘Coles, Lutman, Buffin’ Noise Deafness Guidelines, published in
Clinical Otolaryngology, (2000) and still very much in use at the
present time. This seminal work in respect to the diagnosis of noise
induced hearing loss is quoted regularly by those involved in litigation.
Following his retirement in the mid 1990s, he continued to serve, until
recently, as President of the local ‘Hear Again’ charity which was
initially set up to fund cochlear implants and continues to support
projects relating to deafness, also The Sheffield Tinnitus Association
and the Sheffield Deaf Children’s Society.
He is survived by his three sons and his grandchildren.
BAAP Audit Committee Chairman
'Essay on Hearing' by Terence Buffin FRCS